If you are planning an out of hospital birth then you should need to prepare for labor.
Labor is hard work. It will take everything you have. You will probably at some point say “I can’t do this!”, but this usually means your almost done! You are strong, powerful and designed to give birth so we know you CAN do it!
Labor is 90% mental and 10% physical which may be the opposite of what you always thought. For this reason it is so important prepare your mind for labor.
Birth Affirmations are probably the simplest way to begin this preparation process. They are simple because there are thousands already out there written so you don’t have to do anything but read/listen to them!
Affirmations are important because they train your mind. The positive messages actually instill confidence and calm. Though it may seem simple or maybe even silly this really can make all the difference in your birth.
How to Use Affirmations
There are literally thousands of birth affirmations out there! All you have to do is find some you like. You can find affirmations written on pretty backgrounds you can place throughout your house. In places were you will frequently see and read them. You can keep a little list of the ones that resonate most with you and read them every night and morning. If you prefer to listen rather than read, YouTube has lots of videos of birth affirmations being read. Just find one with a voice and message you like. Listen to them on your drive to work, or while you make dinner, as your falling asleep… Don’t even worry if you sleep through most of them being read. Your brain is actually still listening even when you are asleep!
Here are just a few places to find birth affirmations! Just use these as a jump board and find ones you like or write your own for messages that are especially encouraging to you.