Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives (2013)

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives

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The feature-length documentary BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN & THE FARM MIDWIVES tells the story of counterculture heroine Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other's babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. With Ina May as their leader, the women taught themselves midwifery from the ground up, and, with their families, founded an entirely communal, agricultural society called The Farm. They grew their own food, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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This film is so bereft of conflict and seems so intent on celebrating commune life and the sisterhood and the joys of midwifery that it glosses over important issues.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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Highlights Gaskin's down-home gumption as an advocate for the glory of natural childbirth.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
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Challengingly graphic but good-natured doc is an eye-opener on midwivery.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
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A granola ode to natural childbirth that makes you want to hop into a tub of warm water and start pushing.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
New York Times
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It's interesting how in retrospect what [Gaskin] espouses, something so simple could be considered radical. Yet Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore's documentary Birth Story makes that very point.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
National Post

Lengthy documentation of births. . .are fascinating to watch. . .but ends up reinforcing every stereotype. . . of midwifery as more appropriate to hippie lifestyle or Amish.

Full Review… | January 30, 2013
Film-Forward.com

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