History of a Maine Midwife to Be Made Into a Film

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's history of an 18th-century Maine midwife will be made into a documentary film, with the historian in a leading role -- as herself.

Now being scripted, the film is based on Ms. Ulrich's A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. Published in 1990, the book won the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes in history. Laurie Kahn-Leavitt, a film maker, plans to dramatize scenes from the midwife's life as well as to recount Ms.