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86 of the Best Birth Quotes of All Time!

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I’ve always been a huge fan of quotes. They inspire and uplift and can be easy little quips to remember either for myself or to relay on to others. Here is a glimpse into my collection of awesome quotes — have a look and leave a comment with YOUR favorite one(s)!options in labor

“If I don’t know my options, I don’t have any.” ~Diana Korte

 

“The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you.” ~Unknown

 

‎”No amount of prenatal blood sampling, uterine testing, ultrasounds, amniocentesis, or other physical evaluations can substitute for good maternal nutrition.” ~Dr. David Stewart

 

“It does a man good to see his lady being brave while she has their baby… it inspires him.” ~Ina May Gaskin

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“Life only demands from you the strength you possess.” ~David Hammarskjold

 

“If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.” ~Erma Bombeck

 

“Imagine what might happen if women emerged from their labor beds with a renewed sense of the strength and power of their bodies, and of their capacity for ecstasy through giving birth” ~Dr. Christiane Northrup

 

“Birth is an experience that demonstrates that life is not merely function and utility, but form and beauty.” ~Christopher Largen

 

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

 

“Birth is not a party, like a wedding, where you have to worry about offending those who were not invited … You should only invite people you trust, who approve of your birth plan, and who you don’t mind seeing you naked.” ~Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein

 

“Birth is the pinnacle where women discover the courage to become mothers.” ~Anita Diamant

 

“If a woman doesn’t look like a Goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right.” ~Ina May Gaskin GoddessinLabor

 

‎”The same movements that get the baby in, get the baby out.” ~Pam England, author of Birthing From Within

 

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” ~Maya Angelou

 

“Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered.” ~Sarah Buckley

 

“A healthy woman who delivers spontaneously performs a job that cannot be improved upon.” ~Aidan MacFarlane author of The Psychology of Childbirth (1977)

 

‎”Don’t wish it was easier; wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.” ~Jim Rohn

 

“Birth is as safe as life gets.” ~Harriette Hartigan

 

“For God hath not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ~2 Timothy 1:7

 

“For birth companions to simply be, to do nothing when nothing is all there is to be done, to offer support without judgement, guidance without attachment, love without conditions – that is perhaps the greatest challenge and the greatest gift.” ~Vicki Chan, Midwife

 

“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

 

“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

 

“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile…initially scared me to death.” ~Betty Bender

 

“Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.” ~Robin Lim tree of life

 

“What’s done to children, they will do to society.” ~Karl Menninger

 

“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.” ~Karl Menninger

 

“If it hurts, get off it, move it around, rub it better.” ~Barbara Kott (president of the National Childbirth Trust)

 

“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

 

“If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birthing.” ~Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg

 

“Where would all the specialists and producers of medical technology and drugs be if it were suddenly ‘discovered’ that when women eat well in pregnancy, eliminate drugs and stop substance abuse, almost all complications disappear?” ~Anne Frye

 

“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 normal. 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

 

“Natural 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

 

‎”Never get discouraged, whatever difficulties might surround you. If you were sunk in the lowest pit of Nova Scotia, and all the Rocky Mountains piled on top of you, you ought not to be discouraged, but hang on, exercise faith and keep up good courage and you should come out on top of the heap.” ~George A. Smith

 

“If one went to the extreme of giving the patient the full details of mortality and morbidity related to cesarean section, most of them would get up and go out and have their baby under a tree.” ~Dr. Dermot W. McDonald, Neel J. Medicolegal pressure, MDs’ lack of patience cited in cesarean‘epidemic.’ Ob.Gyn. News Vol 22 No 10

 

“What would your life be like if your body were your friend and ally?” ~Christiane Northrup, MD

 

‎”When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” ~Patañjali

 

“Sometimes we think we can’t, but we can and we do.” ~Unknown

 

“Offer hugs, not drugs.” ~Adina Lebowitz

 

“The only significant effect of continuous electronic fetal monitoring was an increase in the cesarean rate.” ~Michel Odent

 

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” ~Aristotle

 

“Only with trust, faith, and support can the woman allow the birth experience to enlighten and empower her.” ~Claudia Lowe

 

“Birth is not an emergency. It is simply an emergence.” ~Jeannine Parvati Baker

 

“Rain, after all is only rain; it is not bad weather. So also, pain is only pain; unless we resist it, then it becomes torment.” ~I Ching

 

“The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both xperiences: privacy and safety.” ~Dr. Sarah Buckley

 

“Pitocin is the most abused drug in the world today.” ~Roberto Caldreyo-Barcia, MD, former president of the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

 

“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.” ~Penelope Leach doula2

 

“We are made to do this work and its 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

 

“It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a Hospital that it should do the sick no harm.” ~Florence Nightingale

 

“It is the height of human arrogance to dictate birth- time, mode, speed- to a baby. They have their own needs and innate demands (as in length of birth process); there is no “one size fits all” in birth. It is crucial that this is respected- especially by mothers! We must learn to respect our babies at birth- the most important, crucial event of their lives. The events surrounding birth last a lifetime… as does the respect and dignity a mother learns to give her child.”~Leilah McCracken

 

