Positive Birth Affirmations

Posted in Homebirth, Pregnancy

birth affirmationPositive birth affirmations can be a useful tool in helping to change and/or reinforce your beliefs. These beliefs can be about your body’s ability to give birth, about your birth partner’s ability to support you through the process, and about both of your abilities to be loving and involved parents. If you find that you have fears and concerns about birthing and parenting, using affirmations can help to dispel these. Even if you are feeling wonderful and positive, affirmations can only add to what you already intuitively know and feel. The aim is for them to be absorbed into your consciousness so your brain believes the statements and then reflects this reality.

GENERAL SUGGESTIONS

Use the affirmations below as a starting point. Create images on your computer or write them out longhand using pens, markers, or paint. Post the affirmations around your house, car, and workplace. Post them on your bedside table, on your bedroom mirror, on your bathroom mirror, on the kitchen table, on the refrigerator, on the washer and dryer, on the hall closet door, on your steering wheel, on your computer, and wherever else you can think of where you will see them frequently and be reminded of how strong, confident, and beautiful you are. If you do plan to post these affirmations around your house, car, and workplace—be sure to print them out on sturdy cardstock so that they don’t get rumpled after hanging up for a while. Record yourself reading the affirmations and listen to them while you are relaxing, driving, cooking, exercising, or whenever you’re feeling anxious or worried. Change the wording or phrasing of any of these affirmations to suit your beliefs, personality, and style. Do some type of positive birth affirmation at least once a day.

BIRTH AFFIRMATIONS

  • Birth is safe for me and my baby.
  • I CAN do this. I AM doing this.
  • My body and my baby know what to do.
  • I am strong. My body is strong. My baby is strong.
  • Breathe in relaxation. Breathe out tension.
  • Every contraction brings me closer to my baby.
  • I feel calm, confident, safe, and grounded.
  • I am completely cooperating with my body.
  • Keep breathing. Slow and even. Inhale peace. Exhale fear.
  • My body will give birth at exactly the right time.
  • I welcome my baby with happiness and joy.
  • Open . . . Soften . . . Relax . . . Release
  • I am prepared to meet whatever turns my birth takes.
  • My body has a wide open space for my baby to descend.
  • The strength of my uterine contractions is a sign of MY strength. I can do it.
  • I believe my baby’s birth will come quickly and easily.
  • My body is completely relaxed.
  • My body is made to give birth, nice and easy.
  • I surrender my birthing over to my baby and my body.
  • My body knows how to have this baby just as my body knew how to grow this baby.
  • I will relax and let birth happen.
  • I surrender to the contractions and relinquish control of the forces within my body.
  • My baby feels my calmness and confidence.
  • Birth is an easy and natural occurrence that my body knows how to do.
  • I can’t rush birth. I will embrace each phase for what it is in the moment.
  • Birth hurts, it is hard work, and I can do it.
  • I am confident in my ability to birth naturally and easily, with power and strength.
  • I am relaxed and happy that my baby is finally coming to me.
  • I am focused on a smooth easy birth.
  • My muscles work in complete harmony to make birthing easier.
  • I relax as we move quickly and easily through each stage of birth.
  • My cervix opens outward allowing my baby to ease down.
  • I fully relax and turn my birthing over to nature.
  • I see my baby coming smoothly from my womb. I breathe deeply and eliminate tension.
  • My baby’s birth will be easy because I am so relaxed.
  • I feel my body gently swaying with relaxation.
  • My baby moves gently along on its journey.
  • I deepen my relaxation as I move further into labor.
  • I am totally relaxed and at ease.
  • I release my birthing over to my body and my baby.
  • Waiting for the birth of my baby is an experience of serene joy.
  • With each deep breath I feel better and better.
  • I trust that my baby has a calm and serene birth, that it happens quickly and brings me much joy.
  • I am preparing for my baby’s birth with all of my body and all of my soul.
  • I relax and the baby relaxes with me.
  • My baby feels my serenity and my joy of life; my baby feels my love.
  • I am loved and my baby is loved.
  • I am a good guide for my baby.
  • My baby trusts me and I trust my body.
  • I have great confidence in my partner’s ability to help me and be my guide.
  • I have great trust in myself and my capabilities.
  • Childbirth is a healthy and normal event.
  • My body is my friend.
  • I trust my body to labor smoothly and efficiently.
  • I am able to birth in harmony with nature, in the best possible way for my baby and myself.
  • My baby and I are working harmoniously together. We are grateful for this powerful experience.
  • I am giving my baby the very best start in life.
  • The power of birth strengthens me, my child, and my partner.

For more information, including a PDF of beautiful affirmations to print out, check out my online childbirth class

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