things i learned about childbirth: my labor and birth affirmations list

For the last post in my mini series on labor tools that I believe may help me, I am going to discuss my labor and birth affirmations list. Both my doula and my childbirth class instructor suggested compiling a list of birth affirmations to help me during difficult parts of my labor — or even before, during pregnancy. In fact, I chose three that resonated with me and I felt weren’t particularly specific to labor itself (for example, I don’t want to focus now on anything involving my cervix opening up!) and posted them in three places I am often (on my bathroom mirror, my cube wall at work, and on my iPhone’s background.) These three are:

  • I am a strong and capable woman
  • I accept myself completely here and now
  • I am completely relaxed and comfortable

I have looked at these affirmations so much I can honestly say they are pretty well ingrained in my head now, and I imagine I could easily call upon them during a time of struggle. There are so many birth affirmations to choose from (try googling them — I bet you come up with a ton of options!) and it’s important to choose ones that resonate with YOU. These are the ones (along with the three I listed above) that resonated with me:

  • I can feel my body opening up like a flower
  • Every surge brings my baby closer to me
  • This is a healthy, positive pain that I can handle
  • I allow my body’s natural anesthesia to flow through my body
  • Inhale peace, exhale tension
  • I have the energy and stamina to birth my baby
  • Today is the day I have been waiting so patiently for
  • I am not afraid
  • I trust my body to know how to birth this child
  • The power of my contractions cannot be stronger than me, because it is me

I think the power of our thoughts is an amazing thing, and by allowing peaceful, powerful thoughts such as the ones above to dominate your thoughts regarding your labor and delivery I believe it can do nothing but help. Most of all, I am thankful for an amazing team in my husband, midwives, and doula. I know we’ve assembled the right team to bring our daughter safely into the world, and for that I am so thankful.

I hope these posts have helped you think about what might help you during your labor and delivery. As always, all my best wishes go out to you!

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One thought on “things i learned about childbirth: my labor and birth affirmations list

  1. Anything that helps you makes a positive affirmation!
    I really liked:
    “My body knows how to birth this baby. My baby knows how to be born.”
    “Every moment brings me closer to my baby.”
    And
    “Now, I never have to do that contraction again.”

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