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Birth Affirmations

Newborn Baby Photography by Natalie Broders

With both pregnancies, I endured prodromal labor. Prodromal labor is different from Braxton Hicks contractions because it doesn’t go away if you drink water or lay on your left side. I had real, legitimate contractions from about 28 weeks all the way to 40 weeks until my babies were born. It was extremely exhausting!

It gave me ample opportunity to practice my Bradley Method relaxation techniques. I remember lying in bed, holding my belly, using regular normal breaths and relaxing my entire body from my face to my toes. I pasted a list of birth affirmations (below) on my bedside table and I read them during prodromal labor lying in bed. A couple of them stood out to me, and I highlighted them with yellow highlighter. Through all of this practice, I ended up memorizing these affirmations and I was able to draw on my favorite birth affirmations during labor.

Did you have an affirmation or mantra that kept you going during labor?

 

Birth Affirmations

My baby is strong and healthy.

I trust my body.

My belly is full of light and love.

I am a strong and capable woman.

I have patience.

I have an open heart.

My body knows exactly what to do.

My baby feels my joy.

I trust my labor.

I am open to the energy of birth.

I embrace the wisdom of my body.

My body knows how to birth my baby.

I have everything I need.

I believe in birth.

Untapped sources of strength are available to me.

I trust my body to know what it is to do.

I welcome my coming labor as the perfect one for me and my baby.

I am an active and powerful laboring woman.

I feel confident; I feel safe; I feel secure.

I welcome this opportunity to grow and change.

My muscles work in complete harmony to make birthing easier.

My cervix opens outward and allows my baby to ease down.

I am a link in the endless chain of birthing women.

I fully relax and turn my birthing over to Nature.

I am willing to release my baby into the world.

I choose a gentle and natural birth.

I see my baby coming smoothly from my womb.

My breath is easy, deep, and full.

My body knows exactly what to do.

My body is wise and purposeful.

I am totally relaxed and at ease.

I can handle whatever comes up.

I trust my intuition.

I release my birthing over to my body and my baby.

My baby is safe.

I put all fear aside and welcome by baby with happiness and joy.

I love and trust my body.

I deserve and receive all the love and support I need.

I deserve a gentle, natural birth.

I claim my birthright for a wonderful birth.

I am a wonderful mother.

Family Photoshoot at Trenholm Christmas Tree Farm in Oregon

When you have three kids, cutting down your Christmas tree every year becomes part of your family tradition. I tagged along with the Murphy family as they searched Trenholm Tree Farm for their perfect Christmas tree. While a soft Douglas fir ALMOST made the cut, ultimately they decided to go with a beautiful five-foot-six Noble Fir. Their four-year-old, Reagan, was cracking me up pretending to be a present under every tree! For the first time, their youngest daughter Rowan was able to partake in the tradition of helping daddy with the saw.

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