Positive Affirmations

The following lines are a collection of inspirational quotes and birth affirmations.  Read through them.  If any of them speak to you, write them down and use them during birth.  Remember that you are joining a circle of women who have gone before you, and you are gaining the wisdom to share with the women who will follow after you.  Be encouraged!



I am a strong and capable woman

I trust my body to know how to give birth

I can do this contraction

My body will birth this baby

Labor pain is my friend

I trust my instincts to do what is best for my baby

I feel the love of others around me

The contractions are a way to hug my baby

My baby is strong, happy, and healthy

My cervix will melt around my baby’s head

My cervix opens like a flower, one petal at a time

I will allow my body to do the work

I can relax and feel pleasure during labor

My baby is the perfect size for my body to gently birth


Quotes for Birth

“Attending births is like growing roses. You have to marvel at the ones that just open up and bloom at the first kiss of the sun but you wouldn’t dream of pulling open the petals of the tightly closed buds and forcing them to blossom to your timeline.” ~Gloria Lemay

“There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we.” ~Ina May Gaskin

“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.” ~Ina May Gaskin

“Each baby has only one opportunity to be born” ~ Nancy Wainer

“Just as a woman’s heart knows how and when to pump, her lungs to inhale and her hand to pull back from the fire, so she knows when and how to give birth.” ~ Virginia Di Orio

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ~ Maya Angelou

‘Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason’.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.” ~ Baz Luhrmann

“If you lay down, the baby will never come out.” ~ Native American proverb

“…one cannot actively help a woman to give birth. The goal is to avoid disturbing her unnecsessarily.” ~Michel O’Dent

“When in doubt, do nothing.” ~Dr. Gregory White, Emergency Birth

“Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.”
~ William MacNeile Dixon

The first cry of a newborn baby in Chicago or Zamboanga, in Amsterdam or Rangoon, has the same pitch and key, each saying, “I am! I have come through! I belong!” ~Carl Sandburg

“You are the caretaker of the generations, you are the birth giver,” the Sun told the Woman. “You will be the carrier of this universe.” ~ Brule Sioux Creation Story

“Birth isn’t something we suffer, but something we actively do and exult in.” ~Sheila Kitzinger

The most feminine of all women’s rights: to choose where and with whom to birth. If we lose that right, what right will we ever be able to protect? ~Carla Hartley

“Birth Matters… It matters because it is the way we all begin our lives outside of our source, our mother’s bodies. It’s the means from which we enter and feel our first impression of the wider world. For each mother, it is an event that shakes and shapes her to her innermost core. Women’s perceptions about their bodies and their babies’ capabilities will be deeply influenced by the care they receive around the time of birth.” ~ Ina May Gaskin

“If a woman doesn’t look like a Goddess during labor, then someone isn’t treating her right.” ~Ina May Gaskin

“Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers. Strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength.” ~Barbara Katz Rothman

“It’s not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers that midwives see as the miracle of birth.” ~ Barbara Katz Rothman

“I have never observed even the slightest laceration in a woman who used clitoral stimulation as a relaxation method during birth. Clitoral stimulation seems to increase vaginal engorgement as the baby emerges.” ~Ina May Gaskin

“Let your monkey do it.” ~Ina May Gaskin

“Birthing a baby requires the same relinquishing of control as does sex — abandoning oneself to the overwhelming sensation and doing so in a protective and supportive environment.” ~Libby Bogdan-Lovis

“The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety.” ~Sarah Buckley

“Whenever and however you intend to give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.” ~Ina May Gaskin

“There is a sort of chemical ‘combination lock’ that starts labor.
Everything has to be lined up just right to ‘unlock’ a good labor pattern. When we interfere with that, it can be as frustrating as using the wrong combination of numbers to open a locked safe.” ~Midwife Gail Hart


Quotes for Parenting and Breastfeeding

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” ~ Elizabeth Stone

Give up your calendar and clock,
start flowing with milk time. ~Andrea Potos

“The very best environment for a baby to grow and thrive, is the mother’s body,” ~Dr Nils Bergman

“Imagine, if you will, a Super Medicine. It’s stable and palatable. It reduces and prevents multiple diseases. It reduces and prevents deaths. One dose treats two patients simultaneously. It can even be manufactured safely and legally at home. It requires no insurance coverage. It’s free to anyone who needs it. You don’t have to imagine that Super Medicine, because it already exists. Breastmilk is all that, and a whole lot more.” ~Todd Wolynn


Quotes about Maternity Care

“Informed consent is not true consent if you are not presented with the truth, if instead you are presented with fear.” ~Carol Velasquez

“If I don’t know my options, I don’t have any.”
~ Diana Korte

“Let” and “doctor” should only be in the same sentence when saying, “I got bored waiting for my lab results and the doctor let me build a fort out of waiting room chairs and paper gowns.” ~Unknown author

“Doctor, I am scared, what do I do?”
“NOTHING DEAR! You are not qualified!” ~John Cleese, Monty Python, The Meaning of Life


Biblical Scriptures

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff; they comfort me. ~Psalm 23:4

A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour has come; but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.  ~John 16:21

Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself. ~Isaiah 44:24

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~Philippians 4:6

When I am afraid, I will trust in you. ~Psalm 56:3

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. ~Matthew 19:26

He shall lead his flock like a shepherd, he shall gather the lambs in His arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those who are with young. ~Isaiah 40:11

For God did not give us the spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind. ~2nd Timothy 1:7

I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. ~Psalm 43:4


Miscellaneous Quotes

“Loving, knowing, and respecting our bodies is a powerful and invincible act of rebellion in this society.” –Inga Muscio

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.” ~Chinese Proverb

“Never take a person’s dignity; it is worth everything to them and nothing to you.” ~Frank Barron

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~Maya Angelou

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no farther than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been” ~Albert Einstein

“The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anaïs Nin

“A well-behaved woman seldom makes history” ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“If ANYTHING is sacred, the human body is sacred.” ~Walt Whitman

“The world will be changed by western women.” ~Dalai Lama

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~Gandhi

“Do or do not. There is no try.” ~Yoda

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~Dalai Lama

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.” ~Albert Einstein

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.” ~Buddha

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ~ Douglas Adams

“Appreciate everything, even the ordinary… Especially the ordinary.” ~Pema Chodron

“A woman is pregnant for nine months, she is postpartum for the rest of her life. The biochemical truth of this is good news for the healing of our planet. Postpartum women are a gentle and essential force of nature. They are full of love, and there can never be too much love.” ~Ibu Robin Lim