A Little Wisdom

Some positive and empowering thoughts and images about birth! :)  

"You are pregnant and you are powerful.  You are bold and you are beautiful.  Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your connectedness.  Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you."   ~Author Unknown
"Light flared through every limb, a force far too great to be contained in any human frame; but for that moment she was the Great Mother, giving birth to the world."                                                ~ Marion Zimmer Bradley
"If we hope to create
a non-violent world
where respect and kindness
replace fear and hatred…

We must begin with how
we treat each other
at the beginning of life

For that is where
our deepest patterns are set.

From these roots
grow fear and alienation…
- or love and trust."
                        ~Suzanne Arms

"I usually claim that pregnant women should not read books about pregnancy and birth.  Their time is too precious.  They should, rather, watch the moon and sing to their baby in the womb."     ~Michel Odent

"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."  
~Sheryl Feldman

“All natural birth has a purpose and a plan; who would think of tearing open the chrysalis as the butterfly is emerging? Who would break the shell to pull the chick out?” ~ Marie Mongon

“Pregnancy and labor are periods of vulnerability. This vulnerability is not weakness, but softness, which later contributes to adjustment to motherhood. Feeling dependent may open you to your need for help, and the ability to accept help from others can increase your strength and endurance for labor. Each of us must come to terms with our own feminine strength and our need for protection.” –Gayle Peterson (An Easier Childbirth)

"When a woman births without drugs…she learns that she is strong and powerful…She learns to trust herself, even in the face of powerful authority figures. Once she realizes her own strength and power, she will have a different attitude for the rest of her life, about pain, illness, disease, fatigue, and difficult situations." –Polly Perez

"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

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

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

"Only with trust, faith, and support can the woman allow the birth experience to enlighten and empower her."  ~ Claudia Lowe

"There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we."     
 ~Ina May Gaskin

“How you approach birth is intimately connected with how you approach life” - William Sears, The Pregnancy Book


"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

“Nature is kind, and always gives breaks.” 
~ Dr. Robert Bradley, Husband-Coached Childbirth 


"The wisdom and compassion a woman can intuitively experience in childbirth can make her a source of healing and understanding for other women."  
 ~ Stephen Gaskin
"It is true that naturally occurring labor can feel larger and greater than the woman birthing.  This is not so as she creates from within the very hormones that increase the strength, power, and frequency of her work of labor. That is the good news, it is from her, for her, by her."  ~ Desirre Andrews  

“The greatest joy is to become a mother; the second greatest is to be a midwife.” –Norwegian Proverb

  “Labor is also teamwork. It is a mother and baby learning together how to push and how to be born, how to yield and separate from the union of pregnancy. You are not in control nor are you out of control during labor. The best way to approach labor is with an attitude of learning rather than controlling.” ~Gayle Peterson (An Easier Childbirth)


"If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it."        ~ John H. Kennell, MD

"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 DiOrio

"The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it IS YOU."
~ Unknown
"Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have."  ~Robin Lim

"In the moments of labor and birth, all the forces of the universe are flowing through a woman's body."                     ~Sandra K. MorningStar

"Never underestimate the power and determination of a pregnant woman who is told she cannot." ~ Desirre Andrews

"The experience of birth is vast.  It is a diverse tapestry woven by cultural customs, shaped in personal choices, affected by biological factors, marked by political circumstances.  Yet the nature of birth itself prevails in elegant design of simple complexity."  ~Harriette Hartigan

 "According to physiological law, all natural, normal functions of the body are achieved without peril or pain. Birth is a natural, normal physiological function for normal, healthy women and their babies. It can, therefore, be inferred that healthy women, carrying healthy babies, can safely  birth without peril or pain." ~ Dr. Jonathan Dye, 1891
"Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom."  ~Harriette Hartigan

“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 
"It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labor, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement.... The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love."     ~Grantly Dick-Read, 1953

"A newborn baby has only three demands.  They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence.  Breastfeeding satisfies all three."  ~Grantly Dick-Read

 "If a multinational company developed a product that was a nutritionally balanced and delicious food, a wonder drug that both prevented and treated disease, cost almost nothing to produce and could be delivered in quantities controlled by the consumers' needs, the very announcement of their find would send their shares rocketing to the top of the stock market.  The scientists who developed the product would win prizes and the wealth and influence of everyone involved would increase dramatically.  Women have been producing such a miraculous substance, breastmilk, since the beginning of human existence."  ~Gabrielle Palmer

"Breast milk is better than any udder milk!" ~Author Unknown


While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby.  ~Amy Spangler


"It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment."  ~Honore de Balzac 


"Breastfeeding is a gift that lasts a lifetime."  ~Author Unknown

"It is neither a lofty degree of intelligence, nor imagination, nor both together that go into the making of genius. Love, love, love. That is the soul of genius."           ~Mozart

"It is the mother's eyes we see it through; it is her joy that evokes our sympathies. We assume her child feels nothing -- that he is an innocent bystander at the celebration. This is simply not true. For his mother, for his father, his birth may represent an unperishable memory, the fulfillment of a life-long dream, but for the child himself, it is something much more momentous -- an event that imprints itself on his personality. How he is born -- whether it is painful or easy, smooth or violent -- largely determines who he becomes and how he will view the world around him."   ~ Thomas Verny, M.D.- The Secret Life of the Unborn Child

Making the World a Better Place
~Wisdom and Birth

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