Your mind is often an overlooked tool you have during labor. For some women, the biggest challenge of giving birth is “moving out of the way” of their bodies, and allowing them to do their work. Giving up control in your mind and letting your bodies take over is not a muscle that we exercise very often. Birth Affirmations are a powerful way to train your mind to step out of the way of your body, and many women attest to their effectiveness in creating smoother, shorter, and less challenging labors. Birth affirmations are a way to encourage yourself or to be encouraged by your birth team before and during labor. Affirmations can be as simple or as elaborate as you would like them to be. They can be written out, read aloud, painted, drawn, hung on walls or written on mirrors. Women can make the affirmations themselves, have them made by family and friends at a Blessingway or baby shower, or purchase them online.
Affirmations can be anything that inspires you or encourages you to believe in yourself and your ability to birth your baby. They can be simple sentences, statements, song lyrics, poems, quotes, bible verses, or even a single word. Some women make a list of things to be read aloud to them while they labor, some post notecards on their bathroom mirror and some make flags or signs to hang in their labor space when the time comes.
Ideas for Affirmations:
TCM: Birth Affirmation Images, check out these sweet images made by one of our TCM mamas.
Blooma Love Notes: Check out this fun blog by Blooma for more affirmation ideas and images.
The Birth Story of Violet Jane: This TCM mama wrote her birth story and incorporated some of her favorite affirmations into it.
That Mama Gretchen Blog: This lovely lady come up with a month of affirmations and compiled it into a list she then shared on her blog. Here are a few examples:
“300,000 women will be giving birth with you today.”
“I set aside my worries and I allow my body to do its job.”
“My baby’s size is perfect for my body.”
“My baby is coming to meet me at exactly the right time, in exactly the right way.”
“My body opens, my mind quiets, my baby descends”
Options for Purchasing Affirmations:
Birth Without Fear: Set of 10 Affirmation Cards by January Harshe $15-$20
HearthMagic Etsy Shop: Set of 8 Digital Copies of Affirmations $8
The Fairy Wood Etsy Shop: Soften, Open, Release: A Coloring Book of Affirmations $12