Childbirth Quotes

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Margaret Mitchell
“Death, taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them.”
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

Ina May Gaskin
“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: 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 well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. 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, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth

Nicholas D. Kristof
“When anesthesia was developed, it was for many decades routinely withheld from women giving birth, since women were "supposed" to suffer. One of the few societies to take a contrary view was the Huichol tribe in Mexico. The Huichol believed that the pain of childbirth should be shared, so the mother would hold on to a string tied to her husband's testicles. With each painful contraction, she would give the string a yank so that the man could share the burden. Surely if such a mechanism were more widespread, injuries in childbirth would garner more attention.”
Nicholas D. Kristof, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Penn Jillette
“Nobody that has seen a baby born can believe in god for a second. When you see your child born, and the panic, and the amount of technology that is saving the life of the two people you love most in the world, when you see how much stainless steel and money it takes to fight off the fact that god wants both those people dead, no one, no one can look into the eyes of a newborn baby and say there's a god, because I'll tell ya, if we were squatting in the woods, the two people I love most would be dead. There's just no way around that. If I were in charge, no way. We need technology to fight against nature; nature so wants us dead. Nature is trying to kill us.”
Penn Jillette

Anita Diamant
“I could not get my fill of looking.
There should be a song for women to sing at this moment or a prayer to recite. But perhaps there is none because there are no words strong enough to name that moment.”
Anita Diamant, The Red Tent

Fulton J. Sheen
“Many married women who have deliberately spurned the "hour" of childbearing are unhappy and frustrated. They never discovered the joys of marriage because they refused to surrender to the obligation of their state. In saving themselves, they lost themselves!”
Fulton J. Sheen, Seven Words of Jesus and Mary: Lessons from Cana and Calvary

Lisa See
“Having a baby is painful in order to show how serious a thing life is.”
Lisa See, Shanghai Girls

Gail Carriger
“Later on Lady Maccon was to describe that particular day as the worst of her life. She had neither the soul nor the romanticism to consider childbirth magical or emotionally transporting. So far as she could gather it mostly involved pain indignity and mess. There was nothing engaging or appealing about the process. And as she told her husband firmly she intended never to go through it again.”
Gail Carriger, Heartless

Vanessa Diffenbaugh
“Her eyes were open, taking in my tired face... Her face twitched into what looked like a squinty smile, and in her wordless expression I saw gratitude, and relief, and trust. I wanted, desperately, not to disappoint her.”
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

Margaret Mitchell
“War and marriage and childbirth had passed over her without touching any deep chord within her and she was unchanged.”
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

Stephenie Meyer
“You know, there was a time when childbirth was possibly the most terrifying thing you could do in your life, and you were literally looking death in the face when you went ahead with it. And so this is a kind of flashback to a time when that's what every woman went through. Not that they got ripped apart, but they had no guarantees about whether they were going to live through it or not.
You know, I recently read - and I don't read nonfiction, generally - Becoming Jane Austen. That's the one subject that would get me to go out and read nonfiction. And the author's conclusion was that one of the reason's Jane Austen might not have married when she did have the opportunity...well, she watched her very dear nieces and friends die in childbirth! And it was like a death sentence: You get married and you will have children. You have children and you will die. (Laughs) I mean, it was a terrifying world.”
Stephenie Meyer, The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

Philippa Gregory
“Men die in battle; women die in childbirth.”
Philippa Gregory, The Red Queen

Philippa Gregory
“My mother? My own mother told my lady governess that if the baby and I were in danger then they should save the baby.”
Philippa Gregory, The Red Queen

Marian Keyes
“My friend Kathy is the only person who'll be halfway honest with me. 'Did you ever see a cowboy film, where someone has been caught by the Indians and tied between two wild stallions, each pulling in opposite directions?' she asked.

I nodded mutely.

'That's a bit what giving birth is like.”
Marian Keyes, Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities

Peggy Vincent
“I cried with pride as I looked into the face of a midwife from the next generation of baby catchers.”
Peggy Vincent, Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife

“Whose interest does egg freezing serve? The woman's or that of an ambitious, still pretty unforgiving culture that doesn't really ever see childbearing for female employees as convenient?”
Randi Hutter Epstein, Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank

“I am often slow in catching up to the times, but even so, I still cannot even grip this idea: With nothing more than pitocin in your IV drip, you can sooner control the date and time of the birth of a human being-- the gushing entry into the great blue world of a whole new person-- than you can the scheduling of a few line cooks in your operation.”
Gabrielle Hamilton, Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

