Quotes About Pregnancy/Birth

If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birthing. -Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg


The knowledge of how to give birth without outside interventions lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process. -Suzanne Arms

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

Just as a woman's heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth. -Virginia Di Orio

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

If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished ever moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. -Irma Bombeck

We are made to do this work and it’s not easy...I would say that pain is part of the glory, or the tremendous mystery of life. And that if anything, it's a kind of privilege to stand so close to such an incredible miracle. -Simone

"If you lay down, the baby will never come out." -Native American Saying


"For far too many women pregnancy and birth is something that happens to them rather than something they set out consciously and joyfully to do themselves." -Sheila Kitzinger


"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers...strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength." -Barbara Katz Rothman


"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful; it's that women are strong." -Laura Stavoe Harm


"The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you." -Unknown


We've put birth in the same category with illness and disease and it's never belonged there. Birth is naturally safe, but we've allowed it to be taken over by the medical community. -Carla Hartley, Ancient Art Midwifery Institute 


Obstetricians and hospitals have found that high-intervention birth, warranted or not, is very profitable. So there is a tremendous financial incentive to bypass the clinically optimal approach, and opt for convenience and profit. For example, many hospitals across the country have eliminated facility-based midwifery practices simply because the low-intervention approach, while clinically sound, does not bring in as many dollars.  -Tonya Jamois, president of ICAN


You are constructing your own reality with the choices you make...or don't make. If you really want a healthy pregnancy and joyful birth, and you truly understand that you are the one in control, then you must examine what you have or haven't done so far to create the outcome you want. -Kim Wildner-Mother's Intention: How Belief Shapes Birth

 ...experiences have clearly shown that an approach which "de-medicalizes" birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach. -Michel Odent, MD

The woman’s choice itself may influence her level of anxiety and apprehension, and in obstetrics levels of anxiety have been shown to predict obstetric complications.  -Wiegers study

Having a highly trained obstetrical surgeon attend a normal birth is analogous to having a pediatric surgeon babysit a healthy 2-year-old. -Marsden Wagner, MD


...the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth...She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in the manger... - Luke 2: 6-7


If I don't know my options, I don't have any.  -Diana Korte


There is no way out of the experience except through it, because it is not really your experience at all but the baby's. Your body is the child's instrument of birth. - Penelope Leach

Putting women in the position of coping with conflict when they should be concentrating on having their babies counted as an intervention in itself! -Unknown

Birth is as safe as life gets. - Harriette Hartigan


It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature - Dr. Bradley


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! - Unknown


A healthy woman who delivers spontaneously performs a job that cannot be improved upon. - Aidan MacFarlane author of The Psychology of Childbirth (1977)

Waterbirth is one of many lovely ways to enter the world. - Judy Edmunds, CPM

Reluctant doctors like to believe that they haven't much influence over their patients, but that is clearly not the case. Several studies have found that when doctors genuinely encouraged women to have VBACs, most of them did, and when they said nothing or acted neutral, most women didn't. Finally, when obstetricians discouraged VBAC in women who wanted to try it, none of them did.  - Henci Goer, Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth


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


A study of interactions between women and obstetricians offers an explanation. It described three levels of increasing power imbalance: In the first, you fight and lose; in the second you don't fight because you know you can't win. However, in the highest level of power differential, your preferences are so manipulated that you act against your own interests, but you are content. Elective repeat cesarean exemplifies that highest level. -Henci Goer, Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth


Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star. - Larry Barretto


The woman about to become a mother, or with her newborn infant upon her bosom, should be the object of trembling care and sympathy wherever she bears her tender burden or stretches her aching limbs…. God forbid that any member of the profession to which she trusts her life, doubly precious at that eventful period, should hazard it negligently, unadvisedly or selfishly. - Oliver Wendell Holmes


Natural childbirth has evolved to suit the species, and if mankind chooses to ignore her advice and interfere with her workings we must not complain about the consequences. We have only ourselves to blame. - Margaret Jowitt


Throughout the world, there exists a group of women who feel mightily drawn to giving care to women in childbirth. At the same time maternal and independent, responsive to a mother's needs, yet accepting full responsibility as her attendant; such women are natural midwives. Without the presence and acceptance of the midwife, obstetrics becomes aggressive, technical, and inhuman. - Professor G.J. Kloosterman, Chief of OB/GYN, Univ. of Amsterdam


The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety. - Sarah Buckley  


Where would all the specialists and producers of medical technology and drugs be if it were suddenly 'discovered' that when women eat well in pregnancy, eliminate drugs and stop substance abuse, almost all complications disappear? - Anne Frye


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


Women's bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered. - Sarah Buckley


$13 to $20 billion a year could be saved in health care costs by demedicalizing childbirth, developing midwifery, and encouraging breastfeeding. -Frank Oski, MD


The experience profoundly changed my perspective. In the hospital, I hadn't perceived the anxiety and foreboding that permeated birth until I experienced the impact of its absence among the midwives. The peace, wonder, and intimacy were infinitely greater. What a compelling difference! -Heidi Rinehart, MD


Many Western doctors hold the belief that we can improve everything, even natural childbirth in a healthy woman. This philosophy is the philosophy of people who think it deplorable that they were not consulted at the creation of Eve, because they would have done a better job. -Kloosterman 1994

300,000 women will be giving birth with you today. Relax and breathe and do nothing else. Labor is hard work, it hurts and you can do it. - Unknown

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