What are Birth Affirmations? – Everything you need to know about affirmations during childbirth

Birth affirmations are a popular trend with birthing women and to some, these positive words of encouragement are what makes a big difference in their mental state during labor and childbirth.

Women that use Hypnobabies during childbirth know the power and importance of the words we choose to let in our minds and out our mouths. Birth affirmations aren’t JUST for hypnobirthing women though and positive words should be used often by any pregnant woman giving birth soon!

If you want to learn more about hypnobirthing, you can read this post.

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So what is an affirmation?

Let’s break it down first, then we’ll look at some examples of affirmations.

The word affirm, literally means:

  1. to state as a fact; assert strongly and publicly. “he affirmed the country’s commitment to peace” synonyms:declare, state, assert, aver,  proclaim, pronounce, attest, swear, avow, vow, guarantee, promise,  certify, pledge, give one’s word, give an undertaking
  2. to offer (someone) emotional support or encouragement.
  3. to state or assert positively; maintain as true: “He affirmed that all was well.”

Go back and read these definitions one more time, slowly. To state as a fact, to offer emotional support, or to state positively and maintain as true.

Another way to look at it from The Yogic Encyclopedia is; “When applied to the spiritual life, an affirmation is a statement of truth which one aspires to absorb into his life.”

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How do affirmations work?

Affirmations can be said out loud or in your mind. They can be written down in a journal or notebook or displayed in your personal space. Any words that you think or say could be considered an affirmation of some kind.

When you affirm something to yourself, you’re saying this is a fact. This is true. Affirmations can be both positive and negative. Some examples of positive affirmations are:

  • “I love my body and am happy for the health it provides.”
  • “I have the power to create change.”
  • “Happiness is within my grasp.”
  • “I deserve love, compassion, and empathy.”
  • “Change provides me oppurtunity.”

Some examples of less ideal affirmations are:

  • “I can’t…”
  • “I don’t deserve…”
  • “I’m not strong enough to…”
  • “I’m not as good as…”
  • “I am fat. I am ugly.”
  • “I’ll never be perfect.”

I hope you do not actually think you don’t deserve good and positive things, but if you say negative words like these to yourself enough it will become a deep belief and part of your regular thought process.

On the flip side, the same goes for positive affirmations.

Some people struggle with positive affirmations because they may seem so far from the current truth they feel like a lie. The cool thing about affirmations though is you don’t actually have to believe them in the beginning for them to work. Saying, reading, or thinking positive (or negative) words enough will engrain them into your mind as truth. You’ll start to believe them more and more, even if the progress seems slow at first.

Try This! Place a little affirmation on your bathroom mirror and say it every day for a week. Even if you don’t believe it at first, by the end of the week you’ll likely be feeling a little more positive about the topic you’ve chosen.

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How are affirmations used during childbirth?

Now that you know what an “affirmations” is, think of the many benefits of using positive and encouraging words during an intense and challenging situation like childbirth. For some women, these positive words help them focus and remain optimistic throughout pregnancy and on their birthing day.

How do I use birth affirmations?

The beautiful thing about birth affirmations is they can be used any way you’d like! Here are a few ideas.

  • Choose affirmations to repeat in your mind during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
  • Share affirmations that you enjoy with your birth partner or doula to encourage you with during labor.
  • Type out affirmations on cards and use them during pregnancy and labor to help remind yourself of things that are important to you.
  • Print out affirmations and hang them in your birthing space!
  • Find birth affirmations to color during pregnancy to relax and affirm deep in your mind the power and strength of your body.
You can purchase this Birth Affirmation coloring book here or download individual pages in the New Little Life Shop.

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Where can I get birth affirmations?

Great question! You have many, many options here.

You can make your own!

In its simplest form, you can write down words on a piece of paper that you want to remember or say during pregnancy and childbirth.

If you want to spice it up, try using markers or adding little embellishments too! Find affirmations or positive phrases that are meaningful to you.

If you don’t want to bust out the colored pencils, you can use an online program like Canva to create your own! Choose the flyer template which should be 8.5×11 or make smaller 5×7 cards if you wish. It’s FREE and very user friendly. You can even add pictures if you want!

You can find affirmations to color and write in your own words of encouragement!

These below are samples of birth affirmation coloring pages and come with blank space for you to write your own affirmations. There is also a special coupon code just for blog readers which gives you 15% off if you’d like to purchase these specific ones. Just enter BETTERBIRTH at check out when shopping at www.newlittlelife.etsy.com.

Here’s a cool time-lapse video of these birth affirmation coloring pages being colored! (Don’t forget to subscribe on YouTube, videos are posted weekly!)

Find birth affirmations to print for free or purchase

If you don’t want to make your own, there are many available on Etsy in various styles and sizes. You can find affirmations that are spiritual or scripture based, hypnobabies centered, or even with some cuss words if that’s your thing! You can really use any words that help you feel strong and empowered.

Here are some FREE nature themed affirmations to get you started!

If you want to see what’s inside the New Little Life coloring books, you can watch this video here! Visit the online shop or Etsy shop for purchase options.

Do you have more questions?

That’s what the comment section is for! I’d love to hear what affirmations YOU used during birth, what other questions you have about childbirth affirmation or unique ways that words impacted you.

Words impact us more than we know. Any way you try to encourage more positivity into your life will benefit you in the long run.

~ All things for you and your new little life ~

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