I came across this quote awhile ago, but apologize as I don't remember where I found it. I thought this was an interesting idea about how birth is really the birth of both the mother and the baby.
In this life, we do all sorts of changing and learning and growing. I feel like there is nothing, though, that compares with the change we go through as we delve into motherhood. Nothing so completely takes over your life, or so completely changes your ideas of what joy and sorrow are. As I remember my own births and the births of the women I take care of, I recognize this as a time of transformation. This is where we begin the process of discovering what motherhood really means to us.