“We have a secret in our culture. It’s not that birth is painful – it’s that women are strong.” ~Laura Stavoe Harm

 

“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

 

“It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a Hospital that it should do the sick no harm.” ~Florence Nighting

 

“Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it” -Flannery O’Connorale

 

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” ~Anonymous

 

“We must give women the opportunity to challenge their fears, work with them, and birth through them. Not only will this change each woman, it will change the political and medical climate in which they make these choices.” ~Connee L. Pike-Urlacher

 

“We’ve put birth in the same category as illness and disease and it’s never belonged there.” ~Carla Hartley, founder of Trust Birth and the Ancient Art Midwifery Institute

 

“Those who say it can’t be done, should not get in the way of those who are doing it.” ~Unknown

 

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa

 

“Women…are storytellers. They are nurturers… filled with creative forces when they are fertile, pregnant or birthing. Millions of years of biology are on their side to ‘bring forth.’ Nothing can stop the power behind that force, not even the woman herself… She is the living essence of the future. She is a holy woman and there is intelligence at work in her. It is sacred energy.” ~Sister MorningStar

 

“The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process.” ~Suzanne Arms

 

“The more births I attend, the more I realize how much we disturb the birthing woman.” ~Gloria Lemay, Birth Attendant

 

“You are a birth servant. Do good without show or fuss. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, they will rightly say: ‘We did it ourselves!’ ~from the Tao Te Ching

 

“You are constructing your own reality with the choices you make … or don’t make. If you really want a healthy pregnancy and joyful birth, and you truly understand that you are the one in control, then you must examine what you have or haven’t done so far to create the outcome you want.” ~Kim Wildner – Mother’s Intention: How Belief Shapes Birth

 

“Birth should not be a celebration of separation, but rather a reuniting of mother and baby, who joins her for an external connection.” ~Barbara Latterner

 

“Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered.” ~Sarah Buckley

 

“The impossible is often the untried.” ~Jim Goodwin

 

“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

 

“Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.” ~Ina May Gaskin

 

“[Imagine] if you sent your kids to the local swimming pool on ten different days in the summer. If your child was given complete CPR, oxygen, and a drug injection on nine out of the ten days he went there because the Lifeguard “thought” he was drowning, and he wasn’t, you’d get pretty upset. The fact that normal, healthy young women walk into the hospital to have a baby, and 90% of them came out looking like they’ve had major trauma, is ridiculous.” ~Gloria Lemay

 

“All natural birth has a purpose and a plan; who would think of tearing open the chrysalis as the butterfly is emerging? Who would break the shell to pull the chick out?” ~ Marie Mongon, Hypnobirthing

 

“We cannot withhold facts for fear of offending because the importance of the information outweighs people’s right to not be challenged in their beliefs.” ~Maddy Reid

 

“When intervening becomes routine, meaning there is no reason for it, only risks remain.” ~Henci Goer

 

“Fear can be overcome by faith.” ~Dr. Grantly Dick-Read – Childbirth Without Fear

 

“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

 

“A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.” ~Albert Einstein, in a letter to a friend childbirth_class

 

“My OB put it in perspective for me. He’s seen 1 uterine rupture in 29 years…and she had not previously had a c-section.” ~Vanessa Spahan (a BWF mama)

 

Roberto Caldeyro-Barcia, past president of the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, states unequivocally, “Except for being hanged by the feet, the supine position is the worst conceivable position for labor and delivery.”

 

“There are those who are appalled because I am so vocal about injustice, yet I am equally appalled by their silence.” ~Lujene Clark

 

“I have been taught where women are free, we will learn how they give birth best. They will show us. They will trust us. Look at them and listen closely.” ~Dr. Michael Odent, Obstetrician

 

“We live in a time when everyone wants things proven by science. Want things backed up with a percentage. Want to see where we fit in a statistic. Life (and birth) have too many variables to ever be scientific. This isn’t science. It’s life. It’s birth. We aren’t average, but each have our own ‘normal’. We aren’t research, we are birthing women.” ~Mrs. BWF

 

“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” ~Ayn Rand

 

“A society that places a low value on its mothers and the process of birth will suffer an array of negative repercussions for doing so. Good beginnings make a positive difference in the world, so it is worth our while to provide the best possible care for mothers and babies throughout this extraordinarily influential part of life.” ~Ina May Gaskin

 

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” ~Aldous Huxley

 

“Unfortunately, the role of obstetrics has never been to help women give birth. There is a big difference between the medical discipline we call ‘obstetrics’ and something completely different, the art of midwifery. If we want to find safe alternatives to obstetrics, we must rediscover midwifery. To rediscover midwifery is the same as giving childbirth back to women. And imagine the future if surgical teams were at the service of the women and the midwives, instead of controlling them.” ~Michel Odent, MD, French Obstetrician, 2006

 

“Be patient. You’ll know when it’s time for you to wake up and move ahead.” ~Ram Dass

What are YOUR favorite birth quotes! I would love to hear them!

3 Comments

  1. This is amazing! I especially loved the quote by Penelope Leach. But I do find the inclusion of a Bill Cosby quote to be wildly inappropriate on a site dedicated to the well-being and integrity of women’s bodies.

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