Mormon Midwife
Mormon Midwife
ed. Donna Toland Smart

$34.95 paper
Published: 1999

ISBN 978-0-87421-274-7
480 pages

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Life Writings of Frontier Women, vol 2

Mormon Midwife

The 1846-1888 Diaries of Patty Sessions

1997 Evans Handcart Award

ed. Donna Toland Smart

Also by Donna T. Smart - Over the Rim

Volume 2, Life Writings of Frontier Women series, ed. Maureen Ursenbach Beecher

Patty Session's 1847 Mormon Trail diary has been widely quoted and excerpted, but her complete diaries chronicling the first decades of Mormon settlement at Salt Lake City have never before been published. They provide a detailed record of early Mormon community life from Illinois to Utah through the eyes of Mormondom's most famous midwife. They also recount her important role in women's social networks and her contributions to community health and Utah's economy, to pioneer education and horticulture. Patty Sessions assisted at the births of humdreds of early Mormons and first-generation Utahns, meticulously recording the events. Shed had an active role in the founding of the Relief Society and health organizations. She spoke in tongues and administered spiritually as well as medically to the ill. Her diaries are a rich resource for early Mormon and Utah history.