Quotes for Inspiration

A collection of quotes about women and childbirth

"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." - A. A. Milne

"In a branch of medicine rife with paradoxes, contradictions, inconsistencies, and illogic, episiotomy crowns them all. The major argument for episiotomy is that it protects the perineum from injury, a protection accomplished by slicing through perineal skin, connective, tissue, and muscle." - Henci Goer

"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

"Whether we are male or female, it is in our timeless, quiet feminine depths that all the work of healing and transformation occurs. From these same depths come seeds of new beginnings. This new life needs the security and protection of our masculine to grow - but always in the service of the feminine." - Suzanne Arms

"to speak of birth...to touch people's hearts and souls and to awaken that part of humankind that has forgotten that it matters enormously how a baby comes into the world... that is our task." - Vicki Chan and Nic Edmondstone from "In Union" ©2001

"Ef women want any rights more'n dey got, why don't day jes' TAKE 'EM and not be talkin' about it?" - Sojourner Truth

"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." - G. Kloosterman, 1994

"If you don't know your options, you don't have any." - Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer, A Good Birth, A Safe Birth

"When a hammer is your tool, everything looks like a nail." - Unknown

"Spontaneous labour in a normal woman is an event marked by a number of processes so complicated and so perfectly attuned to each other that any interference will only detract from the optimal character. The only thing required from the bystanders is that they show respect for this awe-inspiring process by complying with the first rule of medicine--nil nocere [do no harm]." - G. Kloosterman

"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart." - Unknown

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

"Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted." - Albert Einstein

"Midwifery is ecologically attuned, involving the wise utilization of resources and respect for the balance of nature." - Elizabeth Davis

"If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right-side up again. And now that they are asking to do it the men better let them." - Sojourner Truth

"The midwife considers the miracle of childbirth as normal, and leaves it alone unless there's trouble. The obstetrician normally sees childbirth as trouble: if he leaves it alone, it's a miracle." - Sheila Stubbs

"Birth is not an emergency. It is simply an emergence." - Jeanine Parvati Baker

"Birth is as safe as life gets." - Harriette Hartigan

"The woman about to become a mother, or with her new born 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 professtion to which she trusts her life, doubly precious at that eventful period, should hazard it negligently, unadvisedly or selfishly." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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