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2013 Fearless Birth California Film Festival

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives

Directed by Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore

95 mins

Fearless Birth California Film Festival

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
March 21, 2013 7:00 pm

Description

BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN AND THE FARM MIDWIVES tells the story of counterculture heroine Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each others 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 became an integral part of a new, entirely communal, agricultural society called The Farm. The people of the Farm 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 generations 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 midwivesarchival 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.


Precedes

  1. Discussion Panel with Birth Professionals

    A chance to ask questions and learn more about birth choices from our panel of local birth professionals.

    Preceded by: Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives



Preceded By

  1. Birth Options: Empowering Women Through Choice

    20 mins
    BIRTH OPTIONS: Empowering Women Through Choice by Beth Hondl is the story of two births - one at home, the other in a hospital - and the importance of choice when preparing for birth.

    Precedes: Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives


  2. Guided Visualization

    10 mins
    Guided Visualization lead by Jessica Premsangha Prakasha. Jessica is a certified yoga instructor, doula, certified massage therapist, somatic educator and mama. http://www.premsangha.com/

    Precedes: Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives


Dates & Times

Fearless Birth California Film Festival

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
March 21, 2013 7:00 pm