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+
BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKING AND THE FARM MIDWIVES Ina May Gaskin, midwife assistant students
Genre: Documentary; Starring: Ina May Gaskin; Director: Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore; Runtime (in minutes): 93; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: Ghost Robot
Posted January 20 2013 — 12:00 AM EST
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