85 Midwife Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of midwife quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about natural childbirth.

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The Most Famous Midwife Quotes (Best in 2024)

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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

It's not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers that midwives see as the miracle of birth. — Barbara Katz Rothman

Experiences have clearly shown that an approach which 'de-medicalizes' birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach. — Michel Odent

Birth is about making mothers... strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength — Barbara Katz Rothman

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. — Michel Odent

One way to measure a particular doctor's openness and attitude toward women in general is simply to ask about the doctor's opinion of midwifery. — Marsden Wagner

Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life. — Ina May Gaskin

Birth is not an emergency. It is simply an emergence. — Jeannine Parvati Baker

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

As a midwife, I am immersed in Oxytocin day and night. — Robin Lim

Short Midwife Quotes

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  • Adversity is the midwife of genius — Napoleon Bonaparte
  • A director must be a policeman, a midwife, a psychoanalyst, a sycophant and a bastard. — Billy Wilder
  • Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife. — John Dewey
  • Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife. — Johannes Kepler
  • Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have. — Robin Lim
  • Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers. — Barbara Katz Rothman
  • The listener is the midwife in the difficult birth of the word. — Mesa Selimovic
  • No other natural bodily function is painful and childbirth should not be an exception — Grantly Dick-Read
  • I was not the midwife of the Law School, but its fraternal twin. — Norman Lamm
  • Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. — Karl Marx

Childbirth Quotes

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...one cannot actively help a woman to give birth. The goal is to avoid disturbing her unnecsessarily. — Michel Odent

Singin' in the Rain (1952) and childbirth were the two hardest things I ever had to do in my life. — Debbie Reynolds

If we want to find safe alternatives to obstetrics, we must rediscover midwifery. To rediscover midwifery is the same as giving back childbirth to women. And imagine the future if surgical teams were at the service of the midwives and the women instead of controlling them. — Michel Odent

Postpartum depression is a very real and very serious problem for many mothers. It can happen to a first time mom or a veteran mother. It can occur a few days... or a few months after childbirth. — Richard J. Codey

Postpartum depression is a very real and very serious problem for many mothers. It can happen to a first time mom or a veteran mother. It can occur a few days... or a few months after childbirth. — Richard Codey

In accordance with my conception of life, I have chosen not to bring children into the world. A coin is examined, and only after careful deliberation, given to a beggar, whereas a child is flung out into the cosmic brutality without hesitation. — Peter Wessel Zapffe

War is to men, childbirth is to women. — Indian Proverbs

The first printed mention of bagels... is to be found in the Community Regulations of Kracow, Poland, for the year 1610 which stated that bagels would be given as a gift to any woman in childbirth. — Leo Rosten

There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we — Ina May Gaskin

Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never! — Edna Ferber

Natural Childbirth Quotes

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We try to give a birthing woman freedom to find the right position for her own needs and comfort. Unfortunately, in our society we think of birthing as something done while lying down. — Michel Odent

Natural childbirth allows the hormones that have been working for women for thousands of years to fulfill their functions. This is more important than just helping a woman through labor and delivery. Birth-related hormones also affect well-being much later in life. — Janet Schwegel

Having a highly trained obstetrical surgeon attend a normal birth is analogous to having a pediatric surgeon babysit a healthy 2-year-old. — Marsden Wagner

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

No one who has ever brought up a child can doubt for a moment that love is literally the life-giving fluid of human existence — Smiley Blanton

A baby is like the beginning of all things: wonder, hope a dream of possibilities. In a world that is cutting down its trees to build highways, losing its earth to concrete, babies are almost the only remaining link in nature, with the natural world of living things from which we spring. — Eda LeShan

To think, we have the garment industry instead of nature to thank for the zipper concept when it would have come in so handy for childbirth. — Jane Wagner

Nature has decreed that for what men suffer by having to shave, be killed in battle, and eat the legs of chickens, women make amends by housekeeping, childbirth, and writing all the letters for both of them. — Jan Struther

Natural childbirth scares me. I think before you have natural childbirth you should find out how big the baby is. Three pounds -- natural childbirth. Anything over three pounds -- heroin. — Rita Rudner

