Quotes of Childbirth

“ Death and taxes and childbirth! There's never any convenient time for any of them! ”

- Margaret Mitchell

“ I like trying I'm not so sure about childbirth. ”

- Lauren Holly

“ It is somehow reassuring to discover that the word "travel" is derived from "travail," denoting the pains of childbirth. ”

- Jessica Mitford

“ I have always wanted to act ever since I was a little girl. I would put a blanket under my shirt and pretend that I was pregnant. Then, I would go through childbirth. ”

- Dakota Fanning

“ I once heard two ladies going on and on about the pains of childbirth and how men don't seem to know what real pain is. I asked if either of them ever got themselves caught in a zipper. ”

- Emo Philips

“ Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it. ”

- Andrea Dworkin

“ Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing. ”

- Norman Mailer

“ Back in the days when men were hunters and chest beaters and women spent their whole lives worrying about pregnancy or dying in childbirth, they often had to be taken against their will. Men complained that women were cold, unresponsive, frigid. They wanted their women wanton… ”

- Erica Jong

“ Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving… ”

- Edna Ferber

“ The suburban housewife — she was the dream image of the young American women and the envy, it was said, of women all over the world. The American housewife — freed by science and labor-saving appliances from the drudgery, the dangers of childbirth, and the illnesses of her grandmother had found true feminine fulfillment. ”

- Betty Friedan
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