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"I have a bold idea, a revolution of sorts - but the time has come, the supporters are standing strong and we are ready to move! FORWARD!"
~ Jennie Joseph
“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.”
"In the first volujme of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1929), Joseph De Lee MD described childbirth as a pathologic process from which few escape damage and urged routine use of forceps, episiotomy, and ansesthesia. Dr. De Lee believed that childbirth was not a normal function and that midwives had no place at a birth. He proposed a program of active control over labor and birth, attempting to prevent problems through a routine of intervention that included sedation for labor, anesthesia for birth, episiotomies, forceps deliveries, placental extractions and oxytocics to help the uterus contract. All of these interventions became routine for hospital births. The training of obstetricians emphasized the worst-case scenarios possible, and the task of delivery rather than the process of supporting a woman through normal labor and birth."
~ Celeste R. Phillips, RN
Family Centered Maternity Care (2003)
“...the total number of pregnancies in which powerful and dangerous drugs are used is 60 percent, or nearly two-thirds of all births. It is ridiculous to think that two-thirds of American women have such lousy uteruses that they must be whipped into shape with drugs in order to have babies.”
~Marsden Wagner, Born in the USA:
How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed
to Put Women and Children First
A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.
~ Grantly Dick-Read.
"There isn't a question that interventions have saved lives. But here is the problem, in normal birthing women...less than 10% of women will get into trouble. So when you apply the same standards to the 90% that are going to birth normally that you do to the 10% that won't birth normally, then you're going to impede and screw up the normal process of labor for the healthy ones."
~Christiane Northrup, MD
"A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall, but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again.
~ author unknown
"Birth is as safe as life gets."
~ Harriette Hartigan
By changing nothing, nothing changes.
~Tony Robbins, motivational speaker
“I would say in obstetrics you are numbed by the technology. Your ability to understand the more sacred and spiritual aspects of birthing is extremely numbed.”
–Dr. Eden Fromberg, OB/GYN (in The Business of Being Born)
In the present day there is Cytotec, a drug originally developed in the 1980s to treat stomach ulcers and now more commonly called by its generic name, misoprostol. Prominently on the drug label the manufacturer warned that it was not to be used by pregnant women because its big side effect is severe uterine contractions. Instead of heeding that warning, shortly after it was introduced for ulcers, hospitals all over the country started using it to induce labor. Cytotic, unlike Pitocin drip, cannot be easily dialed down or scaled back. Cytotec is also cheaper than Pitocin.
~Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
Your Best Birth
Birth is a women's issue; birth is a power issue.
~ Dr. Sarah Buckley
gentle birth, gentle mothering