Lincolnville Health Care
- Many people in the community were delivered by midwives.
Around the 1930s, Doctors would make various house calls to those who were ill and other times, the members of the community would travel on foot or by Horse and Wagon to see a Doctor. Back then, once you’ve seen a doctor, there was a small fee to pay because health cards (MSI) didn’t exist.
If there were times someone couldn’t get to see a doctor, a family member would use home remedies to cure or heal the illness. One remedy that was used quite often for the common cold was rubbing the chest and back with Goose Grease and Wrapping yourself in Red Flannel Fabric. Another remedy that was used was to put 2 drops of Minards Liniment on a Teaspoon of Sugar and eat it. These two remedies were popular and seemed to show very effective results.
Sarah Ash, Jane Reddick, and Jane Desmond delivered babies in Lincolnville. Jane Desmond was one of the most popular midwomen in the area, delivering babies in Lincolnville, Upper Big Tracadie and Monastery. She provided her services for both the white and the African Nova Scotian communities.
Most people never saw a doctor. Midwives had no official training; they practiced on life experience. Almost all babies were born at home until the 1960’s.