Ina May Gaskin, Ph.D. (Hon), CPM
Ina May Gaskin
Ph.D. (Hon), CPM, is founder and director of The Farm Midwifery Center, founded in 1971
near Summertown, Tennessee.
The Farm Midwifery Center
is one of the first out-of-hospital birth centers in the
United States and known for their low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality despite the inclusion of
many vaginally delivered breeches, twin and grand multiparas. She has lectured all over the world at midwifery
conferences and at medical schools, both to students and to faculty. She is the founder of the
Safe Motherhood Quilt Project
a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates, and to
honor women who have died of pregnancy-related causes during the past twenty years. Ina May served as
Midwives' Alliance of North America
from 1996 to 2002. She received the ASPO/Lamaze Irwin
Chabon Award (1997), and the Tennessee Perinatal Association Recognition Award. In 2003, she was made a
Visiting Fellow of Morse College, Yale University. Ina May was awarded the title "Honorary Doctor" in
recognition of her work demonstrating the effectiveness and safety of midwifery by the Thames Valley University, London, England in 2009.
Her literary works include Babies, Breastfeeding & Bonding (1987), Spiritual Midwifery (2002), Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (2003), Ina
May’s Guide to Breastfeeding (2009), and the soon to be released Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta (2010). Ina May has appeared in
prominent films such as With Women: A Documentary About Women, Midwives and Birth (2006), The Business of Being Born (2008), and
Orgasmic Birth (2009).