The Red Raspberry Doula Collective hosts a special screening of Birth Story: Ina Mya Gaskin and the Farm Midwives at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Salmar Classic.
The film captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune, rescued modern midwifery from extinction and changed the way a generation thought about childbirth.
Today, as nearly one-third of all U.S. babies are born via C-section, they labour on, fighting to preserve their knowledge and pushing, once again, for the rebirth of birth.
With extensive access to the midwives’ archival video collection, the film not only captures the unique sisterhood at “The Farm Clinic,” it shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it – unadorned, unabashed and awe-inspiring.
Gaskin, a certified professional midwife, has been called “the most famous midwife in the world.
She is the founder and director of The Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee, and is the author of four books, including the wildly popular Spiritual Midwifery.
Birth Story premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival and won the prestigious Audience Award.
A discussion on maternal health issues will follow the 95-minute film, led by the Red Raspberry Doula Collective.
For more information, visit www.birthstorymovie.com.
Admission is $7 at the door.