A docudrama adaptation of Ulrich's Pulitzer-winning book, which was based on thousands of entries in the journal of Martha Ballard, a Maine midwife, in the late 1700's and early 1800's. The... See full summary »

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Ephraim Ballard
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Ruth Anderson
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Sam Hardin
Jim Belding
Wallace Brown
Darrel Butler
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Paula Dawson
Sarah Evans
Alyson Green
Guy Grenier
Susan Hayward
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A docudrama adaptation of Ulrich's Pulitzer-winning book, which was based on thousands of entries in the journal of Martha Ballard, a Maine midwife, in the late 1700's and early 1800's. The movie intercuts between reenactments of Ballard doing her Maine midwifery and related tasks, and Ulrich in her eight years of research on her book; in the end, clear comparisons are made between the work of the two women. Written by Anonymous

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A Must-See For Students of American History
5 August 2001 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

Martha Ballard was a real American housewife and mother in the early days of our country. She was also a midwife who delivered hundreds of babies into the new world well into her old age. The hearty, rough-hewn character actress Kaulani Lee plays her to perfection, reminiscent of Anne Revere in "The Song of Bernadette". As her journal is played out, we see her children grow and marry, and get into trouble (along with their father) as the country struggles with democracy. Using authentic locales, props, & costumes, the filmmakers deliver a strong sense of the realities in living 200 years ago. This would make a good movie for Mother's Day or the 4th of July paired with "Drums Along the Mohawk" or "The Grapes of Wrath".


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