I’m trying to prepare for the birth of this baby and it finally came time to make these. I’ve been collecting favorite birth affirmations for awhile, and these are the ones that resonate the most with me. I’ve even created an entire pin board of favorites if you’re looking for more…I’ve just been feeling extra OCD and wanted them all to match so I just HAD TO design some for myself. I’ll include the full PDF so you can download them at the bottom of the post and print them if you’d like!
This was my mantra while I was in labor with Stella. I repeated this word over and over again, attempting to convince my cervix it was time to open and let her out! It worked!
This is my goal for this labor and delivery. When I hit transition with Stella I feel like I slipped away and didn’t really return until well after she was born-and I did the same with Paisley. I really want to try and stay present for this birth and coherent enough to be able to catch him (I wanted to with Stella and Katie tried to get me to, but I was so focused on survival I refused!)
This is a favorite from Ina May Gaskin. It’s in reference to my cervix and vagina and it’s the perfect phrase for visualization. Picturing a gaping hole, an ocean cave, a large tunnel all help open up the cervix quickly.
I currently need this reminder daily. The first half of my pregnancy did a lot of damage to my mind and body and I need this hanging up every day to remind myself that my body is strong.
This goes along with the previous one. My spirit controls my mind, my mind controls my body, and all in that order.
This is a favorite mantra of one of my favorites, January Harshe. It is such an important thing to remember during labor because this is your baby’s birthday! And you only do this a few times in your life-so even if everything isn’t going exactly how you’d want, always remember to still have a good time.
At the Birth Sweet we have this displayed on our front table. It has always been there-a constant reminder that through everything, I can do hard things. It’s a necessary birth affirmation.
This is all it is. Breathing. Breathing brings you back to yourself, it’s the waves you ride. Breathing is the tide that connects you to the earth. Breathing can get you through anything, if you just remember to pull yourself back to your breath. I just have to be reminded of that CONSTANTLY when things get rough!
This keeps it light. This goes along with some of the ridiculous booty-shaking hip hop I have on my labor playlist. This pulls me back to surviving this pregnancy. And if you haven’t heard the song, I apologize now for all of the swears…don’t judge me.
I’m getting so excited to have this baby, every little thing I get done pulls me closer to delivery day. And if you’d like these birth affirmations, you can download the full-res pdf here. If you use them I would LOVE to see so send me a pic!!