When touring the birth centre on Monday (more to come on that), the midwife mentioned that many couples using hypnobirthing print out images or words to put on the wall during labour. I love the idea of having positive images to focus on and immediately Googled ‘hypnobirthing images’ when I got home. I found these beautiful mantras (from trustbreathebirth.com.au) that really spoke to me:
The ‘I trust birth’ image is particularly poignant for me. During a yoga class earlier on in my pregnancy, the teacher told us to ‘Trust in your body, trust in your baby’, and ever since that class this has become my mantra whenever I have felt overwhelmed or anxious about the birth.
I know it won’t take all of the pain away, but it will take away my mental anxiety, which I have no doubt contributes to much of the pain women feel during labour.
From now on, I shall both listen and trust my body. It knows how to grow, build and host a baby; I’m pretty sure it knows how to birth one 🙂
Do you have a hypnobirthing mantra? I’d love to hear it.