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The Modern Midwife: Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin

In 1971, Ina May Gaskin founded "The Farm," a place where women can give birth without machines or drugs.  She tells guest host Phoebe Judge about giving birth to her own children conventionally, an experience so rough it moved her to find another way. When she first began her work as a midwife, she says, she knew little more than that you should be nice to the mother. "That’s what I did," she says. In the decades since, Gaskin’s approach to natural childbirth has appealed to thousands of women.

Also in this show: Three daughters and one son tell the stories of growing up in their mothers’ kitchens in this story by the Kitchen Sisters producers.