I found a beautiful quote posted on Denver Doula's Facebook page.
"As mothers we must learn to be flexible, for the rigid tree breaks in the windstorms of life. In birth we are utterly taken apart. In this way God guarantees that we emerge anew. This is how Mother Nature builds a new mother, by first burning down our pre-existing lives. The survival of this precious being you hold close today depends upon your undoing."
-Robin Lim via Harmony Miller
No truer statement can be said about birth. Letting go of our bodies, our preconcieved ideas and our inhibitions is essential to the process. Not just the birth process but the process of mothering itself.