Britta Bushnell
“When we enter the world of birth, we step across the threshold from the mundane to the sacred. Pregnancy and birth are a space between worlds — a liminal space — a place where you are no longer not a parent and not yet one either. This betwixt and between is sacred space within which powerful and profound events occur — often uninvited.”
Britta Bushnell, Transformed by Birth: Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood

Mary McCarthy
“On her lips, which were dry, was a new shade of lipstick, by Tussy; her doctor had ordered her to put on lipstick and powder right in the middle of labour; he and Sloan both thought it was important for a maternity patient to keep herself up to the mark.”
Mary McCarthy, The Group

Julia Spencer-Fleming
“Clare lost her blowing rhythm and began growling, “Ow, ow, ow, ow, shit, shit, shit!” At the end of the contraction, she fell back against her pillow scowling. “That really hurts!”

“What did they tell you in class?” Margy said.

“That there would be discomfort. And that I should visualize my birth canal as a tunnel of golden light.”

The nurse pushed away from the rolling stool where she’d been giving Clare an internal examination. “Well! You weren’t kidding about those contractions. You’re already eight centimeters dilated.”

“Visualize your birth canal as an express elevator,” Margy said.”
Julia Spencer-Fleming, Hid from Our Eyes

Nicholas D. Kristof
“We say in America that we love motherhood, but that's a cruel joke. A woman is about twice as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth in America as in Britain--because the British make a real effort to save moms' lives, and we don't. Indeed, the maternal mortality rate actually began rising again in the United States around the year 2000, even as it was falling in the rest of the world. Today one of the most dangerous places in the advanced world to become pregnant is the American South, where women die in childbirth at far higher rates than, say, Spain or Sweden.”
Nicholas D. Kristof, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Catherine Lloyd
“Lucy finished her toast. "Then perhaps you should go. I'll wager he won't snap at you for trying to make conversation."
"So that she can swoon over him?" Anthony snorted. "He's fifteen years older than her."
"So? Father was fifteen years older than Mother. It's quite common for a husband to be older than a wife."
"And yet she died before him because she had too many children." Anna's smile disappeared. "She was simply worn out with it."
Lucy reached for Anna's hand. "That might be true. but as Father will no doubt remind you, that is a woman's lot in life."
Anna snatched her hand free. "That doesn't make it any better, though, does it?"
Lucy could only agree.”
Catherine Lloyd, Death Comes to the Village

Britta Bushnell
“Birth, while transcendent, otherworldly, spiritual, and profound, is actually intense hard work that tests our ideas of what “spiritual” looks like and means. Birth exposes the sacred through the muck, mud, and hardship of something so profoundly animalistic that it makes us into something entirely new. This otherworldly place where great transformation happens is the sacred space of birth.”
Britta Bushnell, Transformed by Birth: Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood

Melanie Golding
“Details that almost nobody else would have found interesting in the slightest, the mundane, tedious minutiae, given a new significance in their post-birth world, where each choice they made, however small, seemed life-alteringly crucial.”
Melanie Golding, Little Darlings

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Every child comes to the world with its own message.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“Arachnoiditis is the Queen of invisible disabilities”
Dinara Farina, Stabbed in the Back: Are childbirth epidurals really safe?

Anthony Youn
“Unfortunately, aging, and especially aging combined with a history of childbirth, does a number on a woman’s breasts. Skin loses elasticity with age, and the thick, firm breast tissue of youth gets replaced by soft, shapeless fat, especially after having children and going through menopause. Breast-feeding can cause the breasts to undergo massive fluctuations in size, which stretches out the skin. Gravity works every second of every minute of every day to pull breasts downward.”
Anthony Youn, The Age Fix: A Leading Plastic Surgeon Reveals How To Really Look Ten Years Younger

Anna North
“Mama says at every birth, death is in the room. You can try to ignore it, or you can acknowledge it, and greet it like a guest, and then you won't be so afraid anymore."
Bee looked skeptical.
"How do you greet it? 'Hello, Death'?"
"She pictures the last patient she lost," I said. "The death that's freshest in her mind. She pictures that woman standing right there in the room with her. She looks the woman up and down. She doesn't say anything, but sometimes she gives a little nod. Then she's ready for the birth.”
Anna North, Outlawed

Jojo Moyes
“I felt like my sister, when she had first given birth to Thomas. "It's like I'm looking through a funnel," she had said, gazing at his newborn form. "The world has just shrunk to me and him.”
Jojo Moyes, Me Before You

Abhijit Naskar
“A world that is safe for mothers is safe for all.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

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