Words are powerful. We know that the words and phrases we hear or say about ourselves become our inner voice, and we recognize that it’s important for us to speak kindly about ourselves, our
bodies, and our abilities.
We also know that birth is unpredictable.
A quick Google search unveils countless resources on birth affirmations. Phrases like “I was born to do this” or “trust birth” pop up immediately. We put great stock in our innate ability to give birth vaginally…but what about when that doesn’t happen? Did I not trust my body enough? Was I not born to do this? Is my body a lemon?
It’s certainly crucial to celebrate and have faith in our bodies’ abilities and trust in the process of giving birth, but it’s also imperative to recognize the many potential outcomes for birthing, address them, and appreciate them. There are many things we can do to prepare for and increase our chances for our ideal birth experience, but we cannot will it to happen. What we can do is learn to navigate the unknown and unexpected aspects of birth. Lauralyn Curtis said it best: “This is how we take the fear out of birth: by honoring and embracing all the many possible variations that birth encompasses. In this way, every birth is a natural birth. Each of us is part of nature, not separate from it, and nature is always stunning in its variety. Your birth, then, is part of the natural world, however it unfolds.”
“This is how we take the fear out of birth: by honoring and embracing all the many possible variations that birth encompasses.”
Here are ten affirmations for every mother, every baby, and every birth:
- My birth will go exactly as it should.
- I am empowered to ask questions and make the best decisions for myself and my baby.
- I am ready and prepared for childbirth.
- Inhale calmness and confidence; exhale tension and fear.
- I am excited to give birth and meet my baby.
- I trust myself and birth team.
- I feel safe and secure.
- This will not last forever.
- Women all over the world are giving birth alongside me.
- I am enough!
We hope these affirmations resonate with you! If you’re interested in learning about preparing for childbirth or how a doula can support you, give us a call at (530) 903-0337 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.