9 Quotes & Sayings By Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin is one of the few midwives in the world who has practiced women's birth for over 40 years. She is the author of Spiritual Midwifery, The Birth House, and Spiritual Midwifery: Reclaiming the Art of Natural Childbirth.

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. Ina May Gaskin
Why should insurance companies continue to get away with limiting...
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? 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Ina May Gaskin