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Good Quotes or Other Things You've Read That Inspire You For the Big Day

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Love this from Birthing From Within:
"Most Western women have never been physically tested until we go thorough labor and birth...haven't gone eighteen or twenty four hours without food or sleep...allowed ourselves to go a day or two...without a bath or shower, without brushing our teeth and doing our hair and makeup.  Even fewer of us would allow anyone else to see, smell, or touch us, unwashed, sweat-soaked, naked, oozing mucus, blood, and feces from our nether regions.  When faced with the forces of labor we can't hide the fear, the anxiety, the responses to pain...All the inhibitions and trappings of our social selves are peeled away as our bodies thrust and heave, vomit and grunt, cry, and leak.  the animal is there for everyone to see"
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People talk about how painful contractions are because they’re so strong. But what we want woman to know is that the strength of that contraction is the strength of their own bodies. They are as strong as the contraction is. And so they are able to manage it.
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Erin Fullam, midwife 

 

 

“Birth is God’s time. It can’t be rushed or programmed to suit anyone’s clock. It is a time to simply be there, respecting the woman’s space and the natural rhythms of her body. Think of how time ceases to have relevance when you are caught up in the presence of God worshipping Him or when you are in love and spending time with your beloved. Time flies by and you barely notice. Birth time is the timing of nature. Who knows when spring will come? Can a budding flower be found open? Yet in time, these things unfold. So does birth. I sometimes suggest to my clients that they visit the ocean and see the rhythm of the waves on the shore. That right there teaches you, deep within, so much about the patterns, rhythms and power of labor.” – Julie Bell

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"Having a baby is hard enough. No woman should be asked to do anything else while she is having a baby. She shouldn't have to renegotiate her birth plan, argue with her care providers about evidence supporting her decision, or advocate for her baby. She also shouldn't have to comfort her husband, or reassure her mother, or educate her sister. Everyone around the birthing mother should attend her like the queen she is." Elizabeth Allemann, MD

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