"As mothers we must learn to be flexible, for the rigid tree breaks in the windstorms of life. In birth we are utterly taken apart. In this way God guarantees that we emerge anew. This is how Mother Nature builds a new mother, by first burning down our pre-existing lives. The survival of this precious being you hold close today depends upon your undoing."~Robin Lim via Harmony Miller
"It is the height of human arrogance to dictate birth- time, mode, speed- to a baby. They have their own needs and innate demands (as in length of birth process); there is no "one size fits all" in birth. It is crucial that this is respected- especially by mothers! We must learn to respect our babies at birth- the most important, crucial event of their lives. The events surrounding birth last a lifetime… as d…oes the respect and dignity a mother learns to give her child."~Leilah McCracken
"You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts."~Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
"When women understand what’s available to us at birth, then we won’t ever give that over to an ‘expert’ the birth power, the orgasmic power that’s in our bodies" ~Christiane Northrup
"Breastfeeding is an unsentimental metaphor for how love works, in a way. You don’t decide how much and how deeply to love – you respond to the beloved, and give with joy exactly as much as they want."~Marni Jackson
"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength." ~August Wilson
"Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware … To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory. She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon."~GRANTLY DICK-READ, Childbirth Without Fear
"There is a secret in our culture and its not that birth is painful, its that women are STRONG."~Laura Stavoe Harm
"The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you."~Unknown
“Women are strong, strong, terribly strong. We don’t know how strong until we’re pushing out our babies.” ~Louise Erdrich, The Blue Jay’s Dance
"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
"Pain is a WONDERFUL form of communication. Imagine if we could numb the pain in our emotional lives… what would happen?? Toxic relationships would prevail, our children would be left to solve their problems completely on their own and we would never be pushed to make something more of ourselves. I am SO glad that I realize when I am in pain, of any kind, and still have the sensation and wherewithal to DO something about it."
"As parents we cannot wait for our circumstances to be ideal to give our children the best of us. We must bend space and time and defy any justifiable reason for them to have anything less."