Ina May Gaskin - Spiritual Midwifery

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Homebirth Happens on the Farm

Jun 21, 2001
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Pros:Great book on birth and midwifery.

Cons:As others have stated, it is "hippy-ish". Some might find the language used offensive.

The Bottom Line: I highly recommend this book. It does great service to women who believe that their bodies are trustworthy enough to birth naturally.


Spiritual Midwifery, written by Ina May Gaskin is about the experiences of Farm women giving birth in their homes, vans, on the road, and about anywhere else you can think of. The Farm, located in Tennesee was started by the Gaskins and other friends, who live the "hippy" lifestyle.

This book details how many women on the Farm established themselves as midwifes. It relates the intimate details of womens births, including some often heartbreaking stories of losing a child. My favorite story in the book was about Ira, an anecephalic little boy. After his birth, the doctors refused to care for him, so his parents took him home to feed and look after him until he died.

The second part of the book is written as an instruction to pregnant mothers and their partners. Though I did not agree with everything written, it was very informative. It gives information on proper nutrition, exercise, getting ready for the birth, giving birth, and breastfeeding and caring for a newborn baby.

The last part of the book is written to midwives. It gives more details about the birth process, the make-up of the females reproductive organs, information on what to do during a problamatic birth, and how to care for the laboring woman.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about the birthing process and the womans ability to give birth naturally in the home setting. It is also a great book for women looking for birthing stories.


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