Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith
Prophet, Seer and Revelator

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Brigham Young, Midwives

Since women often died in childbirth because of inadequate medical help, the need for midwives was critical. Brigham urged Romania B. Pratt, wife of Parley Pratt Jr., to go to New York to medical school so she could train midwives to work in the outlying communities. She left her husband and five children, including a small baby, to go east to school. After one year, she found that she did not have enough money to complete her education. So she returned home and asked Eliza R. Snow and the Relief Society to help her. Word went out to the women of the Church; and through many small donations of the sisters, she received enough money to finish her degree. She came back to Utah and taught others about medicine, midwifery, and nursing.

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