There are so many powerful quotes, but this one has really stuck with me:
"Have you never heard anyone speak positively about labor and birth before? If so, you are not alone. One of the best-kept secrets in North American culture is that birth can be ecstatic and strengthening. Ecstatic birth gives inner power and wisdom to the woman who experience it, as you will learn from many of the birth stories told here [in, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth]. Even when women [at The Farm] experience pain in labor, they understand that there are ways of making the sensations of labor and birth tolerable that do not involve numbing the senses alive if they are to experience the true wisdom and power that labor and birth have to offer."― Ina May Gaskin, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
I also feel like this quote really paints a clear picture of what midwifery and Ina May is all about:
“The techno-medical model of maternity care, unlike the midwifery model, is comparatively new on the world scene, having existed for barely two centuries. This male-derived framework for care is a product of the industrial revolution. As anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd has described in detail, underlying the technocratic mode of care of our own time is an assumption that the human body is a machine and that the female body in particular is a machine full of shortcomings and defects. Pregnancy and labor are seen as illnesses, which, in order not to be harmful to mother or baby, must be treated with drugs and medical equipment. Within the techno-medical model of birth, some medical intervention is considered necessary for every birth, and birth is safe only in retrospect.”So far, I feel like the only thing this book doesn't offer is any of the inner-workings or insight of bodily changes leading up to birthing (or maybe it does and that comes later, I'm just not there yet). What it does do is offer a complete look into the world of natural birth and the power of the female body and mind. This is a must read!
― Ina May Gaskin, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth