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Ina May Gaskin on birthing the home birth movement

by Patt Morrison

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Right Livelihood prize winner Ina May Gaskin, founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee, US, speaks at a press conference in Stockholm on December 5, 2011, prior to receiving the prize for her life’s work teaching and advocating safe, woman-centered childbirth methods. JONAS EKSTROMER/AFP/Getty Images

In the 1970s, Ina May Gaskin led a caravan of her friends to a rural patch of land in Tennessee that they called The Farm. There, they grew their own food, built their own houses, and delivered their own babies. As the social experiment spread, it emerged as a model of health care for women and their babies that altered a generation’s approach to childbirth.

Her work is now credited with reforming the way America gives birth, shifting it away from the isolated hospital room where fathers were not allowed and forceps were mandatory.

Guest host Alex Cohen talks with Ina May about her life work and the upcoming documentary about the movement she started and how it changed the way we live.

The documentary will be premiering at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, June 14-24.


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