Westover provides the story about a midwife who had come to their home to pick some herbs from her mother, who was to be her assistant. Some of the herbs included calendula, witch hazel, and lobelia. The midwife visited them at another time with her nine-year-old daughter, Maria whom she used as a model to show Westover’s mother strategies that she could use to administer post-birth contractions. Westover goes on to explain that her mother “…didn’t want to be a midwife” (Westover 13). The entire midwifery concept had been her father’s idea. As a good wife, the mother was only doing what would be expected of her by her husband. Her father was keen to ensure that his family attains self-reliance.