Birth Affirmations for a natural, active birth

The first time I heard about birth affirmations, I have to admit to being a little sceptical but the theory of affirmations is to say them repeatedly so they become part of your subconsicous and ultimately a natural part of your birthing relaxation.

HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method: A natural approach to a safe, easier, more comfortable birthing (3rd Edition) suggests repeating the affirmations below (amongst others) regularly throughout the last few months of pregnancy:

  • I am relaxed and happy that my baby is coming to me.
  • I am focused on a smooth, easy birth.
  • I trust my body and I follow its lead.
  • I feel confident. I feel safe. I feel secure.
  • My muscles work in complete harmony to make birthing easier.
  • I feel a natural tranquility flowing through my body.
  • I relax as we move quickly and easily through each phase of birth.
  • My baby is perfectly positioned for every phase of labor.
  • I fully relax and turn my birthing over to nature.
  • I feel my body gently sway with relaxation.
  • I turn my birthing over to my baby and my body.
  • My baby moves gently among its journey.
  • Each surge of my body brings my baby closer to me.
  • I deepen my relaxation as I move further into labor.
  • My body is at ease.
  • I welcome my baby with happiness and joy.

These are not all the suggested affirmations but I personally didn’t feel comfortable saying ones that talked about my cervix and womb but every mum to be is different and it makes sense to tailor your affirmations to the strength and confidence that you need.

I recall repeatedly saying “this is what my body is designed for” over and over again. I am quite sure that having confidence in my own body enabled me to have the birth I wanted.

Choosing the right affirmation for you is what will make them work. You have to be able to repeat them and believe in them, so that your belief becomes a reality.


Power of the First Hour : Breastfeeding saves lives campaign

The Rose Diaries are very proud to support the Save The Children : Power of the First Hour: Breastfeeding Saves Lives’ campaign

No-one forgets the first hour of their baby’s life: the excitement, the happiness and the nerves. In the midst of all this, imagine if you didn’t have any access to healthcare when your child was born? The Rose Diaries was set up to inspire and encourage women to have the birth that they want but what about those women that don’t have those choices?

For millions of mums around the world, this is reality. In the poorest countries, mothers often don’t have access to healthcare professionals who can give them the support and advice they desperately need when they’ve just had a baby. In addition, Save The Children have evidence that certain breast milk substitute manufacturers have made potentially misleading claims when advertising their products.

As a result of these and other cultural factors, mothers in these countries are often misinformed about what is best for their babies, particularly in their crucial first hour – from being told that breast milk is bad for their baby, to bottle feeding without sterile and safe equipment.

In the UK, we are always told that “Breast is Best” and breastfeeding can be the most rewarding (an exhausting) thing a mother can share with her child but we do that as a informed choice.

With your help, we could save the lives of 830,000 babies a year – that’s 95 babies every hour. You can sign our petition calling on breast milk substitute companies to always put children first.

Your donations contribute to blankets, midwife-training and life-saving antibiotics.


  • 30 seconds – Sign our petition, calling on breast milk substitute companies to always put children first.
  • 2 minutes – Follow us on social media and share our campaign link with your friends using the hashtag #firsthour

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The Rose Diaries is all about amazing and inspiring stories, so we would love you to share this campaign and inspire others to support it.