Birth Affirmation #7
I notice when my thoughts are fearful, and I choose to change them.
I believe when it comes to birth, women are sometimes their greatest enemy. Your mind is a powerful tool that can be used to your advantage in labor or it can be the factor that breaks you.
CHOSING to be in control and CHOSING to trust your body are key components of labor. If your thoughts do not back your choices you are setting yourself up for a battle you may have already lost.
Practice mental and emotional relaxation on a regular basis leading up to your birth to better prepare your mind. Fear will negatively affect your body in labor so eliminating it as much as possible should be a high priority for you and your birth team.
Keeping fearful thoughts away from you, both internally and externally (negative friends and family), is the best thing to do. but if they cannot be avoided it is your job to change your mind-set.
Analyze your situation and decide if your fears are rational or not. If they are not, you are the only one who can take control.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”- Ambrose Redmoon