via Laur of the Lion
I love birth affirmations. I'm currently teaching my first eight-week childbirth education series at BABS. In Week 4, we hit the hard stuff. We discuss labor and birth complications, interventions, including Cesarean sections, and decision making. It's a lot of information to take in. On top of that, so much growth and change is occurring--physically, mentally, and emotionally, to both mom and her partner.
It can be bittersweet. Physically, mom may be eager to meet her baby. But at the same time, she may feel saddened by the thought that, after birth, she and baby will no longer be physically connected. Two separate entities. Not only is this process new for moms, but it's new territory for partners, too. It's a hard concept to grasp when you've never done it before. Exciting, scary, overwhelming, and thought-provoking. A range of emotions, really.
We need to raise awareness. To teach both women and men that our bodies are strong and capable. The mind-body connection is a powerful thing, and when women find what works for them in labor: they shine. When partners feel confident in supporting mom in labor, they bring a sense of calm, reassurance, and love that resonates throughout the birthing atmosphere. I hope these birth affirmations help women and their partners feel connected, mindful, and secure in their experience. Here are some of my favorites:
Sending you light and love on your birthing journey!