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Birthing Affirmations

by Sarah on May 21st, 2013

I hadn’t mentioned it before, but at my 22 week scan I was told that my placenta was lying too low. I needed to have another scan at 33 weeks to double-check that it had lifted. The scan was yesterday, and it has! Although I was being as positive about the situation as I possibly could, the thought that I would be forced to have a caesar was always at the back of my mind, and so I’m totally overjoyed to be able to put this aside, and focus 100% on birthing at home :)

One of my very favourite ways to prepare for birth is to listen to or read affirmations. I did this during my first pregnancy, and have being doing it in this one too. It’s a great way to calm your mind, and fill it with positive beliefs about how easily, calmly and beautifully your child will enter the world. I listen to Marie Mongan’s Birthing Affirmations, but you could just as easily say them to yourself everyday, or even read them out and record them. Here are most of them:

  • I put all fear aside as I prepare for the birth of my baby.
  • I am focused on a smooth, easy birth.
  • I trust my body to know what to do and I follow its lead.
  • My body and my baby know how to work together in harmony.
  • My mind is relaxed, by body is relaxed.
  • I feel confident, I feel safe, I feel secure.
  • My muscles work in complete harmony to make birthing easier.
  • I feel a natural tranquility flowing through my body.
  • I relax as we move smoothyl and easily through labour and birth.
  • My cervix opens and allows my baby to ease downward.
  • I fully relax and turn my birthing over to nature.
  • I see my baby coming smoothly and easily from my womb.
  • My baby’s birth will be easy because I am so relaxed and confident.
  • I breathe correctly and eliminate tension.
  • As my labour advances, I go deeper within to my baby.
  • My baby is correctly positioned for an easy birth.
  • I turn my birthing over to my baby and my body.
  • I am prepared to calmly meet whatever turn my birth may take.
  • Each surge of my body brings my baby closer to me.
  • I deepen my relaxation as I move further into labour.
  • I am totally relaxed and at ease.
  • As my birthing advances, I go deeper within to my baby.
  • My body remains still and limp.
  • I meet each surge only with a breath.
  • I see my baby descending through tissues that are pink and healthy.
  • My baby emerges and my blood vessels close to the appropriate degree.
  • I eat right and take care of body and baby.
  • My baby’s size is perfect for my body, and we birth easily.
  • I look forward to birthing with joy and ecstasy.

It’s also important to add your own affirmations if there are any little worries that you may have. For instance, my hips really hurt during my first birth, so this time I keep saying to myself, “My hips will easily and painlessly allow my baby to birth”. And I also kept placing my hands on my lower belly, sending it love and visualising my placenta lifting up and up. Seems to have done the job :)