You do a lot of growing up

You do a lot of growing up when you’re pregnant.  It’s suddenly like, "Yikes. Here it is, folks. Playtime is over."  ~Connie Fioretto, quoted in Between Generations: The Six Stages of Parenthood by Ellen Galinsky, 1982

I fell in love with you when

I fell in love with you when you were forming in my womb.
Now I carry you in my heart instead of my arms.
~Author Unknown

An angel in the book of life

An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby’s birth,
Then whispered as she closed the book "too beautiful for earth."
~Author Unknown

Childbirth is an experience in a womans

Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever.  Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her…. She is never alone.  ~Suzanne Arms

A baby is something you carry inside

A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die.  ~Attributed to Mary Mason, also Monica Mason and Mary Manson  (Anyone know where I can find the original?)

We repeatedly tell patients we are not

We repeatedly tell patients we are not in a hurry; there are no trains to catch and we don’t care when the baby comes, only how!  A doctor who is in a hurry does not belong in the field of obstetrics.  As my chief pointed out, "An obstetrician should have a big rear end and the good sense to sit calmly thereupon and let nature take its course."  ~Robert A. Bradley

It seems an insult to nature and

It seems an insult to nature and to the Creator to imagine that pregnancy was ever intended to be a sickness.  ~Mrs E.B. Duffey, What Women Should Know, 1873

The stricken mother sitting by the side

The stricken mother, sitting by the side of the lifeless form of her first-born, will hear unmoved the words of consolation and the persuasions to resignation which are urged by one who has not suffered, even though he eloquently draw motives from the highest heaven; while the silent pressure of her hand by some humble creature who has hidden her treasure under the daisies, will inspire her with calmness and strength. ~Timothy Titcomb (J.G. Holland), Gold-foil

They say men can never experience the

They say men can never experience the pain of childbirth. They can… if you hit them in the goolies with a cricket bat for fourteen hours.  ~Jo Brand

There is power that comes to 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.  ~Sheryl Feldman

Life is always a rich and steady

On very cold nights he lay so that his breath would warm it. For Wilbur, nothing in life was so important as this small round object – nothing else mattered. Patiently he awaited the end of winter and the coming of the little spiders. Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch. The winter ended at last.  ~E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web, Chapter XXII: A Warm WindTPV

A friend asked her doctor if a

A friend asked her doctor if a woman should have children after thirty-five.  I said, "Thirty-five children is enough for any woman."  ~Gracie Allen

My mothers feeling is we were made

[My mother’s] feeling is, we were made to do this work, and it’s not easy, and it’s inherently painful…. Pain and pleasure are a continuum, and without the pain, there would not be the pleasure.  We wouldn’t have a place to slide around, and that this is just an intense experience of pain.  It’s also an intense experience of pleasure, and joy and hope…. I would say that the pain is part of the glory, or the tremendous mystery of life.  And that if anything, it’s kind of a privilege to stand so close to an incredible miracle.  And that there’s pain involved because it’s such a tremendous event, that it’s like,… it’s like living in a different dimension briefly.  And that it’s a painful process, because it’s like two worlds colliding.  ~Simone Taylor, quoted in Blessed Events by Pamela Edith Klassen

childbirth was probably easier for most

Childbirth was probably easier for most women in early cultures, especially in hunter-gatherer societies, where everyone was accustomed to physical labor and supple and fit from daily activity.  ~Suzanne Arms

Giving birth is a transformation and it

Giving birth is a transformation and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve had eight babies before.  It’s still a transformation the next time you have another baby, because you are no longer the same woman you were before you had that baby.  ~Penny Handford, quoted in Mothering the New Mother by Sally Placksin

The instant of birth is exquisite pain

The instant of birth is exquisite.
Pain and joy are one at this moment.
Ever after, the dim recollection is
so sweet that we speak to our children
with a gratitude they never understand.
We speak to our parents with a sorrow
unfamiliar until the day they are dying.
~Madeline Tiger, Birds of Sorrow and JoyTPV

Many western doctors hold the belief that

Many Western doctors hold the belief that we can improve everything, even natural childbirth in a healthy woman.  This philosophy is the philosophy of people who think it deplorable that they were not consulted at the creation of Eve, because they would have done a better job.  ~Gerrit-Jan Kloosterman

In achieving the depersonalization of childbirth and

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 MothersTPV

To be pregnant is to vitally alive

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.  ~Anne Christian Buchanan and Debra K. Kingsporn, The Quickening Heart: A Journal for Expectant Mothers

People are giving birth underwater now they

People are giving birth underwater now.  They say it’s less traumatic for the baby because it’s in water. But certainly more traumatic for the other people in the pool.  ~Elayne Boosler

In giving birth to our babies we

In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.  ~Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting

13 to 20 billion a year could

$13 to $20 billion a year could be saved in health care costs by demedicalizing childbirth, developing midwifery, and encouraging breastfeeding.  ~Frank A. Oski

I begin to love this little creature

I begin to love this little creature, and to anticipate his birth as a fresh twist to a knot which I do not wish to untie. Men are spoilt by frankness, I believe, yet I must tell you that I love you better than I supposed I did, when I promised to love you forever…. I feel it thrilling through my frame, giving and promising pleasure.  ~Mary Wollstonecraft, letter to husband William GodwinTPV reprinted version

Instead of wishing away nine months pregnancy

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I’d have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.  ~Erma Bombeck, "If I Had My Life to Live Over"

Those who have lost an infant are

Those who have lost an infant are never, as it were, without an infant child.  Their other children grow into manhood and womanhood, and suffer all the changes of mortality; but this one alone is rendered an immortal child; for death has arrested it with its kindly harshness, and blessed it into an eternal image of youth and innocence.  ~Author Unknown

Just as a womans heart knows how

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

Rigid plans work best if youre building

Rigid plans work best if you’re building a skyscraper; with something as mysteriously human as giving birth, it’s best, both literally and figuratively, to keep your knees bent.  ~Mark Sloan

Vita mutari the literal translation from

VITA MUTARI – the literal translation from Latin to English is "Life Transformation."  That is the closest thing I could think of the feeling of labor/birth… what you are feeling isn’t pain, it’s life transformation.  Is it dramatic?  You bet!  I think it should be!  ~Stephanie Soderblomnurturingheartsbirthservices.com/blog/?p=16

Remember this for it is as true

Remember this, for it is as true as true gets:  Your body is not a lemon.  You are not a machine.  The Creator is not a careless mechanic.  Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo.  Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.  ~Ina May Gaskin

The experience of birth is vast it

The experience of birth is vast.  It is a diverse tapestry woven by cultural customs, shaped in personal choices, affected by biological factors, marked by political circumstances.  Yet the nature of birth itself prevails in elegant design of simple complexity.  ~Harriette Hartigan

For far too many pregnancy and birth

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 ChildbirthTPV

Attending births is like growing roses you

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

Pregnant women they had that weird frisson

Pregnant women!  They had that weird frisson, an aura of magic that combined awkwardly with an earthy sense of duty.  Mundane, because they were nothing unique on the suburban streets; ethereal because their attention was ever somewhere else.  Whatever you said was trivial.  And they had that preciousness which they imposed wherever they went, compelling attention, constantly reminding you that they carried the future inside, its contours already drawn, but veiled, private, an inner secret.  ~Ruth Morgan