Birthing affirmations have been my saving grace this pregnancy. They have made me confident in my ability to give birth without unecessary interventions, they have helped me to stay positive and focused on this birth without being negatively impacted by things that happened during Sol’s birth, they have restored my faith, and have helped to to establish a meditative, relaxed mood which I hope I will be able to duplicate during my birth as a form of pain management.
Up until now, they have been great. I have used some Hypnobabies tracks along with some Hynobirthing tracks but haven’t committed to their entire programs. I’ve found some youtube videos, and even revisited some class materials from the Bradley Class I took when I was pregnant with Sol.
Once Sol falls asleep and sometimes while I am nursing her, or cuddling with her, I practice deep relaxing breathing, and allow myself to relax from head to toe, repeating peacefule affirmations either in my head and sometimes out loud…. Examples of these affirmations are:
I trust my body to know how to birth this child.
I trust my instincts to know what I need in labor.
I deserve to have the birth I desire.
I am a strong and capable woman.
My pelvis releases and opens as have those of countless women before me.
I now feel inner peace and serenity.
I accept this labor as my labor and believe it is the right labor for me and for my baby.
I love and accept my body completely.
My body contains all the knowledge necessary to give birth to my baby.
My baby knows how and when to be born.
Birth is a safe and wonderful experience.
My body knows how to have this baby, just as my body knew how to grow this baby.
I am focused on a smooth, easy birth.
Well, recently these haven’t been enough for me. I feel like they worked and have helped me to practice relaxation. I’ve even used them or similiar ones during uncomfortable moments in this pregnancy to help relax my body and help me to change my perception of the pain/uncomfortable feelings. But lately, I’ve been feeling like I need some more aggressive affirmations. I’ve gone from feeling like a birthing goddess, to wanting to be a birthing gangsta. Ya know? I’ve been feeling more umph! and less ommm! So I have come up with a list of gangsta birthing affirmations… to satisfy my need for something a bit more ( I can’t find the word I am looking for, but hopefully you get what I am saying). I can envision turning this into a childbirth education method, and helping mother’s find their inner G during pregnancy, labor, and birth. Some of them may read as peaceful, but you gotta say them with a gangsta attitude. Some are also lyrics to songs, if you’ve never heard them, youtube em to find the tune.
I am going to rock the shit outta this birth.
I am a birthing gangsta.
My inner G will impact my energy, and I will birth this baby like a gangsta.
I got this.
My birth, my baby, my body…
I’m a G, I’m a G, I’m a G.
These contractions aint got nothing on me.
ahhh push it, push it real good (to the tune of Salt and Peppa)
I got 99 problems but this birth aint 1. (to the tune of Jay Z)
Photo shoot fresh, looking like wealth, I’m ’bout to call the paparazzi on myself. (to the tune of Otis by Kanye and Jay Z)
You are now watchin’ the throne, don’t let me enter my zone. Don’t let me enter my zone, I’m definitely in my zone (Jay Z and Kanye)
If you know like I know, you don’t wanna step to this.
It’s the G-birth era, funked out with a gangsta twist
if you birth like I birth, then you high like everyday
and if your ass get in my way, then I will regulate (to the tune of regulators by Nate Dogg and Warren G)
Grin-din’, when you know what I keep in a lining
doctors better stay in line, when
When you see a mama like me birthing (Grin-ding!) (to the tune of Grindin’ by Clipse)
La Di Da Di, we likes to party
We don’t cause trouble, we don’t bother nobody (to the tune of Snoop Dogg)
Who the, windy city woman still still comin and gunnin
Straight from the chi
Tonight’s the night for all the mama’s, let’s birth all night (to the tune of ladies night, da brat’s verse)
That’s all I got for now. I will come up with some more and share them later.
You have any gangsta birthing affirmations that you would like to share…?