Affirmations

 

These poems and affirmations are to help you to prepare for birth:

Say them, feel them, believe them & be them…

If in doubt, breathe out
~ Cathy Doberska – Reading, UK NCT teacher

The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you.
~ Unknown

Painted Belly Standing

The Birthsong The night is still, the moon full and bright
She feels it approaching, her belly once again tight
All is in ready the time’s finally come
She’s hoping her baby will be here by the rising of the sun.

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first
The courage, the fear, the love, the hope and the mirth
Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong
Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth
They’re all connected through their bodies & songs
It knows no boundaries, no color, no races
It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.
The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong

Her breathing grows faster as each new wave moves within
She remembers to let go, to surrender again
She opens her eyes and sees her partner, her lover, her friend
Remembering with tenderness their choice to begin

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first
The courage, the fear, the love and the hope
Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong
Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth
They’re all connected through their bodies & songs
It knows no boundaries, no color, no races
It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.
The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong

The songs been completed the babe’s in her arms
Both teary eyed parents are moved by it’s charms
The song appears ended at least in this room
But I’ll hear it eternal with other bright moons.

The song begins gently, moving slowly at first
The courage, the fear, the love, the hope and the mirth
Some sing quite softly and some loud and strong
Their babies emerge as they sing the Birthsong

Time becomes frozen as woman by woman, birth by birth
They’re all connected through their bodies & songs
It knows no boundaries, no color, no races
It fills all their bodies, their hearts, souls and faces.
The sounds of each woman as she sings the Birthsong
~ Dana Beardshear

If it hurts, get off it, move it around, rub it better.
~ Barbara Kott (president of the NCT)

Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale, and her hand to pull back from fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.
~ Virginia Di Orio

Dawn Of your hand I could say this
a bird poised mid-air in flight
as delicate and smooth.
Of your mouth
a foxglove in its taking
without edges or hurt.
This of your ear
a tiny sea-horse, immortal
sporting in white waves
and of your eye
a place where no one could hide
nothing lurk.
Of your cupped flesh
smooth in my palm
an agate on the sea-shore.
Of your back and belly
that they command kisses.
And of your feet I would say
they are inquisitive and gay
as squirrels or birds
and so return to your hand
and begin my voyage
around your loveliness
again and yet again
as in my arms you lie sleeping.
~ Jeni Couzyn, South Africa

The same movements that get the baby in, get the baby out
~ From Birthing From Within

Painted Belly Lying

You will emerge from uncertainty into great peace and freedom.
~ Unknown

The Candle Imagine that your pelvis is a candle with a flame in the middle
As my contractions come, the flame burns brighter.
My body is the wax of the candle, warming and yielding to the flame.
The more I breathe, the brighter the candle burns.
The wax melts and drips with each contraction.
My body becomes looser and opens to the flame.
I see my pelvis becoming soft and warm and pliable.
I breathe. With each contraction, the candle becomes softer.
I melt with the candle.
My breath helps the candle burn brighter, melting quicker.
I remain soft, warm, and yielding.
~ Barbara Harper “Gentle Birth Choices”

Only with trust, faith, and support can the woman allow the birth experience to enlighten and empower her.
~ Claudia Lowe

300,000 women will be giving birth with you today.
Relax and breathe and do nothing else.
Labor is hard work and you can do it.
~Unknown

The Rose My cervix is like a rosebud
Ready to Open
I am nurtured by those around me as the rose is nurtured by the soil
The rosebud gradually, ever so softly, opens and blossoms.
I open and blossom.
My cervix is soft and ripe like a rosebud.
I see the outer petals of te rose falling away
I see my cervix yielding like the outer petals of the rose.
Every contraction opens another petal of my rosebud cervix.
I welcome each contraction, which helps me open my rosebud cervix.
I welcome and receive all the nurturing around me, which helps me open.
Just like the warm sun opens the rose, the warmth I receive opens my cervix.

I yield and open.
The rose does not resist.
I open and blossom.
~ Barbara Harper “Gentle Birth Choices”

The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process.
~ Suzanne Arms

Focus on what you can do, then do it with all your heart.
~ Lois Wilson

Through pain find strength
Through birth find healing
It is never easy to keep reaching for dreams
Strength and courage can sometimes be lonely friends –
But those who reach, walk in stardust.
~ Flavia

We’ve all been waiting for you.
For you.
Your arrival has been marked, has been recorded
on earth,
in the universe,
in the galaxies,
in all of space,
in all of time.

