“In the first place, I wish and desire all midwives
not to bee too forward, or too officious
in their undertakings, least that they disquiet
nature, whose only work it is, and I would
have them to understand, that they bee but
nature’s servants in all motion, hereafter shall
be shewed … And let all midwives bee assured,
that it is not their labours, in pulling, and
haling their women’s bodies, that causeth deliver.
But that it is the work of Dame nature…”Dr Percivall Willughby, MD (1596–1685)
You are a midwife.
You are assisting at someone else’s birth
Do good without show or fuss.
Facilitate what is happening
rather than what you think
ought to be happening.
If you must, take the lead.
Lead so that the mother is helped,
yet still free and in charge.
When the babe is born
the mother will rightly say,
“We did it ourselves”
Tao Te Ching, 5th Century B.C.