~Ina May Gaskin, from The Spiritual Midwife.
Giving birth is deeply transformative. This process is different for each person, and with every child. When giving birth we tap into the deepest parts of our being, and are challenged beyond what we think is possible. Prospective clients often ask me about my birth philosophy, and it is simple: My birth philosophy is irrelevant to your birth. I am interested in YOUR vision, your priorities, worries, strengths, desires, and hopes. This is what guides me in serving you and caring for you. It is your empowerment and experience I wish to honor, not mine I need to impose on you. I believe in your right to exercise full autonomy in making decisions, and I respect your inner guidance in making those decisions. It is a great honor to become woven into the tapestry of someone's life in such an amazing event as the birth of a child.