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Seattle Pioneer Midwife

In 1900 my great-grandmother, Alice Ada Wood Ellis, had one year of nurses' training, no license, and called herself a nurse. She was a single mother with two small children Myrtle 2 ½ years of age and Marie a 6-month-old baby. She traveled to Seattle on a locomotive steam train. She placed two beds in her front parlor and ran a birthing service, for a fee, in her own home in Green Lake WA. Alice's story gives life to Seattle's colorful past." Susan E. Fleming

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Joyce Wallace says ... on Sunday, Mar 2 at 2:53 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It had so many interesting experiences of birthing and the kindness of Alice dealing with women unmarried in all types of financial situations...It was also wonderful to read about Seattle and local history.

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