Affirmations, or saying and believing something is true, can be a powerful tool for preparing for labor and birth. Used in all kinds of ways, from sports physiology to life coaching, affirmations can help focus and calm nerves and doubts.
However, what we say can also have a negative effect. It's important to be mindful of the expectations we set for ourselves (and inadvertently others) as the goal is to care for ourselves, not tear ourselves or others down. When building your affirmations, avoid cliches and affirmations tied to one particular medical outcome. Here's some basic tips when creating your own birth affirmations...
I encourage you to look beyond medical outcomes and tap into your true desires. By creating birth affirmations that aren't cliches or tied to specific outcomes, we leave room for a meaningful birth experience filled with kindness and compassion for yourself. We leave room for the uncontrollable, unpredictable nature of life. We leave room for mental health and healing, when needed.
For more thoughts on birth affirmations, I enjoyed this blog post from Ashley Short Photography.
Methodology for these steps to creating birth affirmations is from Birthing From Within.
For some printable birth affirmation examples:
I'm the owner of Sage Roots. Woman, wife, mother, doula, writer, bookworm, hiker, gamer, and Christian.