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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.
Highlights Gaskin's down-home gumption as an advocate for the glory of natural childbirth.
Challengingly graphic but good-natured doc is an eye-opener on midwivery.
A granola ode to natural childbirth that makes you want to hop into a tub of warm water and start pushing.
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.
Lengthy documentation of births. . .are fascinating to watch. . .but ends up reinforcing every stereotype. . . of midwifery as more appropriate to hippie lifestyle or Amish.
The old ways are the still best, asserts this documentary, especially if it's a DIY birth with a midwife on hand to help.
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