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September 20, 2013

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Ina May Gaskin

The Modern Midwife: Ina May Gaskin

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In 1971, Ina May Gaskin founded "The Farm," a place where women can give birth without machines or drugs.  She tells guest host Phoebe Judge about giving birth to her own children conventionally, an experience so rough it moved her to find another way. When she first began her work as a midwife, she says, she knew little more than that you should be nice to the mother. "That’s what I did," she says. In the decades since, Gaskin’s approach to natural childbirth has appealed to thousands of women.

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