Women’s bodies have near-perfect knowledge of childbirth; it’s when their brains get involved that things can go wrong.- Peggy Vincent Baby Catcher
“Midwives see birth as a miracle and only mess with it if there’s a problem; doctors see birth as a problem and if they don’t mess with it, it’s a miracle!” Barbara Harper, Gentle Birth Choices
“Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.” Augustine
“When you have come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: there will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly.” Patrick Overter
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
Psalm 139:13-17 NIV
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
“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
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.
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
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.
‘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 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.”
‘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.
“We’ve all been waiting for you.
Your arrival has been marked, has been recorded
in the universe,
in the galaxies,
in all of space,
in all of time.
You come with a birthright, written in love and sung
through all Creation in words which promise
that no matter where you’re at,
that no matter who you’re with,
that no matter who you are,
“I often say that our bottom part function best when our top part
-our minds- are either grateful or amused at the antics or activites
of our bottoms. It is amazing how much better they work when we think
of them with humor and affection rather than with terror, revulsion,
or, worst of all, with shame. Lord knows we can’t turn our backs on
our bottoms.” -Ina May Gaskin, Ina May’s guide to childbirth
Your body is not a lemon! -Ina May Gaskin