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By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Why in the world do the insurance companies get to be the boss of birth? That's what I want to know.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Why should nutrition matter less in the creation of young humans than it does in young plants? I'm sure that it doesn't.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

It would be a mistake, though, to consider care by family doctors or midwives inferior to that offered by obstetricians simply on the grounds that obstetricians need not refer care to a family physician or midwife if no complications develop during a course of labor.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

I dreaded having a boring life when I grew up. And I certainly can't complain about being bored.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Gardeners know that you must nourish the soil if you want healthy plants. You must water the plants adequately, especially when seeds are germinating and sprouting, and they should be planted in a nutrient-rich soil. Why should nutrition matter less in the creation of young humans than it does in young plants? I'm sure that it doesn't.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

The problem is that doctors today often assume that something mysterious and unidentified has gone wrong with labor or that the woman's body is somehow "inadequate" - what I call the "woman's body as a lemon" assumption. For a variety of reasons, a lot of women have also come to believe that nature made a serious mistake with their bodies. This belief has become so strong in many that they give in to pharmaceutical or surgical treatments when patience and recognition of the normality and harmlessness of the situation would make for better health for them and their babies and less surgery and technological intervention in birth. Most women need encouragement and companionship more than they need drugs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

It's easy to scare women. It's even profitable to scare women... But it's not nice, so let's stop it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Many of our problems in US maternity care stem from the fact that we leave no room for recognizing when nature is smarter than we are.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

I think that women can be just completely surprised by the change in them from giving birth-you have something powerful in you-that fierce thing comes up-and I think babies need moms to have that fierceness-you feel like you can do anything and that’s the feeling we want moms to have.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

I have never observed even the slightest laceration in a woman who used clitoral stimulation as a relaxation method during birth. Clitoral stimulation seems to increase vaginal engorgement as the baby emerges.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

The Creator is not a careless mechanic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Why should insurance companies continue to get away with limiting the skills that a health profession has always previously required of its members if they were to be considered fully trained?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Remember this, for it is as true as 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 as 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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Pregnant and birthing mothers are elemental forces, in the same sense that gravity, thunderstorms, earthquakes, and hurricanes are elemental forces. In order to understand the laws of their energy flow, you have to love and respect them for their magnificence at the same time that you study them with the accuracy of a true scientist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Let your monkey do it.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Mother's milk is soul food for babies. The babies of the world need a lot more soul food.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Breast stimulation is especially effective in starting labor at term when it is combined with sexual intercourse. Unless your partner is an abysmally poor lover, this combination is by far the most enjoyable method of induction.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

When we as a society begin to value mothers as the givers and supporters of life, then we will see social change in ways that matter.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

The suckling relationship is one of the sources of real sweetness that we have in human existence...The suckling baby can teach adults about the expression of sweet love and gratitude in a way no words can.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Where the techno-medical model of birth reigns, women who give birth vaginally generally labor in bed hooked up to electronic fetal monitors, intravenous tubes, and pressure-reading devices. Eating and drinking in labor are usually not permitted. Labor pain within this model is seen as unacceptable, so analgesia, and anesthesia are encouraged. Episiotomies (the surgical cut to enlarge the vaginal opening) are routinely performed, out of a belief that birth over an intact perineum would be impossible or that, if possible, it might be harmful to mother or baby. Instead of being the central actor of the birth drama, the woman becomes a passive, almost inert object - representing a barrier to the baby's eventual passage to the outside world. Women are treated as a homogenous group within the medical model, with individual variations receding in importance.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

If a woman doesn't look like a Goddess during labor, then someone isn't treating her right.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Ask the woman, she will tell you everything you need to know

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Don't criticize nature, stand in awe of it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Only rarely do doctors in training have the opportunity to sit continuously with laboring women for hours. Most are taught to intervene in the normal process so often and so early that they have never witnessed a normal labor and birth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

The way a culture treats women in birth is a good indicator of how well women and their contributions to society are valued and honored.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

