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In Birth, Complete Preparation for your Mind and Body Rachael Broncher (Mandarine 1992) says “your mind is never idle. Thoughts always move through it, whether you are aware of them or not. The quality of your thoughts determines how you feel about life at that moment. Your thoughts influence and may alter whatever you are involved in…. The principle is quite simple – consciously establish clear objectives in your mind about how you want (to be)”

Affirmations or resolutions are short, positive and inspiring statements about what you want to do or be like. Some people find them useful. If you are a person who typically lacks confidence then work on an affirmation which encourages you to believe in yourself. The message is…self-trust.” Affirmations need to be stated in the present “I am…” rather than “I will be. “ or “I’d like to be…”

Example: I need a lot of sleep so I was pretty worried about night care of my first baby. My affirmations may be “I can make do with less sleep than I like” or “I can take naps when the baby sleeps” or when I was back at work and awake at night still. “I am relaxed ( breathe in breathe out) it’s as good as sleep, I can survive tomorrow”.

The following affirmations were posted on a midwifery discussion list ( ozmidwifery). Thanks to all those who contributed. It’s great to have so many to choose from so that we can focus on the ones that really inspire us—or create our own.

I believe in my ability to give birth easily.

  • I trust my body.
  • I have faith, courage and patience.
  • I completely co-operate with my body during labour and birth.
  • I keep my face arms and pelvic floor completely relaxed.
  • I focus on all going right.
  • My body will birth my baby safely and effectively.
  • My body will birth in its own time.
  • I am prepared and ready to welcome my baby.
  • I do not fight the birth, my body is relaxed – I am not afraid.
  • I believe in myself and I have nothing to fear.
  • My breathing is even, Inhale peace, Exhale tension.
  • My mind and muscles are relaxed.
  • My body opens like a flower greeting the morning sun.
  • My baby’s birth is joyful.
  • I love my body.
  • I love my baby.
  • We are beautiful.
  • I am a strong woman.
  • This is your mother, and this is your aunty. It’s a beautiful place out here, and we want you to come and see it.
  • My baby’s birth is a calm, joyous experience.
  • Each part of my body is completely relaxed, allowing the easy passage of my baby.
  • I relax through each stretching sensation, allowing my uterus to work effectively.
  • I am safe, and my baby is safe when the sensations are strong.
  • The stretching sensations appear to last only a short time, but are efficient, and quickly open the cervix…...opening… my baby can be born.
  • I focus my attention on breathing, bringing in oxygen which surrounds my muscles: bringing in nourishment, and washing out fatigue.
  • I am never alone…I have sisters throughout my city, province, my country and around the world who will be having their babies at the same time as me. I tune into them and send them my love and reassurance.
  • I trust my baby knows how to birth.
  • I trust my body will allow my baby to birth.
  • I direct my energy from my head, down through my body and out through my vagina…this energy assists my muscles to work efficiently, and helps my baby come out…easily…effortlessly…comfortably.
  • I now completely forgive the hospital staff and my parents for any mistakes they made at my own birth…It is now safe for me to let go completely.
  • My uterus is working well to bring my baby down and out of the pelvis…there is plenty of room for my baby to pass through… easily…effortlessly…comfortably.
  • It is safe for me to verbalise my feelings and desires…I am willing to allow others the pleasure of serving me.
  • My baby is being massaged and stimulated through the sensations of birth.
  • As I feel my vagina being pressed open by my baby’s head, I surrender completely, and open like a beautiful rose in full bloom
  • The power is mine
  • I am so good at this.
  • I have birthing wisdom.

From the Birthrites website

  • Pregnancy is natural, normal, healthy and safe for me and my baby.
  • My baby feels my love.
  • Trust your body (not technology).
  • I love you little one, Mother will birth you gently.
  • Pregnancy is an emergence, not an emergency.
  • My body is designed to do the work of birth.
  • I trust my body.
  • I will allow the process to take place.
  • My body will stretch and open as my baby needs.
  • I believe in myself.
  • The process of birth is exciting.
  • I can go with my contractions.
  • My baby knows what it needs.

from Carl Jone’s book “Mind over Labour”:

  • My changing body is radiantly beautiful.
  • I am able and willing to give my unborn child everything he or she needs to grow and be perfect.
  • I eat nourishing foods for my unborn baby.
  • I am able to make the best possible choices for a healthy, joyful birth.
  • Childbirth is a normal, healthy event.
  • My body is my friend.
  • I trust my body to labour smoothly and efficiently. I am able to birth safely and naturally.
  • I am able to birth in the best possible way for myself and my baby.
  • I fully feel the force of my new life within me.
  • The power of birth strengthens me, my child and my partner.
  • For Fathers:
  • I am able to make the best possible choices for a healthy, joyful birth.
  • I see my partner as a strong and capable woman.
  • I am able to support my partner during pregnancy and birth.
  • We are working harmoniously together. We are grateful for this powerful experience.
  • The power of birth strengthens me, my child, and my partner.