Ina May Gaskin, the godmother of modern midwifery, talks with Lisa Reagan about the rising homebirth rates, why this doesn’t mean much to her, her history of advocacy for intervention-free birth, including being booed by women students at Yale University in the 1970s, and her hopes for all mothers and babies seeking an empowering and healthy birth.
Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. Founded in 1971, by 1996, the Farm Midwifery Center had handled more than 2600 births, with remarkably good outcomes. Ms. Gaskin herself has attended more than 1200 births. She is author of Spiritual Midwifery, now in its fourth edition.