Last Friday evening, I had the opportunity to attend the film Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives. I cried, laughed, and cheered all throughout the movie. I walked out of that movie feeling sexy, empowered, and ready to have a baby. I was ready to find my midwife and take on the world.
Well, I hate to break it to you. I’m not pregnant, so I won’t be having a baby anytime soon. However, after seeing that film I am even more passionate now to educate, care for, and get women “Birth FIT”.
This is a beautiful movie full of life and love. The documentary follows Ina May Gaskin and other courageous women as they caravanned from San Francisco to Tennessee educating and teaching themselves the art of midwifery. Since the 1970s, Ina May has the been the face leading women (and their partners) to have the birth they envision. Ina May continues to teach and lecture all over the United States. The Farm is still open in Tennessee.
Birth Story Movie won the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2012. There was two screenings with a third one added the final weekend due to sellout crowds. The Kickstarter Blog recently posted about the fabulous film. Birth Story Movie shows that birth is not a disease but a condition. The movie shows the support of a community and the magic of birth.
The documentary by Sara Lamm (Magic Soapbox) and Mary Wigmore shows that birth doesn’t have to be all forceps, episiotomies, and epidurals. Birth will be whatever you open your heart up for it to be. If you’re a woman, mother, mother-to-be, or even a soon-to-be father, find a way to watch this movie. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER.