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 in Klasson 2001
Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile…initially scared me to death.
I think one of the best things we could do would be to help women/parents/families discover their own birth power, from within themselves. And to let them know it's always been there, they just needed to tap into it.
-John H. Kennell, MD
We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong.
-Laura Stavoe Harm
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.
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
Mothers need to know that their care and their choices won't be compromised by birth politics.
The wisdom and compassion a woman can intuitively experience in childbirth can make her a source of healing and understanding for other women.
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.
There 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 birth.
I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude.
-Judith M. Knowlton
If I don't know my options, I don't have any.