Smiling like Sunshine: Birth Affirmations

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Birth Affirmations

 image by  Erika Hastings

Jodi at Ché and Fidel wrote a beautiful birth affirmation yesterday. A close friend of mine, B., is due with her first baby in April so we talk a lot about birth these days.
I find water births fascinating and  both of my babies were born in the birthing pool.
There are many factors that determine the birth. Will it be long, short, easy?  Is the baby in a good position? etc etc. Some things are beyond our will but I do believe that believing in our strength as a woman  and empowering ourselves is also very important, as much as the factors I mentioned. I believe that to get what we want, we need to believe it first. We need to let go of our own fears, doubts and embrace the birth that we want.

I read Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth during my second pregnancy and I loved it. In case you don't know, Ina May Gaskin is the founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located in Summertown, in The Farm community.  Ina May is world renowned for her experience and expertise in the field of midwifery.
Here is a quote from her:

 "Remember this, for it is as true as true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body."

"1-Remember that you are as well made as any monkey.
2-Don't forget to bring your sense of humor to your labor.
3-Smiling as your baby's head is coming out helps to relax your perineum and therefore makes it less likely that you'll tear."
You can read interviews with Ina May Gaskin here and here

 and here are  a few other affirmations I found on the  internet.

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” 

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


  1. I think there is alot to be said for positive thinking in the birthing room. I sometimes think that the medicalisation of childbirth has made us lose faith in our bodies and not trust that they know what they are doing.

    Brilliant post and very fitting for the Maternity Matters Meme, thanks for sharing xxx

  2. Wow. I've not read affirmations before. I'm not sure about the whole rosebud thing, but I do think having faith in your own body is a powerful thing. I went into childbirth convinced that if I relaxed the whole thing would go much more easily - I'm sure luck and good health were a big part of it but positive thinking was right up there (with my TENS machine...)!

  3. Maybe I'll try the affirmations! Assuming my rosebud ain't faulty next time :) x


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