I have several friends that are due with me in December. Sweet babies all around. I am over the moon about all of these sweet little lives waiting to come earthside. I visited my midwives today and I am OFFICIALLY IN MY 3RD TRIMESTER, at a whopping 29 weeks. It is going by so quickly for us.
Here are few quotes that I want to share with my pregnant Mama friends (known friends and unknown) for encouragement and love:
Cara Muhlhahn, CNM- "A woman doesn't really need to be rescued. It's not the place for a knight in shining armor. It's the place for her to face her darkest moment and lay claim to her victory."
For God hath not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~2Timothy 1:7
Rain, after all is only rain; it is not bad weather. So also, pain is only pain; unless we resist it, then it becomes torment. ~I Ching
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Life only demands from you the strength you possess. ~David Hammarskjold
We’ve put birth in the same category with illness and disease and it’s never belonged there. Birth is naturally safe, but we’ve allowed it to be taken over by the medical community.~Carla Hartley, founder of Trust Birth and the Ancient Art of Midwifery Institute (I LOVE CARLA HARTLEY, BY THE WAY)
The greatest danger arises from ruthless application of partial knowledge on a vast scale. ~E. F. Schumacher
If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birthing. ~Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg
If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished ever moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.~Irma Bombeck
What's done to children, they will do to society. ~Karl Menninger
In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle, the miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other, the tranquil sky reflected on the face of the mother nursing her child. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The beauty of my body is not measured by the size of the clothes it can fit into, but by the stories that it tells. I have a belly and hips that say, "We grew a child in here," and breasts that say, "We nourished life." My hands, with bitten nails and a writer's callus, say, "We create amazing things." ~Sarah, from I Am Beautiful: A Celebration of Women in Their Own Words
Having a highly trained obstetrical surgeon attend a normal birth is analogous to having a pediatric surgeon babysit a healthy 2-year-old.~ M. Wagner
We must give women the opportunity to challenge their fears, work with them, and birth through them. Not only will this change each woman, it will change the political and medical climate in which they make these choices. ~Connee L. Pike-Urlacher
The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety. ~Sarah Buckley
Women's strongest feelings [in terms of their birthings], positive and negative, focus on the way they were treated by their caregivers. ~Annie Kennedy & Penny Simkin
We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong. ~Laura Stavoe Harm
The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you. ~Unknown
There is no way out of the experience except through it, because it is not really your experience at all but the baby's. Your body is the child's instrument of birth. ~Penelope Leach
The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process. ~Suzanne Arms
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
"Midwives are what The Grandmother's have prayed for"
Much love Mamas and Papas everywhere!