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"If we are to heal the planet,
we must begin by healing birthing."
Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg
"People never sing...except in the bathroom. Birthing women also make their natural sounds next to running bath water. There is something about the power of water. People are drawn to water, spas, and sacred streams. Women in labor are drawn to water, too."
Michel Odent, MD
"The wisdom and compassion a woman can intuitively experience in childbirth can make her a source of healing and understanding for other women."
"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful.
It's that women are strong."
Laura Stavoe Harm
"...if you know that you are pregnant and if you know when you conceived your baby and you think that everything's okay, doctors can probably do nothing for you. Women need to realise that the role of medicine in pregnancy is very limited..."
Michel Odent MD (in Optimal Birth)
"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, MD
"What's done to children, they will do to society."
"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 always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude."
Judith M. Knowlton
"If I don't know my options,
I don't have any."
"Having a highly trained obstetrical surgeon attend a normal birth is analogous to having a pediatric surgeon babysit a healthy 2-year-old."
"Treating normal labors as though they were complicated can become a self-fulfilling prophecy." Rooks
"The truth for women living in a modern world is that they must take increasing responsibility for the skills they bring into birth if they want their birth to be natural. Making choices of where and with whom to birth is not the same as bringing knowledge and skills into your birth regardless of where and with whom you birth."
Common Knowledge Trust
"Unfortunately, the role of obstetrics has never been to help women give birth. There is a big difference between the medical discipline we call 'obstetrics' and something completely different, the art of midwifery. 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, MD