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doulala's birth quotes...

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:29 AM
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I know this was posted a few months back.. I really would love to see these again!


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by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:29 AM
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by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:32 AM



love it!




   okayyyy, lemmee see....


by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:36 AM







  • We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong.                                                                      ~Harm



  • Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.                                                                       ~Einstein



  • To know the way ahead, ask those coming back.       ~Chinese proverb




The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process. ~Suzanne Arms


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



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 when and how to give birth.

- Virginia Di



How DARE Mother Nature question SCIENCE!       ~Mike Tymeson


The impossible is often the untried.       ~Jim Goodwin



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



Faith, Acceptance, Surrender         ~Unknown


Fear can be overcome only by Faith.         ~Dr. Grantly Dick-Read


Rain, after all is only rain; it is not bad weather. So also, pain is only pain; unless we resist it, then it becomes torment.            ~I Ching


If I don't know my options, I don't have any.          ~Diana Korte
  • Doulas mother the mother.       :-)

  • Every woman who wants a doula should have one!      :-)

  • If you don't know your options you don't have any.      ~Korte & Scaer  

  • If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.    -John H. Kennell, MD

  • Women's strongest feelings (in terms of their birthings), positive and negative, focus on the way they were treated by their caregivers.       ~Annie Kennedy & Penny Simkin

  • labor is not about dilation.  Your body knows how to give birth whether or not you have a pelvic exam during labor.  Birthing women need encouragement to trust their bodies, and to be the stars of their own labors.     ~The Doula Guide to Birth

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 Rothma




When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change. -Mongan





If you don't know your options, you don't have any.           ~Korte & Scaer


Mothers need to know that their care and their choices won't be compromised by birth politics.                                                                                            ~Jennifer Rosenberg


Midwives see birth as a miracle and only mess with it if there's a problem;
doctors see birth as a problem and if they don't mess with it, it's a miracle!     
~Barbara Harper




We've put birth in the same category with illness and disease and it's never belonged there. Birth is naturally safe, but we've allowed it to be taken over by the medical community.

~Carla Hartley, founder of Trust Birth and the Ancient Art Midwifery Institute






Treating normal labors as though they were complicated can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. ~Rooks


If you lay down, the baby will never come out! ~ Native American saying




The U.S. cesarean rate is at a record high of 31.8%;   in 1970 it was 5.5%.

"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."          ~Dr. Marsden Wagner



 "A successful VBAC occurs about 73% of the time. If a hospital bans VBAC, they're basically telling 73% of women that they have to undergo a surgical procedure that carries
more morbidity than if they had a vaginal birth. That's outrageous to me."    ~Dr. Stuart Fischbein





You're six times more likely to have a doctor who is an impostor than

you are to suffer a uterine rupture. Two percent of docs are phonies (1

in 50), according to several sources I found. So instead of worrying

about rupture, why not take a few minutes to check up on your doctor's

credentials? It'd be a more profitable use of your time and a

substantially more likely cause for alarm.-

"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




My cervix is like a rosebud

Ready to Open

I am nurtured by those around me as the rose is nurtured by the soil

The rosebud gradually, ever so softly, opens and blossoms.

I open and blossom.

My cervix is soft and ripe like a rosebud.

I see the outer petals of the rose falling away

I see my cervix yielding like the outer petals of the rose.

Every contraction opens another petal of my rosebud cervix.

I welcome each contraction, which helps me open my rosebud cervix.

I welcome and receive all the nurturing around me, which helps me open.

Just like the warm sun opens the rose, the warmth I receive opens my

I yield and open.

The rose does not resist.

I open and blossom.

- Barbara Harper "Gentle Birth Choices"





Anytime anyone has anything done to them by a physician, there is risk. Even a blood draw.

- Dr. Tim Johnson, U of Michigan




Only nature cures. The task of the physician should be to help nature's efforts, not combat them.







Reluctant doctors like to believe that they haven't much influence over
their patients, but that is clearly not the case. Several studies have
found that when doctors genuinely encouraged women to have VBACs, most
of them did, and when they said nothing or acted neutral, most women
didn't. Finally, when obstetricians discouraged VBAC in women who
wanted to try it,none of them did.

Henci Goer, Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth




...the obstetric community has been overly zealous in treating a

normal physiological process and has been triggering many of the

medical crises that lead to cesarean surgery. Greater adherence to

evidence-based medicine would drop the national cesarean rate

dramatically. Obstetricians and hospitals have found that

high-intervention birth, warranted or not, is very profitable. So there

is a tremendous financial incentive to bypass the clinically optimal

approach, and opt for convenience and profit. For example, many

hospitals across the country have eliminated facility-based midwifery

practices simply because the low-intervention approach, while

clinically sound, does not bring in as many dollars.

- Tonya Jamois, president of ICAN



$13 to $20 billion a year could be saved in health care costs by
demedicalizing childbirth, developing midwifery, and encouraging
- Frank Oski, MD, Professor and Director,
Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore,





You're braver than you believe. Stronger than you seem. And smarter than you think.

- Christopher Robin in Pooh's Grand Adventure

A healthy woman who delivers spontaneously performs a job that cannot be improved upon.

Aidan MacFarlane author of The Psychology of Childbirth (1977)





Technology has turned the fetus into
a patient, reducing the mother to being the 'maternal environment' and
preventing attachment until after the ultrasound has shown the fetus to
be 'normal.'

- Jennifer Hall




The traditional midwife believes that birth proceeds in a spiral fashion:
labor starts, stops and starts, while the baby goes down, up and down,
and the cervix opens, closes and opens. Nature has no design for
failure; she holds her own meaning for success.

- Sher Willis






Birth is a process that probably lasts about a month or more, when
you think of how the baby works his/her way into position, mom's body
prepares with the uterus thickening at the top and thinning at the
bottom and the cervix prepares itself to dilate for the final pushes in
this process. It is such an amazing, divine plan and in this day and age
so easily disturbed possibly as never before. I think induction,
possibly in any form, can disrupt this plan, interrupting the baby's
process of positioning and getting ready to be born. As Carla Hartley
says, "Birth is safe, interference is risky."


 Jan Tritten, mother of Midwifery Today






"The better the obstetrician, the more like a midwife he or she becomes."

 Nancy Wainer Cohen


by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:37 AM

oh, this has been updated now:

The U.S. cesarean rate is at a record high of 31.8%;   in 1970 it was 5.5%.

Now it's 32.9%

by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:57 AM

Ahh! yes! I love you! thanks! & that CSect rate sares the crap outta me!

by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:20 AM

Quoting BettyBlythe:

Ahh! yes! I love you! thanks! & that CSect rate sares the crap outta me!

Glad to pass along these things!

oh...   and yes:
If You're Not Angry, You're Not Paying Attention"

by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 3:31 AM
:) great quotes!
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by Mandy on Mar. 28, 2011 at 4:43 AM

Love the angry quote. I was watching one born every minute tonight and got so mad every time they had the woman stay flat on her back with an epidural and told her she gave it her all but just couldn't have the baby vaginally.

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