Join Ricki Lake, Abby Epstein and pregnant actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley on a tour of The Farm Community in Summertown, Tennessee, where pioneer midwife Ina May Gaskin talks candidly about the latest birth trends.
this really is a great movie series that every pregnant woman, mother or woman who wants to have kids someday should watch. this post has a lot of interviews with Ina May Gaskin, a well known midwife from Tennessee. She is an excellent author and I highly recommend all of her books, especially if you are expecting.
My one complaint about this movie is that it is in so many parts and you have to pay separately for each one. I rented these to watch them. I kind of wish I would have just bought them so I could have them to loan out to my expectant friends. There is a lot of great information here but it's a lot of money for something you probably aren't going to more than a few times.
This was basically an hour of Ricki Lake fangirling about meeting Ina May Gaskin. It could have been so much more! Instead it was boring, uninformative and most importantly INCREDIBLY misleading with some unsubstantiated and unfounded claims about ultrasound and links to autism. Skip it and read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth instead.
I LOVED the FIRST movie in this "series", but this second one was just "nothing" compared to the first. This one did not show any "births" happening and wasn't really interesting at all. The majority of the film seems to be just Ricki lake and her friend talking with Ina May and other midwives. I wish I had NOT spent the money on this.
The one possibly useful piece of information in this film suggests babies born naturally without a cocktail of labor drugs or frequent ultrasounds during pregnancy are not ever born with autism. Little is asked by the interviewers as a follow up to this gigantic statement. Business of Being born was an informative documentary. This follow up is an hour of the creators of it being so star struck to meet Ina May Gaskin that oops, they don't ask her anything. Ina May says there are five things they look for as midwives that will move a home birth into a hospital situation. So of course they ask her what her favorite ice cream is or something and we never find out what those five things are. F
I am a natural childbirth advocate and love reading and watching anything related to that end. So, I loved this movie. It could have been done a little better to make it more exciting for someone who isn't as geeky about birth as I am. Maybe more clips of the Farm midwives in action? Interviews with the doctors or other birth professionals that work with the Farm midwives who really respect and admire their amazing work interspersed in the interview? Maybe more cutting edge questions of Ina May. The Motherhood Quilt Project at the end was very moving and the best part in my opinion. A good companion book to read is Ina May's Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta.