The other day I took my young friend--whose birth I am helping with--to the birth center where she plans to have her baby. The midwife, while showing her the birth pool, stated that recent research show that women experience 70% less pain while birthing in water. I don't know if there is any way to really know that, but since how we think about birth can be so easily influenced, it might be a good thing to tell women. The battle is in the mind. Ina May tells pregnant women, "Don't listen to bad birth stories." We need our own uplifting sayings to counter what our culture has done to women's minds. Does anyone have especially nice counter birth culture words they use for empowering women?