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67 Quotes About Birth That You Need to Hear If You’re Pregnant

Words have a lot of power, so hearing positive quotes about birth can be a great way to prepare yourself for a great birth experience. I’ve gathered the best quotes I could find on topics from how strong women are to what needs to change about typical birth care in America. You’re going to love them.

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Have you ever heard a quote and felt like the person who said or wrote was speaking directly to you?

Words are powerful. And sometimes a good quote can be the thing that pulls you out of discouragement or the thing that pumps you up to do something wild.

Preparing for birth, especially for first-time moms, can bring a wide array of emotions – including nervousness and a need for encouragement. If you’re looking for inspiration or just some great insights about birth, these quotes are for you.

I separated them into sections so it’s easier to navigate. But they’re all amazing so feel free to read straight through them all like a book. 

Here’s quick links to each category if you want to jump to one:

Quotes About the Strength of Women and Their Bodies

“It is important to keep in mind that our bodies must work pretty well or there wouldn’t be so many humans on the planet.” —Ina May Gaskin

“Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic.” —Ina May Gaskin

“Women’s bodies have near-perfect knowledge of childbirth; it’s when their brains get involved that things can go wrong.”  —Peggy Vincent

“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.” —Virginia D’Orio

“The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you because it is you.” —Unknown

“WOMEN: Wild, Overflowing, Majestic, Empowered, Natural.” —Unknown

“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” —Laura Stavoe Harm

“Life only demands the strength you possess.” —David Hammarskjold

“The knowledge of how to give birth without outside interventions lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on the acceptance of the process.” —Suzanne Arms

“I think one of the best things we could do would be to help women/parents/families discover their own birth power, from within themselves. And to let them know it’s always been there, they just needed to tap into it.” —John H. Kennell

“A woman in birth is at once her most powerful and most vulnerable. But any woman who has birthed unhindered understands that we are stronger than we know.” —Marcie Macari

“Labor is not about dilation. Your body knows how to give birth whether or not you ever have a pelvic exam during labor. Birthing women need encouragement to trust their bodies and to be the stars of their own labors.” —Ananda Lowe & Rachel Zimmerman

“Women are strong, strong, terribly strong. We don’t know how strong until we’re pushing out our babies.” —Louise Erdrich

“A healthy woman who delivers spontaneously performs a job that cannot be improved upon.” —Aidan MacFarlane

“The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.” —Heather McCue

“How we treat those that bring children into the world and whose bodies are the first worlds for babies, whether with high honor or tenderness or with neglect or abuse, does profoundly affect the direction of every society.” —Suzanne Arms

butterfly coming out of its chrysalis

“All natural birth has a purpose and a plan; who would think of tearing open the chrysalis as the butterfly is emerging? Who would break the shell to pull the chick out?” —Marie Mongan

“Respecting the woman as an important and valuable human being and making certain that the woman’s experience while giving birth is fulfilling and empowering is not just a nice extra, it is absolutely essential as it makes the woman strong and therefore makes society strong.” —Marsden Wagner

“Although the popularly desired outcome is ‘healthy mother, healthy baby,’ I think there is room in that equation for ‘happy, non-traumatized, empowered, and elated mother and baby.’” —Ashley Booth Young

“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

Quotes About the Pain of Childbirth + How It Can Be Painless

“To those who say it is just not possible to birth naturally and without pain, I say, ‘But what if we’re right? Wouldn’t it be wonderful?’” —Lorne R. Campbell

“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

rain in the trees

“When I say painless, please understand, I don’t mean you will not feel anything. What you will feel is a lot of pressure; you will feel the might of creation move through you. Pain, however, is associated with something gone wrong. Childbirth is a lot of hard work, and the sensations that accompany it are very strong, but there is nothing wrong with labor.” —Giuditta Tornetta

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“So the question remains. Is childbirth painful? Yes. It can be, along with a thousand amazing sensations for which we have yet to find adequate language. Every birth is different, and every woman’s experience and telling of her story will be unique.” —Marcie Macari

“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.” —Betty Bender

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” —Marie Curie

“No other natural bodily function is painful, and childbirth should not be an exception.” —Grantly Dick-Read

