Birthin’ Those Babies in Lanark County

Birthin’ Those Babies in Lanark County



In years gone by childbirth was women’s service to their husbands and many wealthy families wanted children for heirs. These well to do couples would most likely keep reproducing until they had a male child to give his land and money to. Many poor families wanted children for workers as these children could help work on the farm, family stores, or in the domestic service.

A pregnancy was very dangerous and it was very common for women to pass away during childbearing. Another frightening asset was having a premature baby. The risk of death was more concerning to the lower class women and that is why through Lanark county you see the names of the poor children one after one on the gravestones.

These women had poor diets that didn’t have enough nutrition and the other hand, for the wealthy, it was a different situation. They had a more balanced diet, and this…

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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