Humanizing birth means understanding that the woman giving birth is a human being, not a machine and not just a container for making babies. Showing women-half of all people-that they are inferior and inadequate by taking away their power to give birth is a tragedy for all society.— Marsden Wagner
Genuine Baby Birth quotations
I usually claim that pregnant women should not read books about pregnancy and birth. Their time is too precious. They should, rather, watch the moon and sing to their baby in the womb.
A newborn baby has only three demands.
They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.
It's not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers that midwives see as the miracle of birth.
It's very healthy for a young girl to be deterred from promiscuity by fear of contracting a painful, incurable disease, or cervical cancer, or sterility, or the likelihood of giving birth to a dead, blind or brain-damaged baby (even ten years later when she may be happily married).
I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, my baby you'll be.
A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
There's people making babies to my music. That's nice.
Birth is about making mothers... strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength
Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility.
To demand that others should provide you textbook prognoses is like asking a strange woman to give birth to your baby. There are insights that can be born only of your own pain, and they are the most precious.
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.
Birth: The first and direst of all disasters.
There is no scientific evidence that doing over 10 percent of births with a cesarean improves the outcome for the woman or improves the outcome for the baby.
The difference between most mothers and me is that I didn't sit around drinking coffee at baby group for 12 months after the birth of my baby. No, in three weeks I was back in my suit, back at my desk earning profit for my business and I don't see why other women shouldn't do the same.
Every baby's first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love.
Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet
According to physiological law, all natural, normal functions of the body are achieved without peril or pain. Birth is a natural, normal physiological function for normal, healthy women and their healthy babies. It can, therefore, be inferred that healthy women, carrying healthy babies, can safely birth without peril or pain.
Being touched and caressed, being massaged, is food for the infant;
food as necessary as minerals, vitamins, and proteins. Deprived of this food, the name of which is love, Babies would rather die. And often they do.
Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers.
Attachment to a baby is a long-term process, not a single, magical moment.
The opportunity for bonding at birth may be compared to falling in love - staying in love takes longer and demands more work.
I have never observed even the slightest laceration in a woman who used clitoral stimulation as a relaxation method during birth. Clitoral stimulation seems to increase vaginal engorgement as the baby emerges.
The benefits to the mother of immediate breastfeeding are innumerable, not the least of which after the weariness of labor and birth is the emotional gratification, the feeling of strength, the composure, and the sense of fulfillment that comes with the handling and suckling of the baby.
I just have a more holistic sense of what it means to be for life, knowing that life does not just begin at conception and end at birth, and that if I am going to discourage abortion, I had better be ready to adopt some babies and care for some mothers.
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.
What we celebrate at Christmas is not so much the birth of a baby, but the incarnation of God Himself
I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers.
It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.
We cannot birth our babies through sheer force of will.
We need to learn the more subtle, the equally powerful, path of surrender.
At birth, the child leaves a person - his mother's womb - and this makes him independent of her bodily functions. The baby is next endowed with an urge, or need, to face the out world and to absorb it. We might say that he is born with 'the psychology of world conquest.' By absorbing what he finds about him, he forms his own personality.
When I asked my mother where babies came from, she thought I said rabies.
She said you get them from being bitten by a dog. The next week, a woman on my block gave birth to triplets... I thought she'd been bitten by a Great Dane.
By far the most common craving of pregnant women is not to be pregnant.
People are giving birth underwater now.
They say it's less traumatic for the baby because it's under water. But it's certainly more traumatic for the other people in the pool.
Gentle birth, protecting mother and baby, is a solution that I believe will result in positive change for our society.
Childbirth being one's most significant life passage, those close to us when we open to birth a baby will never be forgotten.
I think between the ages of 15 and 32, don't worry about getting married, don't worry about settling down, don't worry about having a baby. Give birth to yourself.
One of the major causes of poverty is a lack of family planning.
Governments and nonprofit organizations need to encourage poor people to use birth control so that they don't have unexpected babies, which will only make poorer families poorer.