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Bette Cahills Butterbox Babies is a true story of baby deaths and black market adoptions in East Chester Nova Scotia Butterbox Babies 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 unmarried women could secretly give birth to their babies- for a great price though In the 1930s and 1940s a woman was considered a disgrace to the town and more importantly her family if she was pregnant and not married To some women the Ideal Maternity Home was a saviour- a place where they could give birth and then have the baby put up for adoption hassel-free However the price for board and the birth cost a fortune The service fee was 300 a years wage Despite the price many 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
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