Owen Gleiberman
January 20, 2013 AT 05:00 AM EST

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
93 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/18/13
performer
Ina May Gaskin
director
Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore
distributor
Ghost Robot
genre
Documentary

We gave it an B+

Courtly and bespectacled, with scraggly long gray hair, Ina May Gaskin doesn’t look like a rebel; she looks like an aging-hippie Betsy Ross. But 40 years ago, on a commune in Tennessee, she spearheaded the counterculture of modern midwives, who’ve become an increasing presence as U.S. cesarean rates have skyrocketed. This inspiring doc, Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, highlights Gaskin’s down-home gumption as an advocate for the glory of natural childbirth. B+

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