I had heard about birth affirmations before getting pregnant for the first time. Unfortunately, I did not think they were important enough to give any attention to. As a result, I had a very long and arduous first labor with my daughter, struggling with negative thoughts and emotions.
I began to see the importance of using birth affirmations when I went on a tour of the birth center I used at the end of my last pregnancy. The midwife talked about how she loved that couples made the birthing room their own by putting up inspirational statements or pictures to focus on as their focus point.
I started researching bible verses that were encouraging and other statements outside the bible that may be of help to me during labor. They are a good fit for me, but they may not be for you. Feel free to be creative with the ones you choose.
Birth Affirmations from the NAB
I used the New American Bible for all of the bible verses below.
I decided I had to use this bible verse after meeting fellow YouTuber Tabitha Kelley and learning about her amazing birth story with her son!
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.”
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is God from of old, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.
He gives power to the faint, abundant strength to the weak.
Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall,
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.”
“Be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go.”
“Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.”
“I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.”
This statement really brought me through in labor when I needed it! My doula was looking through the birth affirmations I had shared with her and she sent this for me just at the right time.
Birth Affirmations – Encouraging Statements
- My body was made for this.
- I am enough. My body is enough.
- I am choosing love, not fear.
This statement really speaks to me. It makes me forgot about the fear of the pain of birth.
- I CAN do this!
Meditating on “I can do this!” helped me when I was struggling in the tub.
- I feel confident. I feel safe.
Feeling safe is so critical to a successful natural birth. I definitely did not feel safe when I was in the hospital. My decisions were constantly questioned and I was constantly being pressured into decisions I did not want to make.
- I am powerful.
- I am relaxed and calm.
Check out my birth affirmations video for all my thoughts on these inspiring verses and statements!