Monday, September 5, 2011

Favorite Pregnancy/Birth Quotes

I often share quotes on my Mamas and Babies facebook page, and I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites here on the blog.

Some of these are obviously related to pregnancy and birth, and some can fit a wide range of applications but also can be related to pregnancy and birth. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

"Childbirth... is chaos that the body can resolve itself." ~ Jennifer Block

"If a woman doesn't look like a goddess in birth, someone isn't treating her right." ~ Ina May Gaskin

"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

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." ~ Lance Armstrong

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
~ Mark Twain

"The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is." ~ Winston Churchill

"You can’t be said to make a choice when you only have one option." ~ Henci Goer

"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

"If you want a humanized birth, the best thing to do is to get the hell out of the hospital" ~ The Business of Being Born

"A mother does not become pregnant in order to provide employment to medical people. Giving birth is an ecstatic jubilant adventure not available to males. It is a woman's crowning creative experience of a lifetime." ~ Dr. John Stevenson

"Most of us have had moments when we touched the divine presence. We did not think it extraordinary because it wasn't; it was just a beautiful moment filled with love. In those simple moments our hearts were alive, and we saw the poignant beauty of life vividly with wonder and appreciation." ~ David McArthur

"It's major surgery, and yet we now present cesarean section as if we're gonna cut your fingernails" ~ The Business of Being Born

"Having a highly trained obstetrical surgeon attend a normal birth is analogous to having a pediatric surgeon babysit a healthy 2-year-old." ~ Marsden Grigg Wagner

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." ~ Maya Angelou

“Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.” ~ William MacNeile Dixon

"Fear can be overcome only by Faith." ~ Dr. Grantly Dick-Read

"The vertical birth is on its own time and the baby will slide down on its own." ~ The Business of Being Born

"We should constantly be asking ourselves 'Is this an improvement, or are we making things worse'?" ~ The Business of Being Born

"The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy" ~ Martn Luther King, Jr.

"Attending 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 line." ~ Gloria Lemay

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." ~ Harvey Fierstein

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

"One of the deep secrets of lfe is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others." ~ Lewis Carol

"What happens in birth is very important to the future development of that child" ~ The Business of Being Born

"A woman doesn't need to be rescued.  It's not the place for the knight in shining armor.  It's the place for her to face her darkest moment so that she can lay claim to her victory, so that she can lay claim to her victory after she's done it, I think." ~ Cara Mulhann on The Business of Being Born

"Birth is a miracle to me, and it will never cease being so." ~ Sherri Price

"'If I could do that, I could do anything.'  That's the power of birthing, and that's what we're taking away from women!" ~ The Business of Being Born

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