Birth Story

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a birth junkie.

I can’t say when my interest in birth began, but after having three babies (two waterbirths and two homebirths, but only one waterbirth at home), it’s been well over a decade of reading and research about the state of birthing in modern culture.

You can even listen to a podcast of me discussing the differences in the birthing culture in the UK (where my oldest was born) vs. the US (where the next two were born) on Giving Birth Naturally.

We’d be nowhere in this discussion if we didn’t talk about Ina May Gaskin and her revolutionary compound known as The Farm, the center of the US natural birthing movement.  Part hippie compound, part maternity ward, The Farm has been the site of tremendous on-the-job learning about women’s physiology and the birthing process.

A 2012 documentary “Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives” is a a critically-acclaimed look at the life and work of the eponymous figure and the legacy of The Farm and its collective knowledge.  I’m pleased to announce that Birth Story will be screened in Austin at the AMC Barton Creek Square on Thursday, September 19th at 7.30pm.  Please purchase advance tickets, as the last time this film played in Austin, it sold out well before the screening.

I had the good fortune of meeting Kathleen Rosemary, a longtime resident of The Farm now living in Austin, a few weeks ago.  She will be hosting a Q&A after the screening, giving viewers a unique opportunity to further discuss issues raised in the film.

The screening is a fundraiser to support training for birth attendants and parents in energetic healing methods.

Hope to see you there!

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