Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. American Studies Program


Margaret McFadden

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Leonard


Nine months ago, I set out to write a thesis on childbirth: hippies having their babies in the woods, hospital politics, and women’s rights. The final product is very different than what I had intended. Instead of finding crazy hippies in the woods, I found a community of kind and skilled midwives and loving, openhearted mothers. I am deeply indebted to these inspiring women for their stories and wisdom, which fill the pages of this thesis. Interviewing these mothers, midwives, and home birth advocates was a tremendously empowering experience for me, a young woman.


midwife, women's rights, childbirth

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