“When the apple is ripe, it will fall.”
– Margaret Charles Smith, midwife
“Birth goes best if it is not intruded upon by strange people and strange events. It goes best when a woman feels safe enough and free enough to abandon herself to the process.”
– Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman, A Midwife’s Story
Have you ever heard an old-forgotten song or smelled a familiar smell and found yourself thinking of a particular place or time? Stimulating your senses of touch, taste, sight, sound, and smell can be a powerful way to focus or distract your mind.
“Do not force nature, do not insult it, for it is as if you were to open the ears of corn to make the stalks grow.”
– Chinese Medical Review (1852)
Can you see a little arm or leg moving about when baby stretches?