Butterbox Babies: Baby Sales, Baby Deaths. The Scandalous Story of the Ideal Maternity Home.

Butterbox Babies: Baby Sales, Baby Deaths. The Scandalous Story of the Ideal Maternity Home. Many Of The Babies Born At The Ideal Maternity Home In East Chester, Nova Scotia, Were Not Adopted Instead They Mysteriously Disappeared, Becoming Known As Butterbox Babiesher Ongoing Examination, Revealing The Sometimes Happy, Often Heartbreaking Endings Of Survivors Searching For Their Birth Parents

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  • Hardcover
  • Butterbox Babies: Baby Sales, Baby Deaths. The Scandalous Story of the Ideal Maternity Home.
  • Bette L. Cahill
  • English
  • 10 September 2019
  • 9780921054559

10 thoughts on “Butterbox Babies: Baby Sales, Baby Deaths. The Scandalous Story of the Ideal Maternity Home.

  1. says:

    Excellent in depth, detailed research job presenting an important and fascinating history I learned a lot reading this book, about a place and time, a specific and particularly bad example of a home for unwed mothers, and a particular phenomena women shamed and bullied into having and giving up their babies, paying fortunes to do so, all to sell babies to other desperate families Also presents really interesting context on social work in Nova Scotia, and the wild west of adoption non regulation up to the 40s or so It would have also been really interesting to provide contextual analysis why so many women were driven by shame in that era, how it has changed and what hasn t, what the implications are today I was surprised how rarely abortion is mentioned in the book Also that the later, echoing phenomenon of the sixties scoop wasn t mentioned at all.

  2. says:

    I think I bought this book in the early 1990s and finally got around to reading it It was worth the wait Cahill has done a masterful job of research and recounting this fascinating tale Highly recommended.

  3. says:

    Very interesting read I feel like there was a lot of repetition and I wish the story had been told in a linear way However, I m glad I read it.

  4. says:

    I learned so much about how unwanted pregnancies were handled during this time period in Nova Scotia This topic is of particular interest to me as I have relatives living in Nova Scotia who were in this situation during the the 30 s and 40 s.

  5. says:

    Its hard to believe that this really happened.

  6. says:

    This is a tough one I put off reading this until I noticed wanted it and decided to read it so I could send it to her I ve read some great books at perfect times to send to friends It always seems to work out.I ll start with something seemingly unimportant the title Why do authors, especially true crime authors, feel the need to disrespect the victims, usually babies, with these horrid titles If my son or daughter had been the victim of these monsters I wouldn t want him or her called a butterbox baby due to a detail from the crime This has bothered me with than a few t.c s, most recently Diane Fanning s book on Caylee Anthony which blares out the most horrible title imaginable, Mommy s Little Girl If that s not enough to make you sick I don t know what is.Beyond that though, the story is really written a lot better than I thought For some unknown reason I expected a sort of journalistic approach to the facts and details and it didn t read like that at all There are some photos included so we get to see the two monsters who thought this scheme up and set out to make it work for two decades.It s really hard to read how useless the authorities in Nova Scotia were at this time They were thwarted in every single way whenever they tried to help That s not to say they always tried to help some were concerned with their political careers the Young s had a lot of in town support from citizens because of the money they put into the stores and some just looked the other way.It s hard to understand how anyone who worked there was able to do so without killing themselves Then I try to remember this was a very different time And then again I remember that it wasn t so different in some ways Some of the people who did work there ran out and never came back after seeing certain things So why didn t the others Why were some able to deal with these babies being starved and neglected How can someone take a box with a baby in it and bury it in a hole in a field How does one go about that exactly One of Lila and William Young s daughters made some statements near the end of the book that really upset me I should probably note my feelings on family in general real fast I love my family I will back my family in whatever they do and always be there for them regardless If they act like family. I have, at this moment in time, two cousins and one aunt that I don t so much as claim as blood to me They re disgusting, useless human beings The blood running through our veins means nothing when the person doesn t act like family IMO I m not the sort of person that will dismiss a persons actions because they re family You only get that respect if you continue to earn it.So I have a hard time with Joy, a daughter of theirs, says how upset it made her to have her mother s grave shown on the news on t.v This was in relation to the entire story the news story on the home Joy said this was disturbing her rest That s some ballsy shit right there How about the hundreds upon hundreds of tiny little babies who have gotten no rest because of her mother Do they count Nope They re not family.She mentions worrying about how long her own children will have to deal with this I can understand that fully It would be a serious concern of mine as well But she never mentions the mothers who had their babies stolen or killed The babies who grew to be adults and couldn t even find the most simple medical information because of her mother s lack of record keeping which was in effort to hide her actions from the authorities It s all me, me, me, us, us, us Screw all of you who had things happen to them no human being should ever have to deal with IMO Joy is one a quarter of a step up from her parents One little sliver and she s just as disgusting in my mind It breaks my heart that women is raising has raised children Imagine that being your mother That being your grandmother That being your grandfather I shudder to think about it.

  7. says:

    Butterbox Babies is a story about the Ideal Maternity Home in Nova Scotia, Canada and its owners Lila and William Young from around 1925 to 1945 Initially this home was a place pregnant unwed mothers and sometimes married women whose husband was away, could go to to have their babies in total secrecy As the cost for going to this place was high many women had to work off their debt Many babies died and were buried in unmarked mass graves in butterboxes or other small wooden crates Many babies were adopted out illegally.This story is about the Young s greed and the justice that prevailed There were also stories of adopted children who searched for their roots with some having happy reunions with parents they never knew and others in great disappointment Its an interesting story of baby farming for profit.

  8. says:

    As an adoptive parent in Canada, albeit Ontario versus Nova Scotia, I found this book very informative Given the opportunist abuses that occurred in Nova Scotia s ironically named Ideal Maternity Home, this book reinforces the need for governmental controls related to adoption The process for adopting a child is indeed an invasive, emotional and lengthy one However, this book makes it abundantly clear to readers and prospective adoptive parents that the children s interests must always be paramount, justifying the process The used copy of this book that I bought in Orillia, Ontario includes handwritten notes in the pages that tell the story of Kate Davidson and Sharon Lehmann in Chapter 20 Sharon s name is underlined 3x, as is the reference to Timberlea, N.S and barn fire The name Eldred is penned in I don t know if this is meaningful to anyone looking for lost relatives but thought I would share just in case.

  9. says:

    A tragic tale, very, very sad It is outrageous how people can be so focused on monetary gain as to disregard mother baby bonding and sell babies for profit Next to this, the fraud charges that Lila and William Young faced pale in comparison The fact that so many babies remained lost without a paper trail and that so many people the few still alive are still looking for answers is truly heartbreaking.I realize it must be hard to write a book like this, keeping only to the facts and rumors and refraining from embellishing, but I found that the writing was dry I m not faulting the author necessarily, but there you have it.

  10. says:

    For historical record, the book Seems to be written objectively and accurately, quoting reams of newspaper sources and witnesses.As for mechanics, the chapters didn t always flow together, but it didn t take long to piece thIngs together The subject was fascinating, howeverespecially since it was so close to home geographically and emotionally My own father and uncle were adopted in that province at this period of time, so it was very interesting to understand the social climate of the day regarding unwed mothers There were very few happy endings to the scores of lives touched by the claws of a wolf in sheep s clothing.

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