I just came across this quote in a Midwifery Today Newsletter. I think it states so eloquently who I aim to be for my clients at their births.
"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.'"
— Lao Tzu, in Tao Te Ching