My mother's idea of natural childbirth was giving birth without makeup. She was hyper-positive - the world is a wonderful place, rainbows and unicorns. If you said anything contrary to her, you were basically exiled. — Robin Williams

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More Midwife Quotes

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Speak tenderly; let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well. — Mother Teresa

Talk and write in a way that encourages the mutual exchange of ideas and acts like a midwife to people birthing their own ideas. — Grace Lee Boggs

The greatest privilege of a human life is to become a midwife to the awakening of the Soul in another person. — Plato

In all cultures, the midwife's place is on the threshold of life, where intense human emotions, fear, hope, longing, triumph, and incredible physical power-enable a new human being to emerge. Her vocation is unique. — Sheila Kitzinger

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

When you destroy midwives, you also destroy a body of knowledge that is shared by women, that can’t be put together by a bunch of surgeons or a bunch of male obstetricians, because physiologically, birth doesn’t happen the same way around surgeons, medically trained doctors, as it does around sympathetic women. — Ina May Gaskin

One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action. — Eric Hoffer

Like a midwife, I make my living bringing new babies into the world, except that mine are new advertising campaigns. — David Ogilvy

Women's bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered. — Sarah J. Buckley

Love set you going like a fat gold watch. The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry Took its place among the elements. — Sylvia Plath

A film director is not a creator, but a midwife. His business is to deliver the actor of a child that he did not know he had inside him. — Jean Renoir

I am just one of many many thousands of midwives, who are devoted to saving lives gently. — Robin Lim

How did we ever get the idea that God would supply us on demand with quick fixes, that God is merely a rescuer and not a midwife? — Sue Monk Kidd

The midwife of history is violence. — Franz Joseph I of Austria

Fiction is truth. I think fiction is the truest thing there ever was. My whole effort is to remove that distinction. The writer is the midwife of understanding. It's very important for me to tell politics like a story, to make it real. — Arundhati Roy

There is a certain justice in criticism. The critic is like a midwife - a tyrannical midwife. — Stephen Spender

Midwives and doctors play a crucial role preventing unnecessary maternal deaths. They educate women about nutrition, health and family planning. And they step in when complications arise. — Liya Kebede

The Creator is not a careless mechanic. — Ina May Gaskin

Whoever heard of a midwife as a literary heroine? Yet midwifery is the very stuff of drama. Every child is conceived either in love or lust, is born in pain, followed by joy or sometimes remorse. A midwife is in the thick of it, she sees it all. — Jennifer Worth

We should work to guarantee that there is a midwife or health worker by every woman's side during childbirth. — Liya Kebede

Vietnam presumably taught us that the United States could not serve as the world's policeman; it should also have taught us the dangers of trying to be the world's midwife to democracy when the birth is scheduled to take place under conditions of guerrilla war. — Jeane Kirkpatrick

A mathematics teacher is a midwife to ideas. — George Polya

If birth matters, midwives matter. In Europe, there are hospitals where the cesarean rate is less than 10%, and you'll find midwives in these hospitals, you'll see a lot less re-admissions with infections and complications, and you'll see a lot less injury to mothers. — Ina May Gaskin

Poets are the mad midwives to reality. They see not what is, nor what can be, but what must become. — Dan Simmons

It would be a mistake, though, to consider care by family doctors or midwives inferior to that offered by obstetricians simply on the grounds that obstetricians need not refer care to a family physician or midwife if no complications develop during a course of labor. — Ina May Gaskin

Paddy was in the delivery room when the midwife handed him a black baby. "Is this yours?" she asked "probably" said Paddy "she burns everything else" — Billy Connolly

Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains. — Alain de Botton

The Mean Value Theorem is the midwife of calculus - not very important or glamorous by itself, but often helping to deliver other theorems that are of major significance. — Edward Mills Purcell

No times were more dangerous than when our country was born, when revolution was our midwife. — Daniel Inouye

Other days, other ways; and, although they have now been greatly improved upon, the old country midwives did at least succeed in bringing into the world many generations of our forefathers, or where should we be now? — — Flora Thompson

Women are being told to get midwives [in UK] because there's not enough room and there's not enough pain medicine at the hospitals. — Rush Limbaugh

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