EVANGELINE BELONGIA La BROSSE
Evangeline also taught infant care and hygiene to young married women, some of whom were as young as 13 years old. She taught other women the skills of midwifery and assisted doctors. It was common for a woman not to want to be seen by a man other than her husband, so the midwife would do the "hands on" delivery work and describe what was happening to the doctor standing behind a screen or blanket hung from the ceiling joists.
At a time when refrigeration of food was almost unknown, many infants died from food poisoning shortly after starting to wean from breast milk. These babies would gradually weaken and succumb to diarrhea and dehydration. They were described as "not having the will to live" or other vague notions since the disease causing deaths was not known. Dairy products, cooked meats and other prepared foods were often made once a day and stored at room temperature to be eaten throughout the entire day or longer. The bacteria that grew in the food, although not greatly affecting most people, was deadly to infants and the elderly. Many young mothers lived far from their original families, having no one to consult on important child rearing concerns. Evangeline, along with other midwives, was called upon to help them understand and overcome the problems of infant mortality due to food poisoning and other dangers of the time. They were also consulted on many family illnesses and often knew how to prepare the medicines necessary for treatment. More than a few cattle, sheep, goats and horses were assisted in the difficult births of their young by midwives, since these animals were valuable and essential to the prosperity of the family.
BELANGER was born in 1840 at Quebec Canada. She was married
1861 at St-Andrew-East, QC to Moise LABROSSE. Moise (also
was born 1828 at QC, Canada and died 1910 at Oconto WI, US.
Belanger La Brosse died 1935 at Oconto, WI, US. Evangeline was 95 years
old. She was the mother of Exilda La Brosse Dalton, John La
Sophie La Brosse Frechette, and William La Brosse.
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