Thoughts on birth – Birthing hopes and dreams

  • Birth is normal, natural and healthy
  • Women are made to birth
  • Wonder at how your body has changed and has so thoroughly nurtured your growing child. Be filled with trust
  • A woman’s body is designed to give birth naturally and safely
  • A woman’s body is powerful
  • Believe in your body and the process of birth
  • Don’t complicate birth, let your body work naturally
  • Women’s inner wisdom guides them through birth
  • Women’s confidence and ability to give birth are either enhanced or diminished by their healthcare professional and place of birth so choose them carefully
  • The experience of birth profoundly affects women and their families
  • Create good birthing experiences, the memories are with you forever
  • Women have a right to give birth free from routine medical interventions
  • Childbirth education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their inner wisdom
  • Birth can safely take place in birthing units and homes
  • Create a calm, peaceful and relaxing environment in which to birth
  • Labouring, you will be calm and peaceful and have a happy, knowing smile on your face
  • Each contraction brings you closer to the birth of your baby
  • The movements of your uterus are massaging and hugging your baby
  • Each contraction is best preparing your baby for his birth
  • The baby is naturally doing just what he should be doing during labour
  • Your body will miraculously open itself like a flower for the baby, and then close itself and heal itself with amazing speed
  • There is pain, but no suffering. Your body is working just as it should
  • Remember, pain = endorphins. Suddenly you cherish that euphoric, heavy-lidded feeling in your body, knowing it was doing just what it needed to. It was taking great care of you and your baby
  • Birthing is a time of pleasure, there need not be fear
  • Birth should be unhurried
  • You can do this because you are doing this
  • You are so relaxed, peaceful and strong
  • Women were created to bear children with strength, endurance and joy
  • Enjoy the privilege of giving birth
  • At birth not only is a baby born but so is a mother and father and a whole new family is formed
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