"Birth matters...
it matters because it is the way we all begin our lives
outside of our source, our mother's bodies.
It's the means from which we enter and feel
our first impression of the wider world.
For each mother it is an event that shakes
and shapes her to her innermost core.
Women's perceptions about their bodies
and their babies' capabilities
will be deeply influenced by the care they receive
around the time of birth."   


-Ina May Gaskin