Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives: Would You Consider an Alternative Birth Method?

ByKylie McConville
Published
May 2013
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The documentary, Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives, tells the story of Ina May Gaskin and her hippie friends during the 1970’s, when they began delivering each others babies in caravans full of hippies, headed toward a patch of Tennessee land.

The women, under the leadership of Ina May Gaskin, taught themselves midwifery and with the support of their families, founded an entirely communal and agricultural society they coined The Farm. The women grew their own food, built their own houses, published their own literature and created a model of care for women and their infants that changed an entire generation’s approach to childbirth.

Forty years ago, Ina, alongside The Farm Midwives, led women away from isolated hospital birthing rooms where their husbands were not allowed and delivery via forceps was the norm. Even today, as more than one-third of babies born in the U.S. are delivered via C-section, Ina May and The Farm Midwives surge forward, working tirelessly to redefine birth.

Our own editors at The Bump have previewed the film and were absolutely touched and amazed by Ina May, The Farm Midwives and their journey to open doors for women, labor, delivery and newborn care. It’s interesting for women deciding which type of birth they would like to have and just as interesting for women who aren’t sure what type of of birthing experience they’d prefer or even what options exist.

Watch the trailer for the documentary here:

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