“Women’s bodies have their own wisdom, and a system of birth refined over 100,000 generations is not so easily overpowered.” Sarah Buckley
“Experiences have clearly shown that an approach which ‘de-medicalises’ birth, restores dignity and humanity to the process of childbirth, and returns control to the mother is also the safest approach.” Michel Odent, MD
“The knowledge about how to give birth is born within every woman: women do not need to be taught how to give birth but rather to have more trust and faith in their own body knowledge.” BirthWorks
“The knowledge of how to give birth without outside interventions lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process.” Anonymous
“Just as a women’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.” Virginia Di Orio
“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.” Ina May Gaskin
“It is important to keep in mind that our bodies must work pretty well, or there wouldn’t be so many humans on the planet.” Ina May Gaskin, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
“Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her… She is never alone.” Suzanne Arms
“…Respecting the woman as an important and valuable human being and making certain that the woman’s experience while giving birth is fulfilling and empowering is not just a nice extra, it is absolutely essential as it makes the woman strong and therefore makes society strong.” Marsden Wagner
“My baby is healthy and innately knows when to begin labor. My body knows how to birth by instinct. My mind has released all fears and trusts birth. I am enjoying this process and growing through it all.” Mrs. BWF
“The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.” Heather McCue
“For far too many women pregnancy and birth is something that happens to them rather than something they set out consciously and joyfully to do themselves.” Sheila Kitzinger
“The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety.” Sarah Buckley
“Although the popularly desired outcome is ‘healthy mother, healthy baby,’ I think there is room in that equation for ‘happy, non-traumatized, empowered and elated mother and baby.’” Midwifery Today
“No other natural bodily function is painful and childbirth should not be an exception”. Grantley Dick-Read, M.D.
Ten Moons is an Independent Midwifery Practice providing Midwifery Care and Homebirth services to families in Melbourne and surrounding areas. The birth of a child is a unique, powerful and natural event, and we are passionate about empowering women to confidently work in harmony with their own wonderful bodies and the finely orchestrated natural processes that spontaneously take place during pregnancy and birth.
Ten Moons personal midwifery care is the first and only midwifery practice in Australia to be assessed and registered as complying with the requirements of the International Standard ISO 9001:2008 for the Provision of Private Midwifery Care Including Antenatal, Intrapartum and Postnatal Care.
We ensure that care is provided by appropriately qualified professionals and, through ongoing training and an annually reviewed Quality Management System, staff remain aware of the latest developments in their field and have adequate resources to conduct services safely and effectively.