I printed up these quotes, glued them to cardstock (with cute paper) and then laminated them and hung them on keyrings as a thank you for my doula mentors. Here they are in case you need some inspiration!
We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong. -Laura Stavoe Harm
Birth is a rite of passage of women. Their journey should be honored, their rights should be fiercely protected, and their stories should be shared. - Marcie Macari
"Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers ~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength." - Barbara Katz Rothman
There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation. -Pamela Nadav
"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
Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don't only give your care, but give your heart as well. - Mother Teresa
I praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. - Ps. 139:14
A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child,
she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
- John 16:21
All truth passes through three stages
1st it is ridiculous
2nd it is violently opposed
3rd it is accepted as self evident.
- Arthur Schopehauer(1788-1860)
Just as a woman's heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth. - Virginia Di Orio
A woman in Birth is at once her most powerful, and most vulnerable. But any woman who has birthed unhindered understands that we are stronger than we know. -- Marcie Macari
Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through Birth. -- Marcie Macari
Let choice murmur in your ear And love murmur in your heart. Be ready... here comes life. - Maya Angelou
A new baby is like the beginning of all things - Wonder, Hope, a dream of possibilities. - Edna J. Le Shan
Before you were conceived I wanted you Before you were born I loved you Before you were here for an hour I would have died for you This is the miracle of life.
Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. - Henry Ward Beecher
Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever-fresh and radiant possibility. - Kate Doulgas Wiggin
I love these little people and it is no slight thing that they, who are so fresh from God, love us. - Charles Dickens
Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body. - Elizabeth Stone
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.