So, the midwife many of my friends have used in the past often assigns mothers to write a birth invitation as they look towards the birth of their children. I so love this idea. In a way it's similar to a birth plan, but it's written from the perspective of what you want present at the birth of your child, rather than what you do not want. It's been one of those things that I've wanted to do for this birth that's been sort of hanging over my head. In the next day or so I hope to get it printed over a watercolor picture of an angel that I painted for this baby early on during this pregnancy and then frame it. I plan on displaying it on a table with my labor candle and a few other items that I want to have in the room while I'm in labor/ giving birth. This evening I decided to go ahead and write my invitation wording out and thought I would share it here.
If anyone else does this I'd love to see what you come up with if you feel comfortable sharing it.
To this birth I invite, the guardian angels of our family to watch over, guide and protect us.
I invite God’s divine life-giving forces to work through me to bring this child into the world.
I invite the love and support of my husband as we bring this new addition to our family into our home.
I invite feminine energy and support as I go through this essentially female process of labor and birth.
I invite movement and dance to help this baby to be born.
I invite the peace, comfort and security of our home and family to this birth.
I invite a sense of healing to accompany this birth.
I invite the strength and power I have inside myself to bring this child into the world.
I invite love and joy to grace this child’s birth.
I invite spiritual, emotional and physical health for both myself and the baby.
I invite the comfort and healing of water during labor and as I give birth.