Ina may gaskin the farm
Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May GaskinHere is the 4th edition of the classic book on home birth that introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth. Back again are even more amazing birthing tales, including those from women who were babies in earlier editions and stories about Old Order Amish women attended by the Farm midwives.
Also new is information about the safety of techniques routinely used in hospitals during and after birth, information on postpartum depression and maternal death, and recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives.
From the amazing birthing tales to care of the newborn, Spiritual Midwifery is still one of the best books an expectant mother could own. Includes resources for doulas, childbirth educators, birth centers, and other organizations and alliances dedicated to improving maternity care at home and in hospitals.
Ina May and Steven Gaskin on Midwives, The Farm and Being "Technicolor Amish"
Stephen Gaskin, founder of The Farm, dies at 79
This is Part 2 of a three-part series on Natural Birth. Click here for Part 1 and Part 3. When I was pregnant, I was terrified of childbirth. I loved her message—that we do not have to be fearful of childbirth, and that laughter and kissing and politeness can help reduce pain. And I loved her statistics —there is an incredibly low rate of medical interventions for births at the Farm Midwifery Center , which Ina May founded on the Tennessee commune , where the aforementioned caravan of school buses landed. After a good dose of Ina May, I was confident that I could give birth naturally.
Stephen Gaskin — an often tie-dye-clad hippie philosopher, a proud "freethinker" and iconic founder of The Farm — died Tuesday morning at his home. He was More than four decades ago, Mr. Gaskin — an ex-combat marine with crystalline blue eyes — led a caravan of nonconformists across the country, taking his band of beatnik brethren deep into the Tennessee woods and establishing what would become The Farm, one of the country's oldest surviving communes. It was the vision of a man who spoke with pride about the lineage of freethinkers from which he came. In his home, months before his death, Mr.
Ina May Gaskin drives cautiously round the winding dirt tracks of the Farm , an eco-community buried deep in a acre backwood south of Nashville. She slows down to wave to a young woman with her two children: "Both those were born at home," she murmurs, "as was the mother. Every so often, a clearing reveals a ramshackle house with a rusting 70s school bus in the driveway. We overtake a large, bearded teenager on a bicycle. A closed community of people, the Farm was founded in by a group of idealistic beatniks who travelled here in convoy from San Francisco. It's now the closest thing to the last hippy commune on earth.
“Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives” – Trailer
At once a pillar of strength and a kindly, ever-nurturing presence at age 72, Gaskin reflects on her four-plus decades spent delivering babies and training other women to do the same. Collectively these women testify to the virtues of giving birth the old-fashioned way, an experience they claim produces agony and ecstasy in equal measure, unmediated by the drugs and C-sections that obstetricians, the film argues, are generally too quick to prescribe. Gaskin speaks from personal experience, flashing back to the horror of having her first child delivered with a pair of forceps, a practice that has declined over the past few decades. More often than not, however, this mother of midwifery is a font of good humor, earning laughs when she wryly informs a roomful of listeners that women are as anatomically elastic as men are, and adhering to the eminently sensible notion that kindness, a gentle touch and a reassuring manner are all the instruments a midwife really needs. Tech package is fine. Childbirth footage looks degraded from age, but this only enhances its already unassailable authenticity. Directed by Sara Lamm, Mary Wigmore.