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  • Summary: Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives tells the story of a spirited group of women, led by counterculture heroine Ina May Gaskin, who taught themselves how to be midwives while creating a commune called The Farm in the 1970s. With access to the midwives’ archival video collection, the documentary captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic - from its earliest beginnings to the present - and the fight to preserve the community’s knowledge of midwifery. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jan 17, 2013
    83
    Highlights Gaskin's down-home gumption as an advocate for the glory of natural childbirth.
  2. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jan 17, 2013
    80
    The effective documentary makes her attitudes and techniques look unarguably commonsensical, for the most part; while many distributors will shy away from such graphic material, the film may thrive in niche bookings and will benefit from enthusiastic word-of-mouth on video.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jan 17, 2013
    70
    Warm, spirited and occasionally slathered in goo, Birth Story is a celebratory tribute to the endangered art of midwifery and its most influential practitioner, Ina May Gaskin.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 17, 2013
    60
    A granola ode to natural childbirth that makes you want to hop into a tub of warm water and start pushing.
  5. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Mar 7, 2013
    50
    Whatever the film's faults, though, it's safe to say that you may never view childbirth in the same way.