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Spirit In Action
Each week, Spirit In Action brings you stories of people living lives of fruitful service, of peace, community, compassion, creative action and progressive efforts. We'll trace the spiritual roots that support and nourish them in their service. Above all, we'll seek out Light, Love and Helping Hands, being shared between our many neighbors on this planet, hoping to inspire and encourage you to sink deep roots and produce sacred fruit in your own life.

Spirit In Action is an hour of interviews with those providing leadership in peace, justice and "good works", interspersed with relevant music.

The theme music is "The Turning of the World" performed by Sara Thomsen (written by Ruth Pellham) and "I Have No Hands But Yours" by Carol Johnson

The Birth & Midwifery Episode with Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery (7/30/2006)

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Ina May Gaskin has been an internationally recognized leader in advocating for Spiritual Midwifery, which is the title of her first book, initially published in 1976, now in its 4th edition.  
Ina May is an author, activist and advocate whose spiritual insights and empowerment have been part of the incredible exploration which is The Farm, the spiritual-based intentional community in Tennessee, founded in the early 1970's. Her newest book Guide To Childbirth, published in 2003, continues Ina May's quest to educate and raise awareness, empowering women to choose the birthing that will give them the deepest health, connection and well-being. With a midwife's care, both parent and child will experience more satisfying connections that will last far after the photo birth announcements are sent out to friends and family.

Music featured on this program includes:
Cat's In The Cradle - Harry Chapin
Samba De Janeiro - Bellini
Wonderful Baby - Don McLean
Five Moms & Three Dads - Tom Hunter


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Why Ina May Gaskin got into midwifery
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Even doctors prefer midwives
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Why do American women use doctors and not midwives?
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The Spiritual part of Spiritual Midwifery
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Birthing Statistics


Melissa Price
Spirit In Action -The Birth & Midwifery Episode with Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery
I listened to this program three times. I'm an RN in labor and delivery and loved listening to this interview. It was very inspiring and uplifting.
Marianne Clinton-McCausland
Spirit In Action -The Birth & Midwifery Episode with Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery
Mark, I thoroughly enjoyed your interview with Ina May Gaskin -- someone I've long admired snd whose voice, manner and message were that of a centered, knowledgeable woman focused on her work with women and childbirth. Keep it up!
Frank Paynter, Madison, Wisconsin
Spirit In Action -The Birth & Midwifery Episode with Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery
Reading that last comment of mine over, I didn't say enough about the interview with Ina Mae. She and Steve Gaskin provided a model for living from 1966 forward to today, starting with Steven's Monday Night Class in San Francisco and continuing through all of her good work with home birthing in her community as well as the lights she lit across the world with her book on the subject. Your interview was wonderful in drawing that out.
Craig A. Schmidt
Spirit In Action -The Birth & Midwifery Episode with Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery
With my feet planted firmly on the ground and my head stuffed deeply into hard/bad news websites, it is easy, perhaps even comfortable, to apprehend the dark side of everyday events. Call it cynicism in the service of truth searching, beyond which there lies only propaganda or travelogue. So it was with great pleasure that I listened to the Ida May Gaskin (“Spiritual Midwifery”) segment of “Spirit in Action.” Years ago, when I was a practicing journalist, I wrote several magazine articles focusing on home childbirth. The birthing couples I interviewed came from different backgrounds and arrived at their birthing choices from different perspectives. Some used midwives; some were midwives attended by colleagues. Others contracted with general practitioners to attend the birth at home. I recounted their stories, most of them the result of passionate beliefs, quite dispassionately. At the time, I was aware of Gaskin’s work. I dismissed Gaskin and the spirituality of the Farm community -- in fact, anything remotely spiritual -- as quaint. Vaguely reminiscent of the Sixties. Circumstances since then have propelled me closer to the spiritual side of life. Your program allowed me to revisit a time in my past and reflect on motivations I could record but not really fathom. I wanted to share this with you and your listeners, and offer my thanks for giving voice to the divine.
Caley Powell
Spirit In Action -The Birth & Midwifery Episode with Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery
Hi Mark I love the Northern Spirit Radio program. It kept me company while I cleaned around my desk today. It is so great to be able to listen at my convenience. Great interviews. I am particularly happy to go to the website about Ina May and THE FARM. They have a book out on THE GREAT CHANGE about the post petroleum wonderful world. u/cebrowski/woolsey.html, get that. I also have been showing Robt Newman here: or just an audio except for the Nano while biking to work or if you lack broadband. note too the emergent Kortin/Macy meme. e.g.:, check it out Albert, 18 Jun 06 Fact: our petroleum civilization is about to enter into its natural decline phase and, if the transition to a solar income economy and much warmer climate is not well managed, the global food and water supply that supports our unprecidented human population could rapidly collapse. Most people arrive at this understanding with a sudden realization. Hurricane, sea level rise, prolonged drought, scorching heat, or the high cost of water, power, and gas may provide the wake-up call. And the reaction is entirely predictable — this is a new reality, completely contrary to our life plan and preparation. The normal response is denial, then debate, then acceptance, with a mix of panic and dread. Relax. Breathe deeply. It doesn't need to be that bad. The great change will be wonderful. SEEMS LIKE YOU MIGHT WANT TO DO A SHOW ON IT! BLESSINGS CALEY