Just as a womanís 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

There was a star danced, and under that I was born. –William Shakespeare
Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have. –Robin Lim

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

When you have come to the edge
of all the light you know
And are about to step off
Into the darkness of the unknown,
Faith is knowing that
One of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on
Or you will be taught how to fly.
Patrick Overter

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.
Madline Tiger

Making the decision to have a child—itís momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. –Elizabeth Stone
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

We have a secret in our culture, and itís not that birth is painful. It is that women are strong. –Laura Stavoe Harm

Three hundred thousand women will be giving birth with you today.

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

Wait patiently for what time brings. –The Mahabharatam
Courage is like love, it must have hope and trust for nourishment. –Napoleon Bonaparte

Womenís bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered. –Sarah Buckley

...in feeding babies, two substantial mammary glands are more useful than the two hemispheres of a professorís brain. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

...a woman can give birth intact, uninjured, and unafraid. –Ina May Gaskin
Ultimately, risk, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. –Dr. M.F. Green
What makes pain intolerable to women is fear. What takes the fear away is knowledge, relaxation, and focus. Yes, when these things are incorporated, there will still be pain but it will not be intolerable. Remember, you are hearing this from a certified wimp. –Gloria Lemay

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