What Are Birth Affirmations?
Affirmations are a powerful tool to use in pregnancy, labor, and birth. Birth affirmations are positive statements about yourself and the birth process. The purpose of birth affirmations is to repeat statements that get you into an ideal mindset for labor. While repeating positive statements might seem a little heady or strange if you're not used to the concept, the effectiveness of affirmations is actually proven in research!
Affirmations can stand alone or they can be coupled with other practices like movement and deep breathing. Hypnobirthing, for example, often includes controlled breathing, guided visualizations, and a focus on positive works and thoughts.
How to Use Birth Affirmations
I recommend reading through the list of 70 positive birth affirmations provided below. Take note of affirmations that resonate with you. Get the printable birth affirmation cards, write them down, or store them on your phone. Starting at least 4 weeks before your due date, begin practicing these daily coupled with deep breathing or an activity that is relaxing for you. You might even have your partner or friend read them to you.
When your labor begins, these affirmations will be ingrained in your memory and associated with feelings of relaxation and peace. When you begin to recite them (in your head or our load) during labor they should have a calming effect. During labor, you might ask for your support person, partner, or doula to read them off to you to help focus and guide you.
Printing Affirmation Cards
I have incorporated 70 of my favorite birth affirmations into a printable digital download. The downloadable birth affirmation cards include PDF and JPEG files so you can print them at home or with a local print shop. There are color and black and white versions available. The JPEG files can be added as an album to your phone for easy access on the go. These birth affirmations are gender-inclusive so that all birthing people can utilize them.
70 Birth Affirmations
I surrender with confidence to this process
I am strong and capable. I trust my instincts to know what I need for my labor
I am the power, strength, and intensity of my contractions (waves/ surges)
I relax and allow birth to unfold
My body is opening wide for my baby to descend
My body is miraculous
The experience of labor and birth is a great gift
I breathe slowly and deeply to relax my muscles and bring oxygen to our baby
My body was uniquely designed to do this
Relax, open, breathe
My ancestors are with me and provide me with the wisdom to move through birth
I have a voice and a choice
I am proud of myself
I am strong, beautiful, and capable. I accept myself completely.
I am completely relaxed
I trust the wisdom of my body
My body knows exactly what to do
I'm riding the wave
I trust my body to birth my baby
I am thankful that each contraction (wave, surge) brings me closer to meeting my baby
I trust my ability to birth my baby
I am deserving of an easy, uncomplicated birth
I visualize my baby moving gently through the sacred passageway
I visualize an easy, peaceful, joyous, and pleasurable birth
My baby is happy and healthy
I am in complete surrender of my body and my baby
My courage and patience will deliver my baby into my arms
My birth is a moment to hold hands with the Divine
300,000 people will be giving birth with me today.
My body is made to give birth
My vulva expands as my baby descends
My baby is born with pure pleasure
I have courage, faith, and patience
I feel safe, I am safe
My body will give birth in its own time
I give birth in safety and solitude
I do not fight the birth in any way. My body is relaxed
I tap into my innate wisdom and give birth in the way I desire
I am ready and prepared for my birthing experience
I visualize myself surrendering. I feel my body softening into labor
Everything is good and right
I feel the waves of labor and know that everything is progressing normally
I relax my mind and my muscles
It's time to release my baby. It is time to open
Keep breathing. Inhale peace, exhale tension
I focus my mind on acceptance and surrender
I surrender my birthing over to my baby and my body
I love my baby and I am doing all that is necessary to bring about a healthy birth
Birth is an easy and natural occurrence for which my body has been perfectly designed
I am ready and prepared for childbirth
I am joining a lineage of those who have already done this before. I can do this
I let birth com through me
I see myself handling everything beautifully
I dance my baby down with each sensation
Each contraction (wave, surge) produces a sensation that I can handle
Birth will go exactly as it should
My body is guided by a divine hormonal blueprint. There is no flaw
I trust the perfect timing of this birth and let go of fear and control
I deserve this wonderful birth
I trust my instincts
I am present. I am doing this. We are doing this.
I am surrounded by love and support
The same love and desire I feel toward life I feel toward my baby’s birth
My baby trusts me, and I trust this process
I have great trust in myself and my capabilities
Birth is powerful. I am powerful
I am fierce but flexible.
Waiting for the birth of my baby is an experience of serene joy.
The strength of these sensations is a sign of my feminine strength
I have grown this baby and with all my might I release her
Which affirmations resonate most with you? Share in the comments below!
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Meet the Author
Clara O'Rourke (she hers),
Holistic Doula & Childbirth Educator.
I am a researcher turned total birth nerd with a passion for supporting people birth in their full power! I guide people through their pregnancy, labor, and postpartum journey by helping them overcome fear or anxiety about birth, providing evidence-based information so they can make informed decisions, and making sure they have everything they need to birth with confidence. Birth is sacred and it should be treated that way. I am committed to providing support for birth and beyond, regardless of a person's background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or relationship status. También ofrezco mis servicios en español. I wish you and your growing family the brightest of beginnings!