Women and Childbirth: A Historical Perspective on Maternity in the Haliburton Highlands Bioregion
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The paper presents an historical perspective on the transition from midwivery to modern medical maternity care in rural areas such as the Haliburton Highlands. The Red Cross Nurses who followed in the steps of traditional lay midwives were an important part of this medical progression. The focus here is on the Wilberforce area and the Wilberforce Red Cross Outpost. The history of maternity in the Highlands looks at midwives and maternity, midwives versus medicine, and medicine and maternity. There follows a look at present-day maternity care in the Highlands and forward to future potential for maternity care in the area.