Y'all probably know I'm a CrAzY Christian, so if these won't work for you, I can agree to disagree!! The first is my affirmations coupled with scripture. I have these posted in front of toilets and over the kitchen sink, etc. The second is an exercise my midwife had me do~and invitation to the attrubutes I'd like to have attend the birth. Both could be done without the Christian undertones, and these have REALLY helped me!
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, for your Heavenly Father knoweth what you have need of. The baby and I are rested and ready for the work we will do. ~Matthew 6:33
Be not afraid, but pray with thanksgiving and let your requests be made known unto God for more of His peace than you can comprehend! The more I give up my fear, the more relaxed I am and the less pain I have. ~Philippians 4:6-7
God's strength is made perfect in weakness~when I am weak, I am strong. I embrace the concept of healthy pain. ~2 Corinthians 12:9
…the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, JOY, PEACE… My contractions are actually pleasant as long as I do not resist. ~Galatians 5:22
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Any discomfort I feel, I can ease by relating them to their purpose. ~Philippians 4:13
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of a SOUND MIND. I am welcoming my contractions! ~2 Timothy 1:7
All things work together for GOOD to them that love God~with each contraction the baby descends a little more! ~Romans 8:28
Love is kind, believes all things, hopes all things, and never fails. I can transmute everything into love and pleasure. ~1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. I can feel good all through delivery. My strength is abundant! ~Philippians 4:13
…whatsoever things are lovely…whatsoever things are of good report…think on these things. I and my baby are healthy. Soon the baby will be here! ~Philippians 4:8
The honor of your presence, HOLY SPIRIT, is requested at the birth of baby Lowery and always, forevermore. May your fruit of LOVE, REJOICING, and PEACE reign in abundance!
LOVE that is kind, does not behave unseemly, is not easily provoked, believes and hopes all things, and is never failing, and casts out fear.
REJOICING over this baby with laughter and happiness; the heritage, reward, and generous legacy of the LORD.
PEACE of the kingdom of God, given by Christ, that there be no trouble or fear, but faith and trust.
*Profanity, fear, guilt, negativity, and hatred are politely asked not to attend. As I will be swift and productive in labor, services will not be required of extended periods of time.