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PostSubject: Re: A Child With No Name   Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:52 pm

Birth control has been around since the acient Egyptians, according to what I found online. I won't share the details, but you can look it up at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_control

And here's an article from Yale-New Haven about it: http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1982/6/82.06.03.x.html


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PostSubject: Re: A Child With No Name   Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:57 pm

Thanks for those links. The info is really, but really interesting. Thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: A Child With No Name   Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:12 pm

It fascinates me because I think of contraception as a modern-day thing.


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PostSubject: Re: A Child With No Name   Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:12 pm

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I can understand Laura blaming Doctor Baker, because she was grieving, but I find it hard to believe the town would turn on him the way they did. I think that is the thing that makes this episode a little over the top. And yes, why would Harriet take Laura's side and turn on Doc Baker? That seems odd to me.

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The one thing that irks me about this episode is how seemingly ready Laura and Almanzo are to try to have another child. Up until that night when Doc Baker told them Rose would be okay, Laura was still very filled with anger and grief. When did this conversation take place? How could she be ready to think of having another baby with the passing of her son so recent? While it made for a great ending, I think we could have just had Laura apologize without acting all giddy and saying they were thinking of having another baby.

Did people back then even have any kind of family planning? I would just assume that they would not have to "think of having another baby" and that they would just accept any babies that came along without having to do any specific "thinking" about having one or not.

was thinking the same.seemed so odd and un like the town would be


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PostSubject: Re: A Child With No Name   Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:30 pm

Soo sad this one...Laura sure felt terrible... bawling


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PostSubject: Re: A Child With No Name   Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:01 am

In fact, people planned if they wanted more children or not. I remember people reading people discussing it even at XVI century. However, since the ways of controlling those births was not so easy as it is nowadays, a baby could be born even if people didn't planned it. grinsmiley

I don't know if this would be censured as "mature content", but I've seen English cartoons in which you could notice condoms and researchers also discovered condoms even in ancient Egyptian tombs.

Women also used to perform some kind of intime baths with vinegar in order of not having children.

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PostSubject: Re: A Child With No Name   Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:56 pm

[quote="Gin"] Cheryl...I have wondered that too...especially in among all the "saloon girls." Did THEY do something to prevent a pregnancy??[/q

Actually birth control has been around since the beginning of time.
And there were people that did know how to terminate pregnancies.......unfortunately infections were common afterwards.

I often have wondered if , after Almanzo was stricken with polio if he lost the ability to father more children......just a thought


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PostSubject: Re: A Child With No Name   Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:25 am

Well, they did have male birth control in the 1800's and women had ways they felt helped prevent it. Some women were just not very fertile and some, as my great grandparents told, just didn't have sex when you didn't want another mouth to feed.
Some men, although immoral, would visit the "town ladies" and they sometimes were more educated on how to prevent pregnancy but not always.
I remember in a quick google years ago, being shocked at some of the things women did for preventing or getting rid of a baby, not talked about openly, but still done by some in that time period and before. Some were silly, some worked but could be dangerous, some were primitive versions of things we have now.
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PostSubject: Re: A Child With No Name   Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:52 am

Not a realistic episode at all. Although sudden infant death syndrome would not have been understood back then, babies still died and without showing any signs of illness.

The entire town (almost) would not have been so against Dr. Baker.
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PostSubject: Re: A Child With No Name   Sat Apr 04, 2015 4:09 pm

I wish Laura hadn't been so harsh with Dr. Baker, but I understood where she was coming from.  She needed somebody to blame and it was easy to blame him since he laughed about Laura and Almanzo bringing the baby in for a check up three times before he was a week old.  He also said that the baby was as healthy a baby boy as he had ever seen.  

I don't know how realistic most of the town turning against Dr. Baker after all those years was, but Laura probably told them off screen that Dr. Baker practically laughed her out of his office when she voiced concerns about her baby boy due to what happened with her baby brother. There is also the fact that Charles was no longer in town to talk sense into people since he was often the voice of reason when people in town acted rashly and unfairly.

I also understood why Mrs. Oleson sided with Laura.  While it wasn't normal for her to side with Laura, it was normal for her to be nasty to and vilify any of the townspeople that she thought made a mistake, whether it was the Ingalls, Dr. Baker, Reverend Alden, Mr. Edwards or countless others.  Since Laura was acting like Harriet in the way she treated Dr. Baker, it was easy for Harriet to side with Laura and direct her wrath towards Dr. Baker.

I'm glad Laura was able to forgive and apologize to Dr. Baker in the end.
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