Natural Birth Affirmations

It’s no big secret around here that I love all things pregnancy and baby. I personally love being pregnant(though I could certainly do without that whole being sick for the first half part 🙂 ) and have been really passionate, excited, and informed about my previous labor and delivery experiences.

You can read Abigail’s birth story here 

The cliff notes of her birth are that I woke up at 1:30 in the morning on her due date and she was born after a drug free, intervention free labor at 7:40 am. 6 hours total!

This is me at 4cm. I remember telling my mom to, “take a picture of me while I’m still smiling!” ha.

And then there was Mabel’s freight train of a birth. You can read that here. (You can also read my natural labor and delivery plans for her in this post!)

The cliff notes of her birth are that at 38 weeks 2 days, around 3 in the afternoon I started having some back pains that made me think, “what are those?” and at 6:37pm she was in my arms. 3.5ish hours!

With both girls, I was SO so so super thankful and happy with how things ended up turning out. With each of them, the things that were really important to me happened, and I was super empowered and on such a high after their births.

I specifically remember with Mabel, that it was like 3am and I still hadn’t slept because I was just positively buzzing with excitement and adrenaline and happiness and could.not.put.her.down.

But, I have to be completely honest too and write out how much Mabel’s birth scared me.

I realized it at the time, but since everything ended up turning out okay, it was easy to shut that part of her story down and focus on how perfect everything ended up instead.

And then I got pregnant again…and I started thinking, oh my gosh- I have to go through labor and delivery again….and it was REALLY scary last time!

I’ve been dealing with lots and lots of anxiety about Finn’s upcoming birth, what used to be a confident thing for me- isn’t anymore. Things that I was sure of, with each of the girls- I’m unsure of now.

I’ve talked to my Dr. about this some (because she is the most calming person on the planet) and we have kind of a few different potential birth plan options available to us, depending on how things go….so I’m mostly trying to go into all of this with completely open hands, untethered to anything that I want to happen, and have been trying to get to a place of

1) excitement and not fear and

2) peace and not anxiety.

Which brings me to my natural birth affirmations!

I never really did these with Abigail- I remember kind of using the prayer “help me, Jesus” as a mantra of sorts but didn’t have any sayings that I used.

With Mabel though, my doula used quite a few of these and they really helped.

I especially remember her mentioning how “Mabel is coming to meet you!” and so instead of being scared, it made me happy.

So that being said, here are a large number of natural birth affirmations that I have been reading over in preparation for birth(not necessarily naturally this time!) and getting my head in the right space to meet my baby.

Natural Birth Affirmations

I believe in my power to birth my baby

I am strong

I can do this

My body was made to do this

I am not afraid

My baby will arrive at the perfect time

I trust my body and my baby to know when it is time for birthing

Each surge brings my baby closer to me

One contraction at a time

My baby is coming

I let go of anything that is keeping me back from birthing my baby ‘

Breathe to my baby

Every effort I make brings me closer to my baby

I have everything it takes right now to birth this baby

It is not pain, it is power

I am safe, I am calm, I am relaxed

I am focused on a smooth, easy birth

My mind is relaxed, my body is relaxed

I trust my body and follow its lead

Believe that you are capable. Have faith that it will go well.

I can do anything for two minutes

Breathe- do not push

Labor is nothing more than my muscles contracting and flexing, then relaxing

We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers,
remembering before our God and Father your work of faith 
and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

For we know, brethren beloved by God, that He has chosen you.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4

When a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come;
but when she is delivered of the child, she no longer remembers the anguish,
for joy that a child is born into the world.
John 16:21

Fear not, for I am with you,
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My victorious hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Maybe at some point in the near future I’ll talk about what some of my potential birth plan options are- because I think I’ve talked about birth enough for today!
But, for now, I’m sitting on my birthing ball, refreshing my memory on how to breathe, taking my supplements, drinking my red raspberry tea, and praying and trusting that the One who made Finn, who has known the plans for him since before the foundation of the world, will bring him safely into my arms- at just the right time and in just the right way.

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  1. oh these are SO good!!! and gosh, your mind is so powerful and i completely believe it affects your labor experience in more ways than we even think. you are going to do SO great!!! and be snuggling before you know it! i am so excited for you guys!!

  2. I obviously love all these affirmations! And I swear it just a third baby thing, because I’m quite nervous for upcoming childbirth too. I keep questioning whether I am strong enough! You will do amazing! And keep in mind each birth is different, Finn may come into the world much more slowly than his sisters. And in perfect timing. Trust that!

  3. You ARE so strong! Precipitous labors are fast and furious and can totally be scary. I can imagine how scary your birth with Mabel was – things are going so fast it can feel like all control is lost!
    As a doula, I really love hearing moms talk about how they’re preparing themselves and it sounds like you’re doing the mental work you need to prior to labor. Are you using a doula again?
    Congratulations and very best of luck! Take things as they come. : )

  4. I’m also going into #3 and have a lot of anxiety about l&d. Glad I’m not the only one.. I think affirmations are SO GREAT and have helped me through my previous two naturally, I need to get reading mine again already. Praying for peace for you and a safe and healthy delivery/mom/baby. You. Can do it!! 🙂

  5. This doula loves reading your affirmations! I always ask my client to plan out some favorite ones in addition to the ones I frequently use. They can be so empowering in labor!! My first baby’s birth was according to my ideal unmedicated birth plan and I loved it! My second went great but ended a severe hemorrhage and now that we’re talking about baby #3 it is hard to consider different birth plans etc to make it less scary! I feel for you & the choices this makes but you’re doing a great job preparing and I bet you have a great birth!!

  6. Of course I have never been pregnant but each of those affirmations rocks, from the mental health perspective.
    You are going to meet Finn soon and he will be so happy to see you.

  7. These are beautiful! Even though I really count on that epidural having positive affirmations is powerful!

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