Mother’s Day episode of CBS Sunday Morning with Ina May Gaskin and directors Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore. 

“I think that “Birth Story” will help women outside of our community feel more confidence that their bodies are perfectly designed for giving birth and better understand how to prepare for this female rite of passage”

Ina May Gaskin for The Huffington Post 
GOOP Mother’s Day issue features an interview with Mary Wigmore, co-director of Birth Story.

“Every pregnant woman should see this film”

Fit Pregnancy

“Warm, spirited and occasionally slathered in goo, “Birth Story” is a celebratory tribute to the endangered art of midwifery and its most influential practitioner, Ina May Gaskin. A disarming example of documentary filmmaking that stakes out an opinion with plain-spoken, commonsensical wisdom, this insightful effort from helmers Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore doubles as a defense of natural childbirth and an affectionate look back at the movement’s ’70s countercultural roots.”

 — Justin Chang, Variety
Ina May with directors Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore on KPCC’s Patt Morrison show.

“There was nothing they could do but wait. Filmmakers Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore had arrived in Nashville, Tennessee to witness a mother giving birth at home for their documentary Birth Story…’We waited for eight days,’ says Wigmore with a weary laugh… ‘Every single time the phone rang, we would jump.'”  

 — article by Christine Lennon, Martha Stewart’s Whole Living.

“A pioneering midwife makes her convincing case for a shift away from contemporary attitudes toward childbirth in the documentary directed by Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore.”

 — Hollywood Reporter

“For 40 years, the amazing Ina May Gaskin has been trying to wrest childbirth from the medical establishment and give it back to women.  A fascinating history lesson and a raucous celebration of life…you’ll shed tears of joy at the sight of babies being brought into this world with a sense of wonder, awe and love.”

— Matt Holzman, Matt’s Movies, KCRW

“The most famous midwife in the world is here—she’s Ina May Gaskin…most well known for her 1975 book Spiritual Midwifery…if you are a mom in our area it’s fairly likely you were given that book by a friend when you got pregnant…give us a call…”

Ina May Gaskin and Co-director Mary Wigmore on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show — Listen Here.

“Courtly and bespectacled, with scraggly long gray hair, Ina May Gaskin doesn’t look like a rebel; she looks like an aging-hippie Betsy Ross. But 40 years ago, on a commune in Tennessee, she spearheaded the counterculture of modern midwives, who’ve become an increasing presence as U.S. cesarean rates have skyrocketed.”

Entertainment Weekly

“…a granola ode to natural childbirth that makes you want to hop into a tub of warm water and start pushing.”

— New York Times 

“When Leslie Reynolds of Berkeley joined the Farm in Tennessee during the 1970s, she was infatuated with the idea of living with people inspired by the hippie counterculture of San Francisco. She had no idea that she would join a movement that would help initiate the rebirth of midwifery in the country.”

—-San Francisco Gate

“A mutual friend gave us copies of Spiritual Midwifery when we were each pregnant with our first children. We both read it and thought, Wow this would make a great film! The stories in it made us feel less afraid [of giving birth]; it made childbirth seem like a great adventure and just part of life. We still find it incredible that this book has been passed from woman to woman over and over again for nearly 40 years. It uses language from another time but its message is still fresh today.”

 — An interview with co-directors Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore at

“This is some of the best birth footage out there–a must-see for anyone even remotely interested in the subject…. [Birth Story is] just a good, long peer into the life of a hugely important American midwife and a glimpse at another way of thinking about womens’ bodies and what they can do if given the chance.”

 — Ceridwen Morris, CCE, childbirth educator and co-author of From The Hips at

“Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore’s lovely documentary tells the history of how a bunch of hippies in rural Tennessee helped take the fear and clinical coldness out of giving birth…”

– Stan Hall, The Oregonian

“A Must See Film for Birth Junkies…hot damn did it make me feel good to hear and see all of that up on a big screen…”


“They call her the most famous midwife in America. Now, Ina May Gaskin of Tennessee is a rock star, thanks to a new film promoting natural childbirth.”

 — Cheryl Willis, NY1

“There are so many birthing scenes that they lose the ooh-a-naked-lady effect, a great public service in itself. (Idea: Everyone should look at a naked lady doing something powerful and nonsexual five times a day. Then let’s see how many women get into Congress.)”

– Jen Graves, The Stranger

“Like the classic Nova documentary The Miracle of Life, but with fewer in-utero shots and more patchouli…”

– Rebecca Johnson, Willamette Week

“It’s inspiring stuff, regardless of your own birth plan.”

– Alison Hallett, Portland Mercury 

“A graphic tale of badass midwifery…”

Bitch Magazine

“Wholesome and lighthearted, this film honors the wise women who watchfully attend the reverent process of birth and speak out in its defense.”

Our Daily Legacy

“Though it deals with the contentious topic of natural childbirth, the film is neither a rallying cry nor a shocking exposé. Instead, like a midwife, it makes its statement with a light touch.”


“Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore’s documentary warmly recounts how a busload of hippie moms reframed the culture of American childbirth.”

San Francisco Weekly
Interview clip of Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore speaking with Film Courage