Pregnancy and Birth Affirmations

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 mind is the greatest tool you have during labor. For many 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 our mind and letting our bodies take over a process is not a muscle that we exercise very often. A few examples might be running a marathon, meditating, or powering through a challenging yoga class. 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.

 

First, here is a great Birth Affirmations video from Indigo Midwifery in Albuquerque, which can be a great way to sit down and spend ten minutes of focused meditation each day.

 

Next, here is a list of some of my favorite birth affirmations. You can print them out during pregnancy and read them each day when you wake up in the morning or go to sleep at night. You can read the whole list, or choose just a couple each day to focus your intention on. You can also read them during labor, or have your partner or doula read them to you through contractions.

 

  • Don’t think of it as pain. Think of it as an interesting sensation that requires all of your attention. ~Ina Mae Gaskin, Spiritual Midwifery
  • I am a strong and capable woman. I trust my instincts to know what I need for my labor.
  • I surrender with confidence.
  • The strength of my uterine contractions is a sign of my feminine strength.
  • I have grown this baby; I will push her out.
  • The power and intensity of my contractions cannot be stronger than me, because it is me.
  • My job is to simply relax and allow the birth to happen.
  • My body has a wide open space for my baby to descend.
  • My body is indeed beautifully and wonderfully made
  • A woman’s birth is her chance to hold hands with God.
  • 300,000 women will be giving birth with you today. Relax and breathe and do nothing else. Labor is hard work and you can do it.
  • The experience of labor and birth is a great gift.
  • I will breathe slowly and deeply to relax my muscles and bring oxygen to our baby.
  • This is what my body was designed to do.
  • Relax, breathe, open.
  • My body is opening wide to let my baby out.
  • My body is not broken. I can do this.
  • Soon I will meet you, baby.
  • I am a strong, beautiful woman. I accept myself completely, here and now.
  • I am completely relaxed and comfortable.
  • I am doing this exactly right and exactly as nature intended.
  • My body knows what to do. I will surrender fully and completely.
  • Ride the wave [of the contraction].
  • I trust my body to birth my baby.
  • I trust that my body knows exactly what it’s doing.
  • I am excited to give birth to my baby.
  • I trust in my ability to birth my baby.
  • During labor and birth, I am completely relaxed.
  •  I am deserving of a easy, uncomplicated birth.
  • I visualize my baby moving gently through the birth canal.
  • I visualize an easy, peaceful, joyous and pleasurable birth.
  •  My baby is happy and healthy.
  •  I am completely cooperating with my body.
  • My courage and patience will send my baby into my arms.
  •  My body is made to give birth, nice and easy.
  •  I believe my baby’s birth will come quickly and easily.
  •  My body is completely relaxed.
  •  My baby is born with pure pleasure.
  •  I have courage, faith and patience.
  •  I am in complete control of what is going on around me.
  •  My body will give birth on it’s own time.
  • I give birth in safety and solitude.
  • I do not fight the birth in any way. My body is relaxed.
  • Surges are easy and relax.
  •  I follow my instincts and give birth in the way I desire.
  •  I am ready and prepared for my birthing experience.
  • My job is to simply relax and allow my birth to happen.
  • I visualize myself handling everything beautifully.
  • Everything is going right.
  • I feel the strong waves of labour and know that everything is normal and progressing.
  • I relax my mind and muscles.
  • My body knows how to have this baby just as my body knew how to grow this baby.
  • Keep breathing slow and even. Inhale peace, exhale tension.
  • Keep my mind on acceptance and surrender.
  • I surrender my birthing over to my baby and my body.
  • My body has a wide-open space for my baby to descend.
  • My body will give birth in its own time.
  • I love my baby and I am doing all that is necessary to bring about a healthy birth.
  • Birth is an easy and natural occurrence for which my body has been perfectly designed.
  • I am ready and prepared for childbirth.
  • My job is to simply relax and allow the birth to happen.
  • Just let my body do it; let it happen.
  • I see myself handling everything beautifully.
  • Each contraction produces a healthy, positive pain that I can handle.
  • Birth will go exactly as it should.
  • I deserve this wonderful birth!