Ina May Gaskin
Ina May Gaskin is a widely respected midwife, teacher and writer. In 1971 she founded "The Farm Midwifery Center" in Tennessee, one of the first out-of-hospital birth centers in the United States of America.
Since the early 1980s, she has been an internationally-known speaker on maternity care independently and for the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), lecturing throughout the world to midwives, physicians, doulas, expectant parents and health policy-makers. She has spoken at medical and midwifery schools in several countries.
Ina May is the author of "Spiritual Midwifery", "Ina May`s Guide to Childbirth", "Ina May`s Guide to Breastfeeding" and "Birth Matters". Her books have been published in several languages. For 13 years she also published the magazine "Birth Gazette".
She has appeared in such prominent films as Orgasmic Birth (2009) (directed by Debra Pascali-Bonaro) and The Business of Being Born (2008) (directed by Abby Epstein and produced by Ricki Lake). She also appears in With Women: A Documentary About Women, Midwives and Birth (2006).
- President of Midwives' Alliance of North America from 1996 to 2002
ASPO/Lamaze Irwin Chabon Award 1997
Tennessee Perinatal Association Recognition Award 1997
Chosen as Visiting Fellow of Morse College, Yale University 2003
Honorary doctorate from Thames Valley University, London, awarded by the Health and Human Sciences Faculty, 2009