There is undeniably a mind-body connection in everything we do, especially in childbirth! Birth is a very physical experience; however, it's equally as much, if not more, a mental and emotional experience. It all works together as you welcome your little baby into the world.
Whether you are in a hospital or at home, or you've gotten an epidural or not, or you're planning a vaginal birth or c-section, birth is challenging. It's a life-transforming experience that proves to you that you are tough as nails, ready to fight for your baby through whatever life throws at you. That you are stronger than contractions, the ring of fire, the c-section recovery, the sore nipples, the endless sleepless nights, the tantrums, the moodiness, the baby blues or postpartum depression, the grief, the times where you want to throw in the towel, or you simply don't know what to do.
For me and my experience of birth and postpartum, birth affirmations were a powerful way to CHOOSE what I wanted in my head. Instead of, "I can't do this", or "I'm in so much pain", or "This is too hard", I dwelled on encouraging affirmations to make up a powerful mental script. I remembered chanting "I can do hard things" and "I am strong enough" as the contractions surged on. I stared at my birth affirmation banner when I didn't know if I could nurse him even one-more-time, and here I am still nursing my baby boy 5 months later.
I'm an advocate for YOU being in control of your experience. No matter the cards you're dealt, you get to play them. With that comes an immense responsibility to prepare for birth and prepare for motherhood. True, you are never really fully prepared. However, you can put on your battle gear and get ready for the fight. Lace up your running shoes and train for the marathon. Strap on your parachute to jump out of the plane. Birth affirmations, among other things, ARE the battle gear, the running shoes, and the parachute. They can help get you through the moments of pain, weakness, insecurity, and vulnerability. They help you train for the big day and all the days of motherhood beyond.
You can do this mom! You ARE doing it. You are powerful beyond measure, and you CAN do hard things.
I've made these birth affirmation coloring pages. Spend some time coloring them however you want to, cut them out, and hang them where you can read them daily. Bring them with you to the hospital or birth center. And trust that they will be programmed deep into your brain for you to tap into when you need them most!