I don't know of anything more iconic than the image of an ocean as an analogy for wideness. I also love that the waves are visible in this image; that is another common metaphor in birth for the sensation of the ebb and flow of contractions.
I encourage you to reflect on these thoughts:
- How will you create a space, or where your safe space be, so you can open wide and birth your baby?
- What kind of work do you have to do so you feel safe and enable your body to have a childbirth without fear?
Side note about this affirmation:
My work as a doula this year put me on the quest for more birth affirmations. I highly recommend the book Manifest Sacred Birth by Ishtar Blue if you are looking for a more spiritual journey through your childbearing year. It helped me find more words to share with mothers during prenatal visits, and also affirmations for them to meditate on during pregnancy and birth.
This book is a nice supplement to the "how-to" aspect of a Bradley Method® class. The author delves into the mind-body-spirit connection...here is an overview with a link to ordering information:
"Intuitive Birthing, a term coined by Ishtara, is not about right and wrong ways of birthing, but to help you access your intuition easily in order to birth how it is right for you to birth. By following the Manifest Sacred Birth Programme you can birth connected and tuned in to follow your unique body signals and intuition, so that your birth can be blissful and pain free. If you are in a “sacred” place, you hear your intuition easily so you can open your light womb up wide. When you cannot hear the inner voice, you act from a place of fear, you are “scared”. It is this fear which blocks the birth hormones from being released and prevents you from opening up your womb easily and without pain. The key intuitive birthing techniques which are an integral part of the 40-day programme include visualisation, mantra, meditation, ceremony and more, and are designed for regular practise from around week twenty of the pregnancy, but to familiarise yourself with from before that time, then to use during the actual birth itself."
To be clear, Bradley Method® does not promise a pain--free birth...we strive to teach a birthing family to have a healthy pregnancy, and we empower them with information of how the body works in labor, and offer them tools to labor without interventions. We were able to have vaginal births without the use of an epidural simply with the information we learned in Bradley classes. However, I recognize that is not enough for everyone, and this read definitely offered me better guidance as a doula who needed to connect at a deeper level with mamas since I don't have the love connection the coach shares with her.
I hope you like this affirmation - more to come from Manifest Sacred Birth in the upcoming weeks!
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