A Midwife's Tale | 1997
Dramatization of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Martha Ballard, a midwife and mother in the wilds of Maine during the decades following the American Revolution. Ballard, kept a 27-year diary, from which Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote her book. An extraordinary woman, Ballard struggled against poverty, disease, domestic abuse and social turmoil on the northern frontier of a young nation. Her story is interwoven with the quest of the historian to uncover Ballard's world from the sparsely detailed diary.