You come with a birthright, written in love and sung
through all Creation in words which promise
that no matter where you’re at,
you’re home
that no matter who you’re with,
you’re welcome
that no matter who you are,
you’re loved.
Welcome.
~ Rita Ramsey

Life only demands from you the strength you possess.
~ David Hammarskjold

Painted Belly Lying down

When you have come to the edge
of all the light you know
And are about to step off
Into the darkness of the unknown,
Faith is knowing that
One of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on
Or you will be taught how to fly.
~ Patrick Overter

You’re braver than you believe. Stronger than you seem. And smarter than you think.
~ Christopher Robin in Pooh’s Grand Adventure

You are constructing your own reality with the choices you make…or don’t make. If you really want a healthy pregnancy and joyful birth, and you truly understand that you are the one in control, then you must examine what you have or haven’t done so far to create the outcome you want.
~ Kim Wildner-Mother’s Intention: How Belief Shapes Birth

A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without retense and arrives at her destination, prepared to be herself and only herself.
~ Maya Angelou

If I don’t know my options, I don’t have any.
~ Diana Korte

Rain, after all is only rain; it is not bad weather. So also, pain is only pain; unless we resist it, then it becomes torment.
~ the I Ching

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Birth is a safe and wonderful experience.

I will give birth without complications.

I am not afraid.

I know my baby feels our calmness and confidence.

I trust in my ability to give birth.

My body knows exactly what it is doing.

I am confident in my ability to birth
naturally, painlessly amd easily.

During labourand birth,I am completely relaxed and comfortable.

I will have an uncomplicated, peaceful,joyous and pleasurable birth.

My baby is healthy.

I am completely cooperating with my body.

I will breathe deeply and slowly to relax my muscles making it easier for my uterus to work.

My body is made to give birth, nice and easy.

I believe my baby’s birth will come quickly and easily.

My body is completely relaxed.

All I need to do is relax and breathe – nothing else.

Everything is going right.

I feel the strong waves of labourand know that everything is normal and progressing.

Relax my mind and muscles.

Courage, faith and patience.

My body knows how to have this baby just as my body knew how to grow this baby.

Keep breathing slow and even.Inhale peace, exhale tension.

Keep my mind on acceptance and surrender.

I show absolutely no signs of fear or concern.

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

My body has a wide open space for my baby to descend. There is nothing in the way.

My body will give birth in its own time.

I love my baby and I am doing all that is necessary to bring about a healthy birth.

Birth is an easy and natural occurrence for which my body has been perfectly designed.

The strength of my uterine contractions is a sign of my feminine strength.

I have the energy and stamina to birth my baby.

There will be no complications.

I surrender to the contractions and relinquish control of the forces within my body.

I allow my body’s natural anesthesia to flow through my body.

I do not fight the birth in any way. My body is totally relaxed. I am not afraid.

The power and intensity of my contractions cannot be stronger than me, because it is me.

I am ready and prepared for childbirth.

My job is to simply relax and allow the birth to happen.

Just let my body do it; let it happen.

I see myself handling everything beautifully.

Each contraction produces a healthy, positive pain that I can handle.

Birth will go exactly as it should.

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More Birth Affirmations

* My mind and body can handle a labour of any kind
* I will have a strong and healthy baby
* I trust my body to know how to birth this child
* I trust my instincts to know what I need in labour
* I trust my instincts to do what is best for my baby
* I am a strong and capable woman
* Only I can give birth to this baby and I accept responsibility for that challenge
* My body knows how to birth my baby
* I trust my instincts
* Babies are born when they are ready, not when doctors, midwives or anyone decides
* My body is indeed beautifully and wonderfully made
* It’s good for me to take care of myself. I get to have a voice
* I have to be truthful with myself
* Listen to my body and heart
* I deserve to have the birth I desire
* I trust my body
* I trust my pain
* I trust my labour
* I trust in my baby
* I am a strong and capable woman
* I am a powerful, loving and creative being
* I am now willing to experience all my feelings
* My pelvis releases and opens as have those of countless women before me
* I accept myself completely here and now
* I now feel inner peace and serenity
* I accept this labour as my labour and believe it is the right one for me and for my baby
* I love and accept my body completely
* I accept all my feelings as part of myself
* I feel the love of others around me
* My baby knows all is well
* My heart knows what my baby needs, my mind is learning
* I am a powerful, loving and creative being
* I accept myself completely here and now
* I now feel inner peace and serenity
* I accept all my feelings as part of myself
* Good strong contractions help my baby come into the world
* I embrace the concept of healthy pain
* I have enough love to go around, the universe always provides
* I am strong, confident assured, assertive and very feminine
* My body contains all the knowledge necessary to give birth to my baby
* My baby knows how and when to be born
* Birth is a safe and wonderful experience
* My baby will be born healthy and at the perfect time

For a Subsequent Pregnancy

* This is a new birth and a new baby unique unto itself.
* I see my last birth as a learning experience from which I am growing and changing.

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