Midwife Sayings and Quotes

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


Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.     

Robin Lim

In all cultures, the midwife's place is on the threshold of life, where intense human emotions, fear, hope, longing, triumph, and incredible physical power-enable a new human being to emerge. Her vocation is unique.     

Sheila Kitzinger

Adversity is the midwife of genius.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

A lonely autumn leaf on the road by sticking to another one becomes more resistant to harsh winds. Unity is the midwife of security!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

The expert is a midwife. The expert is not someone who has the authority to pronounce the last word on the subject.     

Philip Kitcher

Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains.     

Alain De Botton

Pain is God's midwife, that helps some virtue into existence.      

Henry Ward Beecher

Prayer is the midwife of mercy, that helps to bring it forth.      

Matthew Henry

Working with the dying is like being a midwife for this great rite of passage of death. Just as a midwife helps a being take their first breath, you help a being take their last breath.     

Ram Dass

The midwife considers the miracle of childbirth as normal, and leaves it alone unless there's trouble. The obstetrician normally sees childbirth as trouble; if he leaves it alone, it's a miracle.     

Sheila Stubbs

It's not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers that midwives see as the miracle of birth.     

Barbara Katz Rothman

The greatest privilege of a human life is to become a midwife to the awakening of the Soul in another person.     

Plato

Grief is the midwife of your capacity to be immensely grateful for being born.     

Stephen Jenkinson

Necessity is the mother of invention, it is true -- but it's father is creativity, and knowledge is the midwife.      

Jonathan Schattke

One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action --the ability to pass directly from thought to action.      

Eric Hoffer

The listener is the midwife in the difficult birth of the word.     

Meša Selimović

The midwife knows that when there is no pain, the way for the baby cannot be opened and the mother cannot give birth. Likewise, for a new Self to be born, hardship is necessary.     

Elif Shafak

There is a certain justice in criticism. The critic is like a midwife - a tyrannical midwife.     

Stephen Spender

No times were more dangerous than when our country was born, when revolution was our midwife.     

Daniel Inouye

Meditation is the womb of our actions; action the midwife of our meditations.     

Arthur Warwick

The one seeks a midwife to deliver his thoughts, the other, someone to assist: thus a good conversation comes into being.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Whoever heard of a midwife as a literary heroine? Yet midwifery is the very stuff of drama. Every child is conceived either in love or lust, is born in pain, followed by joy or sometimes remorse. A midwife is in the thick of it, she sees it all.     

Jennifer Worth

Genetic engineering is the midwife of a brave new world of environmentally-engineered plagues totally unimaginable in the past. From an evolutionary view, these developments may be the last round.     

Michio Kushi

Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one.     

Karl Marx

Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife.     

Johannes Kepler

Poets are the mad midwives to reality. They see not what is, nor what can be, but what must become.     

Dan Simmons

How does your experience of one sense affect all the others? In addition to being the conduits of pleasure and pain, your senses are the midwives of intelligence.     

Michael J. Gelb

Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.     

John Dewey

We are meant to midwife dreams for one another. Success occurs in clusters.     

Julia Cameron