I have a couple of friends and students that are expecting their new babies very soon. I keep them all in my prayers and pray that they have the births that they dream of having. I pray for myself that I can let God remain in control. I also pray for him to take my worry for each of them away.
I have a few favorite birth quotes that I wanted to share for all moms.
“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
“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
“A study of interactions between women and obstetricians offers an explanation. It described three levels of increasing power imbalance: In the first, you fight and lose; in the second you don’t fight because you know you can’t win. However, in the highest level of power differential, your preferences are so manipulated that you act against your own interests, but you are content. Elective repeat cesarean exemplifies that highest level.” Henci Goer, Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth
“You are constructing your own reality with the choices you make…or don’t make. If you really want a healthy pregnancy and joyful birth, and you truly understand that you are the one in control, then you must examine what you have or haven’t done so far to create the outcome you want.” Kim Wildner-Mother’s Intention: How Belief Shapes Birth