Birth Quotes

I find inspiration in many of these quotes so I wanted to share them and hope you enjoy them too. What are your favorite birth quotes?

 Natural childbirth isn’t when you do nothing to prepare for the birth;   on the contrary, it only happens when you do many things to prepare.      ~ Dawn Freeman

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace on Earth begins with Birth

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

This is not a medical experience, it’s a spiritual experience, it’s an emotional experience and something that people throw away too easily. ~ Director Abby Epstein on childbirth

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

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

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

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

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

The wisdom and compassion a woman can intuitively experience in childbirth can make her a source of healing and understanding for other women. ~ Stephen Gaskin

If in doubt, breathe out. ~ Cathy Doberska – Reading, UK NCT teacher

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

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

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

I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it’s only a choice of attitude. ~ Judith M. Knowlton

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