Ina May Gaskin: "Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta"

Ina May Gaskin: "Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta"

Midwife activist Ina May Gaskin argues that the key to safe childbirth is respect for the natural process. Reconciling modern life with a practice as old as humankind.

Fetal monitors, forceps and medication have become commonplace in American delivery rooms. Now a third of American babies arrive by C-section. A new book examines the industry of delivering babies. The author - veteran midwife Ina May Gaskin - says a climate of fear has led some women to give up control of the birth process to the medical establishment. She advocates greater respect for women's bodies, wider acceptance of natural deliveries - and new efforts to reconcile modern life with a process as old as humanity itself. Ina May Gaskin talks about her "midwife's manifesta."

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Ina May Gaskin

founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee; author of "Spiritual Midwifery" and "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth."

Excerpt: "Birth Matters" by Ina May Gaskin

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