Although Utah Territory had many great stats when compared to the rest of the nation, what one statistic did they lag on in the late 1840’s when compared to the rest of the country?
a. Life expectancy
b. Death rate
C Her Grandfather
From the life of Ellis Reynolds Shipp: Ellis wasted no time preparing to return home to her family [after graduating from medical school in Philadelphia]. Her first decision was to move into a separate home with her children and set up the second floor of the home as an office and a consulting room. She immediately had many obstetrical and gynecological cases. She also came to be known as the best doctor to set and repair broken bones. She told people that she learned more about setting bones from her old grandfather than she ever did in medical school. Dr. Shipp soon set up her own school of obstetrics and gynecology, and women came from the wards in Utah and Idaho to learn from her. She also traveled in Canada and Mexico teaching women in the Church. At times women had to bring their babies to class. Dr. Shipp would often hold their babies so they could take notes while she lectured. Ellis was known to have never turned away from a call for her service. Her fee for prenatal and delivery care was $25.00, but only if they had it to pay. She was often paid in eggs, garden produce, or even chickens. Included in the maternity care were additional visits leading up to the birth, actual delivery, bathing the mother and the newborn, and ten additional visits after delivery.
Lesson Committee, Museum Memories-Daughters of Utah Pioneers, (Salt Lake City, Talon Printing, 2010), 2: 53.