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Women's bodies have near-perfect knowledge of childbirth; it's when their brains get involved that things can go wrong.


In the best of all possible worlds, childbirth enriches a marriage. In the worst, it harms it. No matter how good their marriage is, most couples find that having a baby challenges their relationship.

JEAN MARZOLLO, Your Maternity Leave

Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware ... To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory. She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon.

GRANTLY DICK-READ, Childbirth Without Fear

Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.

GLORIA STEINEM, Ms. Magazine, April 1981

Natural childbirth allows the hormones that have been working for women for thousands of years to fulfill their functions. This is more important than just helping a woman through labor and delivery. Birth-related hormones also affect well-being much later in life.

JANET SCHWEGEL, Adventures in Natural Childbirth

I think I began to fear childbirth almost as soon as I could understand what it was. I would hear women's horror stories that always seemed to have a fish tale quality to them, and I would question whether or not this was a club I wanted to join one day.

ROBIN JOHNSON, Janet Schwegel's Adventures in Natural Childbirth

It is unheard-of, uncivilized barbarism that any woman should still be forced to bear such monstrous torture. It should be remedied. It should be stopped. It is simply absurd that, with our modern science, painless childbirth does not exist as a matter of course.... I tremble with indignation when I think of ... the unspeakable egotism and blindness of men of science who permit such atrocities when they can be remedied.


Childbirth was probably easier for most women in early cultures, especially in hunter-gatherer societies, where everyone was accustomed to physical labor and supple and fit from daily activity.

SUZANNE ARMS, Immaculate Deception II

In achieving the depersonalization of childbirth and at the same time solving the problem of pain, our society may have lost more than it has gained. We are left with the physical husk; the transcending significance has been drained away. In doing so, we have reached the goal which is perhaps implicit in all highly developed technological cultures, mechanized control of the human body and the complete obliteration of all disturbing sensations.

SHEILA KITZINGER, Women as Mothers

Because they've either conveniently forgotten with time or they're trying to be supportive, most mothers won't tell you how hard pregnancy (and then childbirth) can be. Let me tell you, it is. It's brutal sometimes! But, if I did it, ANYONE can do it. I mean, I always knew I was meant to do something really BIG in life, and now I know that this was it. Screw winning an Academy Award someday ... I GAVE BIRTH!


Childbirth is a time when a woman's power and strength emerge full force, but it is also a vulnerable time, and a time of many changes presenting opportunities for personal growth.

ANNEMARIE VAN OPLOO, Janet Schwegel's Adventures in Natural Childbirth

Childbirth provided the drama I craved, the thrill of peeking over the primal edge of creation, the rush of the unexpected.


While many couples hope that a baby will bring them great happiness, this may occur only if they are able to overcome childbirth's multiple challenges. When they fail, so may their marriages ... Childbirth, after all, turns life upside down. Whereas previously the couple had to nurture only each other, now they are part of a triad. Their entire balance of forces must be recast. Furthermore, this must be negotiated at a time of sleep deprivation, physical exhaustion, and economic pressure. No wonder couples have difficulty.

HILARY HOGE, Women's Stories of Divorce at Childbirth

I have personally come to believe that childbirth is a blessing to women sent straight from God. I mean, in its purest form, birth is the most fantastic orgasm married with a miracle! What more heavenly gift could there be?

LAURIE ANNIS MORGAN, The Power of Pleasurable Childbirth


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