Book Review: Better Birth Days

BIRTH MATTERS: A Midwife’s Manifesta by Ina May Gaskin (Seven Stories)


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Ina May Gaskin is the godmother of modern midwifery, having honed her natural-birth techniques at the pioneering Tennessee intentional community The Farm. Birth Matters assembles her lifetime of accumulated wisdom into a book that is equal parts birth stories, critique of the medical status quo, and passionate plea for improving the birth experience—for mothers, babies, and their families. “Good beginnings make a positive difference in the world,” writes Gaskin, and I think everyone who’s been born would agree.

Cover-165-thumbnailThis article first appeared in the May-June 2011 issue of Utne Reader.