Trusting Women

I love collecting quotes about birth and the power of women in birth.

The following caught my eye in someone’s email signature recently:

“We must relearn to trust the feminine, to trust women and their bodies as authoritative regarding the children they carry and the way they must birth them. When women and their families make their own decisions during pregnancy, when they realize their own wisdom regarding birth and its place in their lives, they have a foundation of confidence and sensitivity that will not desert them as parents.”

~ Elizabeth Davis, certified professional midwife (CPM)

This one is from a book I love called Transformation Through Birth:

“There are many women who delivered their children naturally who swear by [a specific birthing method]. It is sad to see so many women credit a technique rather than themselves and their own inner resources for their birthing experiences. Women who birth joyfully do so because of who they are, what they believe, and how they live.” (emphasis mine)

4 thoughts on “Trusting Women

  1. That last quote is good and interesting, mostly because of the last part.

    “Women who birth joyfully do so because of who they are, what they believe, and how they live”

    I think that is one reason why for ME hypnosis helped me have the birth I wanted. It helped change what I believed.

    After my first birth, bedrest, Preterm labor, emergency cesarean at 34 weeks, I didn’t believe my body could carry a baby full term, deliver vaginally… but with hypnosis I was able to change my beliefs about my body and birth.

    So, while I think it is possible for many women to birth joyfully without certain programs. For moms who need extra help changing their beliefs about birth, Hypnobabies is a great tool to help with that!

  2. I LOVE the final part of the quote. It is so meaningful. I also firmly believe that a good birth education series can help women develop that trust in her inner resources, so that she is able to birth in concert with what she believes and how she lives.

    I’ve started asking women in my classes to share with me their “inner image” of labor. I do so because I’ve noticed that the women who seem to have a strong inner image of “screaming” and being in “unbearable pain” and “freaking out,” seem to end up with birth experiences that mirror those expectations, even with all of the work and preparation we do in class. I like to “get out that inner image and look at it” during class, so see how their inner image of coping might blossom into an image of greeting labor with confidence and joy.

    The book I was quoting was written in the 70’s and was referring to a specific system of patterned breathing that isn’t no longer taught in that same way. So, I took out the “pointing a finger” at a specific method. I think it can be a helpful reminder to return the power of birth to the woman herself in all situations–I’m thinking of “I couldn’t do it without you” scenarios here (or, “I couldn’t have done it without my midwife,” my doula, my friend, my husband, etc…”).

  3. Hey the first one is from my email signature! I feel special 🙂 Elizabeth Davis is so wise! And I too LOVE the second quote! I will have to put that book on my long list of must-reads!

  4. Yes, thanks for the inspiration, Halley!

    Transformation Through Birth is a really awesome book. It is on the “older” side, but it has SO much to offer and it really “goes beyond” the average birth book into the psychological and emotional side of pregnancy and birthing. It is one of my all-time favorite birth books. Really meaningful and transformative.

    Molly 🙂

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