"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."
"there is no other organ quite like the uterus. if men had such an organ they would brag about it."
-Ina May Gaskin
"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
"badass women unite!"
-Amy Brooks Murphy, Women's March 2017, Washington DC
"women's bodies have near-perfect knowledge of childbirth; it's when their brains get involved that things can go wrong."
"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."
"300,000 women will be giving birth with you today."
"the same movements that get the baby in, get the baby out."
-Ina May Gaskin
"you gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face."
"birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have."
"just as a women'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
"if you lay down, the baby will never come out."
native american saying
"life only demands the strength you possess."
"we cannot prepare for the future without embracing the meaning and the relevance of the baby's perspective on life."
-Michel Odent, MD
"the knowledge of how to give birth without outside interventions lies deep within each woman. successful childbirth depends on the acceptance of the process."
"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."
"if you are an expectant mother, you must eat a good, nutritious, balanced diet every day during your pregnancy. a good diet is the best insurance that your baby will be healthy and strong with a normal weight at birth!"
"birth is an experience that demonstrates that life is not merely function and utility, but form and beauty."
"birth is as safe as life gets."
"there is power that comes to women when they give birth. they don't ask for it, it simply invades them. accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it."
“the first intervention in birth that a healthy woman takes is when she walks out the front door of her home in labor. from that first intervention, all others will follow.”
-Michael Rosenthal, OB/GYN