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Labor and birth is such a primal thing for women. We were created with the ability to grow and birth our children. That being said, it is work; which is why it is called labor.
When preparing for the birth of your child there is a lot of preparation that takes place. You get clothes and diapers and all sorts of baby odds and ends ready for the arrival of your little one. But before baby arrives you have that arduous task of actually having the baby. For most women, they appreciate support. One type of support is through the use of birth affirmations and the Word of God.
As you begin your search, you can be overwhelmed with the number of birth affirmations out there as well as the number of scriptures that can be used. Instead of choosing them all, it is best to go through them and pick out the ones that speak to you. This birth is as unique as you are, and the affirmations and scriptures that work for one woman may not work for another.
What To Do With Your Affirmations and Scriptures
Once you pick your affirmations and scriptures, one good thing to do with them is to write them on notecards. This is a quick and easy way to have them handy and portable. On one side you could have an affirmation and on the other side you could write a scripture. I strongly suggest laminating them if you plan on having a water birth, or even if you simply want to use them again some day.
Wherever you are birthing, it is important to create a space that is safe and comfortable for you. One quick way to do that is by creating signs with a few select affirmations and scriptures on them and then posting them in your birth space. Post these around your home in the weeks leading up to the birth as a good reminder.
You can also make a main sign to focus on. This sign has both an affirmation and a scripture. The example shown below is about three feet wide.
Top Birth Affirmations and Scriptures
-The power and intensity of my contractions cannot be stronger than me because it is me!
-Each wave of labor brings me closer to holding my baby in my arms.
-I can and I will.
-Don’t be afraid, you were born to do this.
-It is not pain, it is power.
-My baby and I are fearfully and wonderfully made for childbirth.
-Faith and fear cannot coexist!
-My mind quiets, my body opens.
-I honor the sensations of birth and let my baby move down.
-God did not make any mistakes when He made my body. I am made for this!
-Every mother since Eve has conquered this feat.
-You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.
-My baby knows how and when to be born.
-My body opens easily and naturally.
-I am strong.
-I am relaxed, peaceful, and calm.
-I trust my body. I trust my baby. I trust my birth.
-Somethig wonderful will happen today!
-Relax… You can do this.
-It is up to me to set the tone for this labor and birth.
-Psalm 62:1-2 “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
-Romans 8:18 “The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.”
-Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guide your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
-2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
-Psalm 37:4-5 “Take delight in The Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him.”
-Psalm 121:1-2 “I life my eyes to the mountains–where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”
-Isaiah 40:29 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
-2 Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
-John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
-1 Chronicles 16:11 “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.”
-1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
-Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
-Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
-Proverbs 31:25 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, she laughs without fear of the future.”
-Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
-Psalm 91.1 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
-Isaiah 40:31 “…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
-Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
-Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
-Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my wart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him.”
I hope this post is helpful to you as you prepare for the birth of your child!