Ina May Gaskin
Called “the mother of modern midwifery,” Ina May Gaskin has gained an international reputation in obstetrics. She lectures worldwide at midwifery conferences, at medical schools and hospitals, both to students and to faculty. In 1997, she received the ASPO/Lamaze Irwin Chabon Award and the Tennessee Perinatal Association Recognition Award.
Ina May was featured in Salon magazine’s “Brilliant Careers” in 1999. In 2003 she was chosen as Visiting Fellow of Morse College, Yale University. In 2009, she was awarded an honorary "doctor" by the Thames Valley University, London, England in recognition of her work in demonstrating through midwifery and natural childbirth that women’s bodies still work as they were designed.
Ina May's new book Birth Matters (Seven Stories Press; April 2011) is a spirited manifesta showing us how to trust women, value birth, nurture families, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.