I am so excited about this new film about Ina May Gaskin and The Farm. I loved reading Ina May’s book Spiritual Midwifery before I had both my children and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in birth, children and seventies counterculture.
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives tells the story of Ina May and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other’s babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed for a patch of rural Tennessee. 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 their generation’s approach to childbirth.
The film is currently being screened internationally and will be released on DVD in the spring.