It will take your breastfed baby an average of five to six months to double her birth weight.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Squat 300 times a day, you’re going to give birth quickly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Birth Matters... It matters because it is the way we all begin our lives outside of our source, our mother's bodies. It's the means from which we enter and feel our first impression of the wider world. For each mother, it is an event that shakes and shapes her to her innermost core. Women's perceptions about their bodies and their babies' capabilities will be deeply influenced by the care they receive around the time of birth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

When you cast doubt on some bodily function- you don't know how sensitive the body is to that kind of idea.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

A society that places a low value on its mothers and the process of birth will suffer an array of negative repercussions for doing so. Good beginnings make a positive difference in the world, so it is worth our while to provide the best possible care for mothers and babies throughout this extraordinarily influential part of life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

The human species is no more unsuited to give birth than any other of the 5,000 or so species of mammals on the planet. We are merely the most confused.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

We are the only species of mammal that doubts our ability to give birth. It's profitable to scare women about birth. But let's stop it. I tell women: Your body is not a lemon.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

When you destroy midwives, you also destroy a body of knowledge that is shared by women, that can’t be put together by a bunch of surgeons or a bunch of male obstetricians, because physiologically, birth doesn’t happen the same way around surgeons, medically trained doctors, as it does around sympathetic women.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

When a child is born, the entire Universe has to shift and make room. Another entity capable of free will, and therefore capable of becoming God, has been born.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Simply put, when there is no home birth in a society, or when home birth is driven completely underground, essential knowledge of women’s capacities in birth is lost to the people of that society—to professional caregivers, as well as to the women of childbearing age themselves.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

It is important to keep in mind that our bodies must work pretty well, or their wouldn't be so many humans on the planet.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

My midwife partners and I at the The Farm learned by observation and experience that the presence of even one person who is not exquisitely attuned to the mother's feelings can stop some women's labors. All women are sensitive. Some women are extraordinarily so. We learned this truth by observing many labors stop or slow down when someone entered the birth room who was not intimate with the laboring mother's feelings. If that person then left the room, labor usually returned to its former pace or intensity.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Stories teach us in ways we can remember. They teach us that each woman responds to birth in her unique way and how very wide-ranging that way can be. Sometimes they teach us about silly practices once widely held that were finally discarded. They teach us the occasional difference between accepted medical knowledge and the real bodily experiences that women have - including those that are never reported in medical textbooks nor admitted as possibilities in the medical world. They also demonstrate the mind/body connection in a way that medical studies cannot. Birth stories told by women who were active participants in giving birth often express a good deal of practical wisdom, inspiration, and information for other women. Positive stories shared by women who have had wonderful childbirth experiences are an irreplaceable way to transmit knowledge of a woman's true capacities in pregnancy and birth.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Touch is the most basic, the most nonconceptual form of communication that we have. In touch there are no language barriers; anything that can walk, fly, creep, crawl, or swim already speaks it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

I think midwifery was developed by people with common sense, people who were close to nature, and people who observed other species of mammals and saw that there were lessons there to be learned.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

What I love about stories the most is the power they have to teach us of possibilities that might not occur to us without them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Don't forget to bring your sense of humor to your labor.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

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.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Optimum functioning of our various sphincters is easier to obtain when we understand how to better accommodate our thoughts to the needs of our bottoms. I often say that our bottom parts function best when our top part - our minds - are either grateful or amused at the antics or activities of our bottoms. It is amazing how much better our bottoms work when we think of them with humor and affection rather than with terror, revulsion, or, worst of all, look away from them in shame. Lord knows, we can't turn our backs on our bottoms.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

It's good to laugh at times that feel inappropriate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

If birth matters, midwives matter. In Europe, there are hospitals where the cesarean rate is less than 10%, and you'll find midwives in these hospitals, you'll see a lot less re-admissions with infections and complications, and you'll see a lot less injury to mothers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ina May Gaskin

Nothing in medical literature today communicates the idea that women's bodies are well-designed for birth. Ignorance of the capacities of women's bodies can flourish and quickly spread into the popular culture when the medical profession is unable to distinguish between ancient wisdom and superstitious belief.