“Fear can be overcome only by faith.” —Grantly Dick-Read

“Muscles send messages to each other. Clenched fists, a tight mouth, a furrowed brow all send signals to the birth passage muscles, the very ones that need to be loosened. Opening up to relax these upper body parts relaxes the lower ones.” —William and Martha Sears

Quotes About Staying Healthy and Making Labor Easier

“If you lay down, the baby will never come out.” —a Native American saying

“Keeping active during labor and adopting natural, upright, or crouching birth positions is the safest, most enjoyable, most economical and sensible way for the majority of women to give birth.” —Janet Balaskas

“The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety.” —Sarah Buckley

“It takes a healthy mother to have a healthy baby.” —Marie Mongan

lots of healthy food

“If you are an expectant mother, you must eat a good, nutritious, balanced diet every day during your pregnancy. A good diet is the best insurance that your baby will be healthy and strong with a normal weight at birth!” —Thomas H. Brewer

“If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.” —John H. Kennell

“300,000 women will be giving birth with you today.” —Unknown 

“When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.” —Marie Mongan

“The skill of being with women in pain in labor often rests in believing in women when they do not believe in themselves.” —Nicky Leaf

Quotes About How Giving Birth Changes Women

“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 Rothman

“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

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” —Rajneesh

“Birth matters. It brings us into being, on many levels.” —Ananda Lowe

happy new mom

“Giving birth is a transformation and it doesn’t matter whether you’ve had eight babies before. It’s still a transformation the next time you have another baby because you are no longer the same woman you were before you had that baby.” —Penny Handford

“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

“Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her. She is never alone.” —Suzanne Arms

Quotes About How Beautiful, Spiritual, and Unique Birth Is

“The major role that the body’s natural oxytocin plays in birth encourages the idea that birth is an experience of love.” —Cathy Daub

“Birth is an experience that demonstrates that life is not merely function and utility but form and beauty.” —Christopher Largen

“It is a sacred event every time a child is born.” —Russell M. Nelson

“Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.” —Marcie Macari

“The instant of birth is exquisite. Pain and joy are one at this moment. Ever after, the dim recollection is so sweet that we speak to our children with a gratitude they never understand.” —Madeline Tiger Bass

“We must attempt to tell the whole truth about birth, the truth that includes the transformation, mastery, satisfaction, personal power, and the difference between pain and suffering.” —Cheri van Hoover

“However much we know about birth in general, we know nothing about a particular birth. We must let it unfold with its own uniqueness.” —Elizabeth Noble

“To speak of birth, to touch people’s hearts and souls and to awaken that part of humankind that has forgotten that it matters enormously how a baby comes into the world – that is our task.” —Vicki Chan and Nick Edmondstone

newborn baby lying on bed

“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 J. Leshan

“It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labor, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love.” —Grantly Dick-Read

Quotes About How Safe Birth Is and How Interventions Have Changed It

“Birth is as safe as life gets.” —Harriette Hartigan

“The first intervention in birth that a healthy woman takes is when she walks out the front door of her home in labor. From that first intervention, all others will follow.” —Michael Rosenthal

“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

“The effort to separate the physical experience of childbirth from the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of this event has served to disempower and violate women.” —Mary Rucklos Hampton

“Grapefruits are sectioned, pizza is delivered, women give birth.” —Unknown

“When enough women realize that birth is a time of great opportunity to get in touch with their true power, and when they are willing to assume responsibility for this, we will reclaim the power of birth and help move technology where it belongs – in the service of birthing women, not their master.” —Christiane Northrup

“Only when you really understand your options can you make a truly informed choice.” —Allison Clark

“Birth should not be a time in a woman’s life when she has to fight for anything.” —Carla Hartley

“Mothers need to know that their care and their choices won’t be compromised by birth politics.” —Jennifer Rosenberg

“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

“For far too many women, pregnancy and birth is something that happens to them rather than something they set out consciously and joyfully to do themselves.” —Sheila Kitzinger

Want More?

Hopefully one or more of those quotes helped you feel encouraged or helped you see birth in a different light.

If you’re wanting more, there are lots of books you can read about birth. For my recommendation about the best five books to read during pregnancy, especially if you’re planning an unmedicated birth, check out 5 Natural Birth Books That Everyone Should Read.

Don’t forget, mama, YOU’VE GOT THIS. Birth is a beautiful thing and can be one of the best experiences of your life. I sincerely pray that that will be the case for you.

Until next time,

Allison

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