Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Birth is Priestess Work

"Giving birth is priestess work; it requires a woman to pass through a painful and dangerous initiation in which she journeys to the threshold between worlds and risks her own life to help another soul cross over."

Jalaja Bonhein
Aphrodite's Daughters

This is one of my favorite birthing quotes, because it equates birth as a spiritual journey and as an initiation. When women truly surrender to the birthing process during active labor and transition, they often enter a trance-like state where nothing outside the process exists. It's amazing to witness, and absolutely empowering to experience! Birth is such a sacred moment. Not only is there the birth of a new life, but also the birth of a new mother.

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