Motherhood in the Old South: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infant Rearing

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-05-01
  • Publisher: Louisiana State Univ Pr

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Sally G. McMillen has written an enthralling account of the childbearing and rearing responsibilities that consumed, often literally, the lives of women in the Old South. She explores the social, political, and medical influences of the time that led women to assume fervently the full responsibility for their "sacred occupation" and examines how a woman's maternal role ensured her value within the family and the greater society.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix(4)
Manuscript Repositories xiii
Introduction 1(6)
1 To Physicke and Comfort: The Antebellum Medical Profession
2 In a Delicate Way: Pregnancy
3 To Alleviate Her Anxieties: Assistance During Labor
4 In Sorrow Does She Bring Forth: Medical Concerns of Childbirth
5 So Sweet an Office: Material Breast-Feeding
6 Sources of Comfort and Double Anxiety: Infant Illness and Maternal Care
7 Their Sorrowing Hearts: Infant Mortality and Maternal Bereavement
Conclusion 180(9)
Appendix One: Tables 189(8)
Appendix Two: Southern Women and Their Families 197(20)
Glossary 217(4)
Selected Sources 221(2)
Index 233

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