"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
as well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose and water buffulo.
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, Author, Activist, Innovator, 'Mother of modern Midwifery'
"If a Doula was a drug, it will be unethical not to use it"
- Dr John Kennell, Author, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics
"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful.
It's that women are strong"
- Laura Slavoe Harm, Writer
"We must attempt to tell the whole truth about birth,
the truth that includes transformation, mastery, satisfaction, personal power
and the difference between pain and suffering"
- Cheri van Hoover, Lecturer in Midwifery
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 how to give birth"
- Virginia Di Orio
"When a woman delivers her baby,
she will have the reward which is so great that it is incomprehensible"
- Prophet Muhammad S.A.W
"Attending births is like growing roses.
You have to marvel at the ones that just open up and bloom at the first kiss of sun,
but you wouldn't dream of pulling open petals of the tightly closed buds
and forcing them to blossom to your timeline."
- Gloria Lemay,