“For far too many, pregnancy and birth is still something that happens to them rather than something they set out consciously and joyfully to do themselves”

~ Sheila Kitzinger, The Experience of Childbirth

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“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

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“Birth takes a woman’s deepest fears about herself and show her that she is stronger than they knew”

~ Anonymous

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“Pregnancy is getting company inside one’s skin”

~ Maggie Scarf

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“Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star”

~ Larry Barretto

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“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful.  It’s that women are strong”

~ Laura Stavoe Harm

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“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

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“Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be.”
~ Carrie Fisher
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“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
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“Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped”
~  Sam Levenson
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“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”
~ Anonymous
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“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear”
~ Jane Weideman
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“Before you were born I carried you under my heart. From the moment you arrived in this world until the moment I leave it, I will always carry you in my heart.”
~ Mandy Harrison
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“In achieving the depersonalization of childbirth and at the same time solving the problem of pain, our society may have lost more than it has gained.  We are left with the physical husk; the transcending significance has been drained away. In doing so, we have reached the goal which perhaps is implicit in all highly developed technological cultures, mechanized control of the human body and the complete obliteration of all disturbing sensation”
~ Sheila Kitzinger, Women as Mothers
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“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
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“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
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“Pregnancy and birth knit womankind together. Help weave a gorgeous thread to add to the fabric. Be supportive.  Be kind. Be wise. Be open”
~ Desirre Andrews
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“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
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“Birth goes best if it is not intruded upon by strange people and strange events. It goes best when a woman feels safe enough and free enough to abandon herself to the process”

~ Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman, A Midwife’s Story
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“To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings”
~ The Quickening Heart: A Journal for Expectant Mothers
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