UPDATE! Due to overwhelming demand, I have put in a HUGE print order for my 18 Badass Birth Affirmation Cards to sell as an exclusive and totally unique deck, that will be available in my Etsy store. They will be bright and fully printed 4x6 cards that I will ship directly to you so you don't have to worry about printing! Keep checking back. They should be available by July 10th!
You have heard the saying "fake it 'til you make it" right? "Fake it 'til you make it" is mathematically the same as doing it. You are doing the thing but the difference is a matter of belief and over time you will learn to trust yourself and believe in yourself if you repeat an idea, affirmation, or mantra enough times. So, start practicing believing that you can birth this baby with power, ease, and confidence.
When we are in a relaxed state of mind and body, we can reprogram the subconscious to believe new ideas. We can change old ideas to new ones; new beliefs of confidence and empowerment. When done with birth affirmations we are replacing preconceived ideas of birth and fear with new stories of hope and empowerment.
I love love love blending of opposites and so much of life is a beautiful melding of opposing forces. Yin and yang, black and white, puke and feeling better, love and hate, babies and slime, mess and magic. Birth breaks you down and builds you up and as a birth doula and childbirth teacher, I help mothers honor both the mess and the magic of it all.
How is this different than your average birth affirmation blog post, you ask......well let me fucking tell you..... I believe in energies and transferring said energies throughout the body and in birth there are some big energies surging through your being. It is beautiful and empowering and magical but it is also really fucking intense at times. Sometimes channelling those energies through the mouth can help you cope.
When I am doing hard work I tend to cuss and swear. Sometimes out loud, sometimes in my head but a well timed F bomb can be super cathartic. I have heard many a birthing woman drop a choice F bomb and even women who wouldn't typically use that kind of language feel that it really gets their point across. AND IT'S TOTALLY OKAY!!! It might be part of transition and it might just be human but you do what feels good to get through this. If you don't cuss then frak, freakin', fudgin', bleepin' bleep bleep, and crap tarts, work just as well.
Here I give you 8 Badass Birth Affirmations to help you get through transition or any part of labor. The Badass Birth Affirmations Card Deck has 18 cards!
And here are some tamer versions that are empowering too!
She believed she could, so she did.
Women all over the world are birthing with me.
Hold the vision, Trust the process.
I look forward to embracing this empowering experience.
I am a strong and capable mother.
My baby will be born when she is ready.
I deserve the birth I desire.
I am strong, confident, assured, and assertive.
My baby knows the exact right moment to be born.
I trust in my ability to birth.
I am completely relaxed.
I let go and give in.
Everything is going to be ok.
My birth will be a joyous birth.
I am not alone. My baby is journeying with me.
The power and intensity of my contractions cannot be stronger than me, because it is me.