Birth Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old birth quotes, birth sayings, and birth proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Birth is not only about making babies. It's about making mothers~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength.     

Barbara Katz Rothman

Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.     

William MacNeile Dixon

Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defense, and as courageous as either one.     

Gloria Steinem

The instant of birth is exquisite. Pain and joy are one at this moment. Ever after, the dim recollection is so sweet that we speak to our children with a gratitude they never understand.     

Madline Tiger

The Knowledge of how to give birth without outside interventions lies deep within each woman.     

Suzanne Arms

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.     

Erich Fromm

Good birth is a fine thing, but the merit is our ancestors.     


Birth is a shipwreck, the mewling infant shored on unknown land.     

Jeanette Winterson

The birth of all things is weak and tender; and therefore we should have our eyes intent on beginnings.     

Michel de Montaigne

As the births of living creatures at first are ill-shapen, so are all innovations, which are the births of time.     

Francis Bacon

The so-called miracle of birth is nature getting her own way.     

Camille Paglia

What is birth to a man if it shall be a stain to his dead ancestors to have left such an offspring?     

Philip Sidney

How you approach birth is intimately connected with how you approach life.     

William Sears

Birth is as safe as life gets.     


Birth isn't something we suffer, but something we actively do and exult in.     

Sheila Kitzinger

Prevention of birth is a precipitation of murder.     


Birth is a beautiful thing.     

Julian Casablancas

Birth is the doorway for integration of body and mind.     

Gayle Peterson

Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.     

Marcie Macari

Birth is a rite of passage of women. Their journey should be honored, their rights should be fiercely protected, and their stories should be shared.     

Marcie Macari

Birth is a three legged stool, a healthy mom, a healthy baby and a healthy birth. Without ANY one leg, it is equally unstable!     

Sharon Muza

birth is the pinnacle where women discover the courage to become mothers     

Anita Diamant

Birth is about radical, creative, life-affirming change. It is about adaptation on a nearly unbelievable scale.     

Mark Sloan

Birth is a mystery. Words are not enough.     

Marie O'Connor

Birth matters. It brings us into being, on many levels.     

Ananda Lowe

Birth is the epicenter of women's power.     

Ani DiFranco

Birth may be a matter of a moment, but it is a unique one.     

Frederick Leboyer

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting. Not in entire forgetfulness, and not in utter nakedness, but trailing clouds of glory do we come.     

William Wordsworth

Birth: The first and direst of all disasters.     

Ambrose Bierce

Birth may bring you face-to-face with your insecurities, doubts, inadequacies and fears, as well as your joy, determination, willingness and courage.     

The Pink Kit