Inspirational birth quotes are what helped me powerfully mentally prepare for my first baby’s birth.
While everyone around me was telling me how painful and god-awful it was going to be, I found solace and encouragement from reading birth quotes online.
In this article, I’m sharing my most favorite, powerful and inspirational birth quotes.
Birth quotes were what gave me the courage and positive mindset to have natural home births. I would’ve read them no matter where or how I birthed, because each birth is this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it is robbed from so many women because our culture chooses to focus on fear instead of the wisdom of women’s bodies.
Here is a collection of my favorite birthing quotes.
1. “When a woman gives birth, she has to reach down inside herself and give more than she thought she had. The limits of her existence are stretched. There is a moment when every woman thinks, “I can‘t do this.” If she is lucky, she has a midwife, a doula or her mom to whisper in her ear, “You are doing it.” As she does it, she becomes someone new: a mother.” – Pam Udy
2. “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
3. “There is a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” – Laura Stavoe
4. “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.” – Kloosterman 1994
5. “Treating normal labors as though they were complicated can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” – Rooks
6. “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 natural. 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
7. “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
8. “When a woman births without drugs…she learns that she is strong and powerful…She learns to trust herself, even in the face of powerful authority figures. Once she realizes her own strength and power, she will have a different attitude for the rest of her life, about pain, illness, disease, fatigue, and difficult situations.” – Polly Perez
9. “Deep relaxation, surrender, letting go: when midwives are asked to disclose the secret of giving birth with relative ease, these are the words we choose. More than metaphors for coping, these responses are based on physiological imperatives…” -Elizabeth Davis
10. “Since beliefs affect physiologic functions, how women and men discuss the process of pregnancy and birth can have a negative or positive effect on the women that are involved in the discussion. Our words are powerful and either reinforce or undermine the power of women and their bodies.” – Debra Bingham
11. “Learn to respect this sacred moment of birth, as fragile, as fleeting, as elusive as dawn.” – Frederick Leboyer
12. “Birth is women’s business; it is the business of our bodies. And our bodies are indeed wondrous, from our monthly cycles to the awesome power inherent in the act of giving birth.” – Sarah Buckley
13. “When a man is truly ‘present’ for the birth of his child and allows himself to be touched by the mystery unfolding before his eyes, he will have an unquestionable experience that can catapult him into the next phase of his development as a mature human being. His encounter with the power of birth…can connect him to his partner and his child in ways that sustain him for the rest of his life.” – John Franklin
14. “Labor is also teamwork. It is a mother and baby learning together how to push and how to be born, how to yield and separate from the union of pregnancy. You are not in control nor are you out of control during labor. The best way to approach labor is with an attitude of learning rather than controlling.” – Gayle Peterson
15. “Birth is not a cerebral event; it is a visceral-holistic process which requires all of your self – body, heart, emotion, mind, spirit.” – Baraka Bethany Elihu
16. “There is no place for ideology in birthing. Each birth has its own story and we must respond to what the baby tells us.” – Spinning Babies.com
17. “To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited.” – Anne Buchanan
18. “Giving birth in ecstasy: This is our birthright and our body’s intent. Mother Nature, in her wisdom, prescribes birthing hormones that take us outside (ec) our usual state (stasis), so that we can be transformed on every level as we enter motherhood.” – Sarah Buckley
19. “The mystery of life and birth is a profound invitation to be authentic as you trust and tremble your way through labor’s Gates of doubt and fear. It is possible that you will become more intuitive during labor than at any other time…Allow your body to guide you in your breathing, in your unique movement, in knowing …what to do…even when you don’t know what to do.” – Pam England
I hope you enjoyed these quotes and found comfort and encouragement in them. Everyone laughed when I told them I was going to have a natural birth…they didn’t know what I was capable of. I believe in you.
Jessica Dimas is the author of the book “Sacred Self-Care for the Highly Sensitive Mom.”
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