If you’re pregnant and you follow our blog, you’re probably the sort of woman who has spent many hours preparing for your ideal birth experience. You’ve read all the right books, explored all your options, enlisted the perfect support team, and versed them in the intricacies of your birth plan, right? Things are falling into place and you’re going to be meeting your newest little obsession soon. You feel prepared for every possible scenario and your head is absolutely in the right place, except that…for so many mamas, the unknowns of birth are still a source of stress. Even the most well-prepared birthing mama usually has some unspoken fears and anxieties.
One of the ways we encourage our doula clients to deal with negative feelings, anxiety and stress is to talk about them and to come up with some positive affirmations to combat them. We all know the truth about birth is that it’s a normal but sometimes it’s hard to wrap our brains around that truth, isn’t it? Studies show have found that positive self-affirmations are helpful and that “when practiced deliberately and regularly, they reinforce a chemical pathway in the brain, making the connection between two neurons stronger, and therefore more likely to conduct the same message again.” Basically, filling your head with positive thoughts to replace the negative ones makes it easier to recall those thoughts. It’s a matter of making a habit of postive thinking and training your brain to recall information. We just love this quote from the Affirmative Thinking blog: “Thoughts make a chemical. If you have happy thoughts then you’re producing chemicals that make you feel happy. It you have negative thoughts, angry thoughts or insecure thoughts, those thoughts make chemicals to make you feel how you’re thinking… There is sound evidence that our thoughts do matter.”
In that vein, WMC has created some printable birth affirmations. We encourage you to save them to your computer and print them out. You can print them on card stock and/or laminate them after you print them so they’re durable. Spend some time with them and really allow yourself to open up to the suggestions on them. What you believe has power and that power can be a source of strength for your upcoming birth. Every one of these affirmations was created with you in mind and we hope they are encouraging and uplifting for you as you work to bring that beautiful baby earthside!
Amy is mom to 4, ages ranging from 19-6. She’s a homebirthing VBAC mama who is also a WMC Doula, an apprentice midwife, a peer counselor with the Beaumont Breastfeeding Coalition and a local birth rights activist. She and Heather Thomas founded WMC in 2006 and passionately work to improve local birth and parenting options for Southeast Texas families.