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Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin And The Farm Midwives

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BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKING AND THE FARM MIDWIVES Ina May Gaskin, midwife assistant students

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 a 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+