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The Power of Birth Affirmations
Saved 8/02/10 to The Pregnancy Posse

Birth Affirmations

My hubby and I are taking a hypnobirth class, and it's been really amazing. Since we plan on doing a natural childbirth, we needed some tools in our tool belt to help us learn techniques to relax and cope with the intensity of labor and delivery. The instructor gave us some CDs remind us focus on our breath and on positive thoughts, and I know it sounds a little fruity, but it honestly has been so helpful. One of the CDs is birth affirmations, which I've used in my prenatal yoga classes before. You basically say a positive statement either in your mind or out loud, and it helps dissipate fears and manifest the feelings you want to experience. I wanted to share some with my fellow pregnant mommas, because they've been so helpful to me, and have made me (finally) feel confident and ready for this birth. If you have any affimations to share, I'd love to hear them as well.

  • Our baby's birth will occur at just the right time and just the right way.
  • I trust my body to grow my baby and I trust my body to birth my baby.
  • My body is strong enough to birth this baby.
  • I enjoy experiencing the power of my body as my birthing muscles bring my baby to me.
  • With each amazing wave, I am letting go more easily.
  • I am releasing to these sensations.
  • I let these waves wash through me as I go deeper into relaxation.
  • I am connected to myself. I am connected to my partner. We are connected to our baby.
  • I welcome strong waves that are bringing my baby closer.
  • Every contraction brings me closer to our baby.
  • The stronger my contractions become, the sooner I meet my baby.
  • I breathe slowly and easily and it helps my body to let go.
  • I breathe to my baby and let my breath flow down and out my baby's birth path to show my baby the way.
  • My body is so open that my baby just slides right out and into my arms.
  • I am calm, I am safe, I am relaxed.

I know hearing these for the first time is a little odd (or reminds you of SNL's Jack Handey), but if you can get passed feeling weird, and say them to yourself, they will help replace your fears with positive feelings.

Beaner Beaner 5 years 42 weeks
Yes, I'm definitely not living on a cloud expecting a perfect birth just because I say some positive affirmations about how I want my birth to go. I agree with Miss Sushi and chloe bella - affirmations are meant to help you stay positive and make us feel stronger emotionally. Before I started saying these, I had a lot of fears and worries about what could go wrong and realized it was pointless to focus on those negative thoughts, and actually it was those thoughts that were freaking me out. Of course I realize that things may not necessarily go as my husband and I would like them too, but isn't it better to think positively? Saying things like "Our baby's birth will occur at just the right time and just the right way," is about accepting whatever happens, not about expecting things to go as planned." I honestly have no plan but to breathe and listen to my body and get this baby out and into our arms safely. These affirmations have done more than any birth classes or books have done to get me emotionally ready for this birth. So if they can work for you too, I say use them.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years 42 weeks
Wow, some of these comments are unnecessarily condescending and obviously miss the point of affirmations. No where did she say that she wouldn't have a c-section if necessary or that she's not "prepared for all possible outcomes." The point of affirmations is to stay positive and calm because worrying and stressing about something outside your control (especially if it hasn't happened yet) is counter-productive.
runningesq runningesq 5 years 42 weeks
I think planning for the type of labor and delivering you want is absolutely fine... but the OP needs to be aware that things can and do happen, and if you end up needing meds or a c-section, well, that's fine too.
MissSushi MissSushi 5 years 42 weeks
I was natural with my first, not by choice ;), but i had a few of my own versions of these that I was telling myself to get through the end. It was helpful in keeping my inner turmoil calm and focusing on the birth. I don't see anything in this post that would make it seem like she's going to just freak out if things don't go "according to plan". All I see is someone mentally preparing themselves for birth.
stephley stephley 5 years 42 weeks
I'm just curious Beaner - is this your first birth?
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years 42 weeks
I love these. They don't sound silly to me at all. I gave birth naturally and I wish I had these in the back of my mind. One thing though always went through my head. The stronger the pain the closer is the end. it wasn't the romantic though of meeting my baby, but of the pain to finally be gone! And yes, obviously things can go wrong. And if you end up needing drugs, or even a c-section it's okay to be disappointed but it's also fine,
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years 42 weeks
Awesome! I'm not anywhere close to having a baby, but when I do, I definitely want to do a natural birth if at all possible. I hope that after you deliver, you come back and share your experience!