Film on famous midwife coming to Orpheum

Ina May Gaskin, a Marshalltown native who went on to become one of the most famous midwives in the world, is featured in a documentary film coming to the Orpheum Theater later this month.

The film is titled “Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & the Farm Midwives” and will be screened at 7 p.m. Sept. 19.

Gaskin is a 1958 Marshalltown High School graduate who has lived in Tennessee since 1970. The film tells the story of Gaskin and her friends who began delivering each other’s babies in the 1970s and taught themselves midwifery.

Gaskin is director of the Farm Midwifery Center in Tennessee. Her 40 years of work as a proponent of natural home births has gained attention throughout the world. She received an award known as the Right Livelihood Award from the Swedish Parliament in 2011.

“Midwives must have an important say in the formation of maternity care policy,” she said. “Care should be individualized and founded upon consideration and respect for every woman.”

After the screening at the Orpheum, Gaskin will be on hand for a question and answer session.

The film debuted at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won an audience award. It was also featured in a film festival in New York City.

The Orpheum is partnering with Central Iowa Family Planning for this special screening. Admission to the film is $7. For more information on tickets call 641-844-5919.