The following quotes are thought provoking and inspirational:
Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.
– Jane Fraser (Weideman)
We’ve put birth in the same category with illness and disease and it’s never belonged here. Birth is naturally safe, but we’ve allowed it to be taken over by the medical community.
~ Carla Hartley, founder of Trust Birth and the Ancient Art Midwifery Institute
If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.
~ John H. Kennell, MD
The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it IS YOU.
It seems that many health professionals involved in antenatal care have not realized that one of their roles should be to protect the emotional state of pregnant women.
~ Michel Odent, MD
Attending births is like growing roses. You have to marvel at the ones that just open up and bloom at the first kiss of the sun but you wouldn’t dream of pulling open the petals of the tightly closed buds and forcing them to blossom to your time line.
~ Gloria Lemay
The truth for women living in a modern world is that they must take increasing responsibility for the skills they bring into birth if they want their birth to be natural. Making choices of where and with whom to birth is not the same as bringing knowledge and skills into your birth regardless of where and with whom you birth.
~ Common Knowledge Trust
The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.
~ Heather McCue
Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of our greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.
~ Mother Teresa
Ask me for strength and I will lend not only my hand, but also my heart.
You are a midwife, assisting at someone else’s birth. Do good without show or fuss. Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to be happening. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say: “We did it ourselves!”
~ from The Tao Te Ching
The effort to separate the physical experience of childbirth from the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of this event has served to disempower and violate women.
~ Mary Rucklos Hampton
Women’s strongest feelings [in terms of their birthings], positive and negative, focus on the way they were treated by their caregivers.
~ Annie Kennedy & Penny Simkin
All over the world there exists in every society a small group of women who feel themselves strongly attracted to giving care to other women during pregnancy and childbirth. Failure to make use of this group of highly motivated people is regrettable and a sin against the principle of subsidiary.
~ Dr. Kloosterman, Chief of OB/GYN, Univ. of Amsterdam, Holland
Women today not only possess genetic memory of birth from a thousand generations of women, but they are also assailed from every direction by information and misinformation about birth.
~ Valerie El Halta
The traditional midwife believes that birth proceeds in a spiral fashion: labor starts, stops and starts, while the baby goes down, up and down, and the cervix opens, closes and opens. Nature has no design for failure; she holds her own meaning for success.
~ Sher Willis
If you lay down, the baby will never come out!
~ Native American saying
Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.
~ Robin Lim
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered.
~ Sarah Buckley
No other natural bodily function is painful and childbirth should not be an exception.
~ Grantley Dick-Read
Pregnancy is 40 weeks at term – Your baby will NEVER be easier to take care of than it is right there inside of you. Don’t rush it!
A healthy woman who delivers spontaneously performs a job that cannot be improved upon.
~ Aidan MacFarlane author of The Psychology of Childbirth (1977)
Offer hugs, not drugs
~ Adina Lebowitz
Faith, Acceptance, Surrender
Fear can be overcome only by Faith.
~Dr. Grantly Dick-Read
~Birth is as safe as life gets.
My body knows just what to do. My baby grows just as it should be.
~ Penny Simkin