Ina May Gaskin on birthing the home birth movement

May 31, 2012

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Yailin Melissa Turcios, who was born about 20 minutes prior, is in the arms of midwife, Joni McCann, as her mother talks on the cell phone to relatives at the Birthing Center of South Florida October 16, 2006 in Florida City, Florida. Credit: Joe Raedle/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.


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