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, built their own houses, published their own books, and, as word of their social experiment spread, created a model of care for women and babies that changed a generation's approach to childbirth. Forty years ago Ina May led the charge away from isolated hospital birthing rooms, where husbands were not allowed and mandatory forceps deliveries were the norm. Today, as nearly one third of all US babies are born via C-section, she fights to preserve her community's hard-won knowledge. With incredible access to the midwives' archival video collection, the film not only captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic-from its heyday into the present-but shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it-unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring. (c) Official Site

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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.

Mar 7, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Highlights Gaskin's down-home gumption as an advocate for the glory of natural childbirth.

Jan 16, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Challengingly graphic but good-natured doc is an eye-opener on midwivery.

Jan 16, 2013 | Full Review…

A granola ode to natural childbirth that makes you want to hop into a tub of warm water and start pushing.

Jan 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5

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.

Mar 28, 2013

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

Jan 30, 2013 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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