Have you heard of birth affirmation flags, posters, cards and videos?? If you’ve kept up with reading my blog entries, I’m sure you can easily tell at this point that I am a huge advocate for natural childbirth and a woman’s innate ability to give birth to a baby as her body was created to do. Therefore, although this idea of birth affirmations is new to me, I love it!
There are several ways a pregnant mama can immerse herself within the power of birth affirmations. Here are just a few ideas:
- Print a variety of birth affirmations on small index cards. In the days and weeks leading up to your childbirth experience, begin and end your day reading a card to serve as a simple reminder and ease your mind.
- Create a video or slideshow of birth affirmations to watch during the early stages of labor. Here’s a beautiful one from Indigo Midwifery in Albuquerque:
- Print out and make a banner of birth affirmation flags to hang in a visible spot in the room during labor.
- Come up with a list of your favorites and have your hubby or doula read them to you in between contractions.
So as you start to wonder if you can really do it. This thing called childbirth. Pause and think about this:
“300,000 women will be giving birth with you today.
Relax and breathe and do nothing else.
Labor is hard work, it hurts and you can do it.”
If that’s not enough to remind you of your strength and power read through a few of these quotes and affirmations:
“If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished ever moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.” -Irma Bombeck
“For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.” -Psalm 139:13-15
“We are made to do this work and its not easy…I would say that pain is part of the glory, or the tremendous mystery of life. And that if anything, it’s a kind of privilege to stand so close to such an incredible miracle.” -Simone in Klasson 2001
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9
“I think one of the best things we could do would be to help women/parents/families discover their own birth power, from within themselves. And to let them know it’s always been there, they just needed to tap into it.” –John H. Kennell, MD
“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” -Laura Stavoe Harm
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” -Isaiah 40:28-31
“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.” -Virginia Di Orio
“The power and intensity of my contractions cannot be stronger than me, because it is me.”
“From birth I have relied on You; You brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.” -Psalm 71:5-8
“The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve, help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power.” -Heather McCue
“My body knows how to have this baby just as my body knew how to grow this baby.”
“Birth is an easy and natural occurrence for which my body has been perfectly designed.”
And if all of those still aren’t enough to have you convinced, remind yourselves of this simple yet powerful fact… “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” -Philippians 4:13
Your body was made for this very act. And you can do it. Trust me. But more importantly, trust in yourself! ❤