some of my birth favorite quotes

A Quaker friend once posed this question to me: why is breast milk so good? 
Answer: Because it is always warm, it’s always ready, and it’s up high where the cats can’t get it!
(and it is free!)

In pursuing happiness, he suggests, “We should have more trust in our own resilience and less confidence in our predictions about how we’ll feel. We should be a bit more humble and a bit more brave.” ~ Daniel Todd Gilbert, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University

“This may be the hardest part of being a doula: You have found that inner
power and have seen it work a hundred or more times, but you cannot make that
journey happen for another woman, no matter how much you love her.”
~ sss

“My job as a doula is to mother
the mother, to be the best doula I can be; to make her feel that she succeeded
with the tools that she had come with and that she was a success. She should
know she did a smashing job at this birth and that I fully trust she will be an
awesome mother, too.” ~ sss

 “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use
it.”  ~
John H. Kennell 
childbirth has evolved to suit the species, and if mankind chooses to ignore
her advice and interfere with her workings we must not complain about the
consequences. We have only ourselves to blame.”
~ Margaret Jowitt
 “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 always have the power.

Heather McCue
Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass
of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter,
raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.
Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of
colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a
brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that
beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel
discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but
they are always there.” 

~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet,
and peace activist.
 “It’s not just the making of babies,
but the making of mothers
that midwives [and doulas] see as the miracle of birth.”
~ Barbara Katz
 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.”
~ Dr. Kloosterman
 “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.
” ~ Sheila Kitzinger
 However much we know
about birth in general, we know nothing about a particular birth. We must let
it unfold with its own uniqueness.
~ Elizabeth Nobel
 “Women’s strongest feelings [in terms of their birthings], positive and
negative, focus on the way they were treated by their caregivers.”
~ Annie Kennedy & Penny Simkin
 A healthy woman who delivers spontaneously
performs a job that cannot be improved upon.”
~ Aidan MacFarlane, author of The Psychology of Childbirth
 “We are made to do this work and it’s not easy…. I would say that pain is
part of the glory, or the tremendous mystery of life. And that if anything,
it’s a kind of privilege to stand so close to such an incredible miracle.”
~ Simone Taylor
 “The effort to separate the physical experience of childbirth from the
mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of this event has served to disempower
and violate women.”

Mary Rucklos Hampton
is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women
are strong.”
~ Laura Stavoe Harm
 The most precious gift we can offer anyone is our attention. When
mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” ~
Nhat Hanh
 “Sometimes the only thing that
makes a woman’s pregnancy high risk is her choice of a care provider.” ~
 “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
 “Anyone who thinks
women are the weaker sex never witnessed childbirth.

~ Anonymous
 “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the
day you find out why.” ~
 “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before
me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 “You are assisting at someone
else’s birth. Do good without show or fuss. Facilitate what is happening rather
than what you think ought to be happening. If you must take the lead, lead so
that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born,
the mother will rightly say: ‘We did it ourselves!’” ~
Lao Tzu, father of Chinese Taoism, from his classic text
called, Tao
Te Ching
: The Way of All Life, 6th Century B.C.
women in the position of coping with conflict when they should be concentrating
on having their babies counts as an intervention in itself!
” ~ Unknown
 “We are the mothers, after all, the ones
who speak the cultural narrative and teach it through, well, old wives’ tales,
which is to say, the ancient, subversive, and immediate mother tongue, the
language of metaphor and myth.”
~ Ellen McLaughlin
 “The source of love is deep in us and
we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one
thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.
” ~
Nhat Hanh
 Speak tenderly to them. Let there
be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of our
greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give
your heart as well.”
Mother Teresa
 “A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is
he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.”
Gandalf in JRR
Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings.
is no way out of the experience except through it, because it is not really
your experience at all but the baby’s. Your body is the child’s instrument of

~ Penelope Leach
Women today not only possess genetic memory of birth
from a thousand generations of women, but they are also assailed from every
direction by information and misinformation about birth.
~ Valerie El Halta
 “Three hundred
thousand 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.
 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
 Ask me for strength and I will lend not only my
hand, but also my heart.”

~ Unknown
 “Mothers don’t breastfeed, babies breastfeed.
 Babies know how if we let them.” 

~ Dr. Nils Bergman
Giving birth should
be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.”

~ Jane Fraser Weideman
births is like growing roses. You have to marvel at the ones that just open up
and bloom at the first kiss of the sun but you wouldn’t dream of pulling open
the petals of the tightly closed buds and forcing them to blossom to your time
Gloria Lemay
put birth in the same category with illness and disease and it’s never belonged
there. Birth is naturally safe, but we’ve allowed it to be taken over by the
medical community.”

~ Carla
Hartley,  Ancient Art Midwifery Institute
 The traditional midwife believes
that birth proceeds in a spiral fashion: labor starts, stops and starts, while
the baby goes down, up and down, and the cervix opens, closes and opens. Nature
has no design for failure; she holds her own meaning for success.”
~ Sher Willis
 Birthing is
the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.”
~ Robin Lim

There is a quote, by Laura Stavoe Harm that reads, “There is a secret in our culture and it is not that birth is painful, but that women are strong.”

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