Butterbox Babies

Bette Cahill's is a true story of baby deaths and black market adoptions in East Chester, Nova Scotia. describes the scandalous activities of the Ideal Maternity Home and Sanitarium in East Chester. The Home was owned and operated by William and Lila Young. William was a chiropractor who impersonated a medical doctor at the Ideal Maternity Home. He disguised himself in a white lab coat while delivering babies. Lila was a midwife who was illegally assisting with childbirth. The Home was established in 1928, and what started off to be a tiny cottage-based business became a million-dollar enterprise in a 54-room mansion.
The Ideal Maternity Home seemed to be a great place where ...

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women turned to the Home when in need. The women who entered the home signed a contract drafted by the Youngs' lawyer, Charles Longley, stating that they would pay the $300. Mothers who had difficulty paying their bills were hounded by the Youngs and threatened with "police action . . .".
The Youngs were aware that if a mother had taken the case to court, then no money would be awarded for their illegal service. Thus, the Youngs had many different ways of getting their money. One of the ways was by threatening to expose the baby and shame the mother. The women were then forced to somehow scrap up the money, either by taking a loan from the bank or even borrowing money from her family. Another way the Youngs would get the money would be by convincing one of the men the mother had slept with into thinking that the baby was his. If he did not pay the $150 they threatened to take him to court. If there was no other alternative, the mother was put to work at the Maternity ...

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