BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKIN AND THE FARM MIDWIVES captures a spirited group of women who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970s hippie commune, rescued modern midwifery from extinction, and changed the way a generation thought about childbirth. Today, as nearly 1/3 of all US babies are born via C-section, they labor on, fighting to preserve their knowledge and pushing, once again, for the rebirth of birth.
BIRTH STORY premiered in Los Angeles at the 2012 LA Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, and in New York, at the DOC NYC Film Festival. View the trailer here: http://birthstorymovie.com/home/
The film is 95 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A discussion led by California Association of Midwives and Birth Network.
About California Association of Midwives: Under current legislation, California Licensed Midwives are not eligible to be Medi-Cal providers unless they have physician supervision. This is something they have been unable to obtain since we got licensure in 1997. Although they are primary care providers, not having physician supervision often impedes their ability to obtain important lab work, medications, oxygen and ultrasounds for clients. This year CAM is introducing new legislation to remove the physician supervision, which will better serve midwives, physicians and most importantly, the families they care for.
Please support CAM's efforts to make midwifery care accessible to all California families. A tax deductible donation to fund their legislative efforts can be made here: http://californiamidwives.org/donate.
Thank you for your support!
The Rio Theatre (View)
1205 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062