The feature-length documentary BIRTH STORY: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives tells the story of counterculture heroine Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other’s babies in 1970, on a caravan of hippie school buses, headed to a patch of rural Tennessee land. With Ina May as their leader, the women taught themselves midwifery from the ground up, and, with their families, founded an entirely communal, agricultural society called The Farm. They grew their own food, built their own houses, published their own books, and, as word of their social experiment spread, created a model of care for women and babies that changed a generation’s approach to childbirth. Forty years ago Ina May led the charge away from isolated hospital birthing rooms, where husbands were not allowed and mandatory forceps deliveries were the norm. Today, as nearly one third of all US babies are born via C-section, she fights to preserve her community’s hard-won knowledge. With incredible access to the midwives’ archival video collection, the film not only captures the unique sisterhood at The Farm Clinic–from its heyday into the present–but shows childbirth the way most people have never seen it–unadorned, unabashed, and awe-inspiring.
Sara Lamm is a Los Angeles-based writer, director, and performer whose documentary film, DR. BRONNER’S MAGIC SOAPBOX was released theatrically in 2007 and had its television premiere on The Sundance Channel. Her work has also appeared at MASS-MOCA, The American Visionary Art Museum, on National Public Radio, and in performance venues throughout New York City. In 2010, she was one of 25 emerging artists recognized by AOL’s 25 for 25 grant. For five years she produced and performed in Dog & Pony, a live NYC variety show featuring sketch comedy and multi-media performance.
Mary Wigmore wrote and directed the short film DEALBREAKER that premiered at the 2006 Sundance film festival. She also directed the documentary ASHTANGA NY which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival in 2003 sold to the Discovery Channel and Lime TV and is distributed by First Run Films. Mary directed Coldplay’s video, THE HARDEST PART, and has made short films for Google, MSN, Goop, Ogilvy and Mather, New Visions Foundation, and Amnesty International. Prior to graduating from the Columbia University Graduate Film Program in 2005, she worked in the art department on THE ICE STORM, and DEAD MAN WALKING, and did design research for Francis Ford Coppola’s MEGALOPOLIS.