Meditations for Childbirth

Finding your sources of strength will be easier for some women than others. The following list of words is given to help you find your strength. It is not necessarily easy, and it may not always be quick. But working through the questions in this section will strengthen you in powerful ways.

To begin, read the list of words, and select the word that means the most to you. This will be your starting point, so read the accompanying page for that word first. Read the meditations for your word, stopping to reflect at each point. Take some time to meditate on the questions for your word, writing your answers in a journal.

Please be aware, you will get out of this exercise what you put into it. Give yourself time to really dig into the words that catch your attention. You will probably want a quiet place to be alone, it is normal for this exercise to expose very powerful emotions. You may find going over what you wrote in your journal with a trusted friend makes this exercise even more powerful.

Answer

Believe

Care

Change

Choose

Develop

Enjoy

Feel

Grow

Honor

Improve

Journey

Know

Learn

Listen

Move

Notice

Open

Prepare

Quiet

Relax

Risk

Share

Trust

Understand

Variety

Wait

Yield

Word Choice Journal Exercise

What words draw your attention?

Why do you think those words are most interesting to you?

What events in your past come to mind when you say those words?

What hopes for your future do those words represent to you?

If you chose more than one word, how are those words related to each other?

How do the words you chose reflect your expecations for the birth experience?

Have your birth partner(s) select up to three words. How do the different words selected reflect different expectations of the birth experience?