Top Ten Ina May Gaskin Quotes

Ina MayWe would like to honor Ina May Gaskin and her amazing work for midwives with what we think are her top ten midwifery quotes of all time:

1.)  “It is important to keep in mind that our bodies must work pretty well, or there wouldn’t be so many humans on the planet.”

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

 
3.)  “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.”

 
4.)  “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.”

 
5.)  “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.”

 
6.)  “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.”

 
7.)  “If a woman doesn’t look like a goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right.”

 
8.)  “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.”

 

9.)  “Choosing where and how you will give birth is one of the most important preparations you can make for a good breastfeeding experience.”

 

10.)  “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.”

 

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