Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives

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If you haven’t yet been cornered by a pregnant friend who wants to discuss their birth plan in detail… well, it’ll happen. Birth Story puts the modern midwifery movement in context, diving back to the ’70s, when a caravan of natural-birth advocates drove from San Francisco to Tennessee to found the still-operational Farm Midwifery Center. The doc’s full of interviews with cool old ladies, gory/fascinating descriptions of birthing methods, and great archival footage of pregnant hippies happily popping out babies on communes. It’s inspiring stuff, regardless of your own birth plan. Or lack thereof.

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