Neighborhood Stories: The Midwife Center


In the last issue of the History Center’s magazine, readers became acquainted with Hannah Sandusky, midwife and resident of the Hill District, who delivered more than 3,000 babies in the late 19th century. “Midwife,” an odd term, comes from two words; “mid” is Old English for “with” and “wife” was used interchangeably with “woman.” A midwife is, then, someone who is “with the woman.”

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