Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Labor Prayers and Affirmations

Dear Father,

Thank you for this new baby. Please protect and nurture this baby and bring this pregnancy to full term.

In labor, please remove all fear and replace it with faith and anticipation. Please give those who are with the mother the wisdom to take care of mother and baby.

Please let this baby be born normal and whole, healthy and strong, at home without complications for mother and baby.

Father, thank you for hearing our prayer. We pray in the name of Him who is called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

Dear Mary, Mother of God,

You know intimately what it means to conceive, carry and birth a child. You birthed the Son of God in a manger, holding Him close to you and nursing Him.

You worked through the fears of an upcoming birth; help this mother to work through her fears.

You felt the waves of contractions pass through your body; help this mother to let the waves wash over her.

Keep this mother close to your heart and beseech Your Son to grant her a smooth, simple and safe birth and a peaceful post partum time with a good nursing relationship. Amen.

A Prayer to St. Gerard for Safe Delivery
O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted child of Mother of God, enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love.  O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, you did bear, like your Divine Master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers.   Preserve me from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which I now carry, that it may see the light of day and receive the purifying and life-giving waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Exodus 1:19
“The midwives answered Pharaoh, ‘Hebrew women (God-fearing women) are not like Egyptian women, they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.’”

Scriptures chosen by Jessica O
For you have made the Lord, the Most High, 
Who is my refuge, my dwelling place.
No disaster will happen to you,
No calamity come near your tent;
For He will order His angels to take care of you
And guard you wherever you go.
They will carry you in their hands 
So that you won’t trip on a stone.
You will tread down lions and snakes,
Young lions and serpents you will trample underfoot.
“Because she loves me, I will rescue her’
Because she knows my name, I will protect her. 
She will call on me and I will answer her.
I will be with her when she is in trouble.
I will extricate her and bring her honor. 
I will satisfy her with long life 
and show her my salvation.”
Psalm 91:9-16

My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth. 
Psalm 121:2

The Lord will guard you against all harm, 
He will guard your very life. 
Psalm 121:7

I raise my eyes to you, 
whose throne is in Heaven.
As a servant looks to the hand of her master
Or a slave girl to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes turn to the Lord our God; 
Until He has mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy;
For we have had our fill of contempt,
More than our fill of scorn from the complacent
And contempt from the arrogant.
Psalm 123

Children too are a gift from the Lord;
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
The children born when one is young 
are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.
Psalm 127:3-4

I wait longingly for the Lord; 
I put my hope in His Word. 
Everything in me waits for the Lord
More than guards wait watch for morning.
More than guards wait watch for morning. 
Psalm 130:5-6

By the actions the faith was made complete.
James 2:22b

“Will I bring a baby to the point of birth and not deliver it?” says the LORD; “or will I who deliver, close the womb?” says your God.
Isaiah 66:9

I trust my body
My body was made for this
I listen to my body and I respond accordingly
I wait on my body to direct my next breath, my next surge, my next release of breath, my next inhale.
I am connected to my infant; my baby knows my heart beat, my breathing, my voice, the feeling of my love.
My body is perfect for birthing, it grew my baby all the while I just went about my normal living.
I trust it's wisdom and knowledge.
I trust it's ancient structure, and I give birth easily and effortlessly as I trust my body to do the work.
I am celebrating myself, my life and my coming birthing day
I see myself in perfect health
I affirm myself as a good mother
I am meeting my daily energy needs, I exercise regularly, I sleep and rest, I take in good foods and plenty of water
I am accepting my birth, my body as it is, my self as a new mother
I take care with comments from others, and recognize even well wishers can inadvertently give me suggestions that might diminish my belief in myself. I take myself away from these people quickly and easily.
I learn the greatest "pattern interruption" that I have is my blessed need to use the ladies room, and I use it whenever a situation is not to my liking.
I lovingly accept my changing body
I easily recognize where stress is coming from and I learn to release that easily.
I use proper foods in good proportion that is just right for nurting this new life inside me.
I accpet that others may not be as focused as I am on the baby, and I release any concerns about what others are doing and I choose to take care of myself first.
I notice when I get tense, and I consciously relax those areas of my body.
I start with relaxing my shoulders, and breathing all the way down "to my toes".
I remind myself to relax my whole body often. 
When ever I feel tension in my back, I breathe into it, and relax.
I relax each muscle at a time.
My body is beautiful, I have a loving and caring team of professionals around me through my pregnancy and birth
My body is growing a new life inside
I am proud of my body and I  trust it.
I trust it to add all the toes and fingers and to choose the right eye colour and hair, and to make a strong heart, and lungs and body. All I have to do, is continue to breathe and my body will do all the rest!
I accept each stage of the pregancy as a new wonderful adventure.
I accept each stage of the birh as a new wonderful adventure
I accept all the states of motherhood as this same wonderful adventure
I love myself, I accept myself, just the way I am.
As I prepare for labour I remember I am in control
I trust my body, I love my body! It's just amazing! I am an amazing being.
I wait on what is best for my baby and I let my baby set the pace
My mind and body are calm
I stop my mind from running to thoughts of worry or fears, by listening to my relaxation CD's and using positive thinking as my first affirmation.
I notice when my thoughts are fearful, and I choose to change them.
I change the message of the thoughts and say the following:
"even though I'm feeling unsure, a little fearful, and a little vulnerable, even though I'm not sure of what is coming or how I will be, I totally love and accept myself and my baby".
 I feel so good about this I know it's going to empower me and I know when I've my baby iin my arms,  I will have made a personal transition in my journey as a woman. I look forward to this transtition, and I'm excited about this next phase of my life.

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