Finally Found a Birth Affirmation for Beard Baby

by January Harshe on November 7, 2014

Being behind Birth Without Fear does effect me when preparing for my own birth(s) in many ways. Usually not positively. It’s hard to explain, but let’s say if your career is cleaning homes or being a chef, you may be too tired to want to clean your own home or cook a gourmet meal for yourself.

When I am sharing and hearing thousands of birth stories and affirmations all year and my job is to educate and inspire others…it’s hard to find that for myself.  I’m not complaining, just trying to explain.

So here I am pregnant and about to give birth for the sixth time. To be completely honest, nothing has inspired me for my upcoming birth. I have LONG labors and overall, difficult births. I had five kids in seven years and each birth was incredibly different. I’m simply tired and the last thing I want to do is be in pain or push a baby out of my vagina. Is that too honest? Nah.

Then, last night I saw this and it hit me in the gut and inspired me.

january harshe birth affirmation

Finally! For a woman who’s shortest labor was 20 hours and longest labor over 72 hours, this is was just what I needed to read. I love being inspired in unexpected ways. Sometimes a simple reminder such as, it doesn’t matter how slowly you go you as long as you don’t stop, is all that’s needed to have a shift of perspective.

No matter how this birth goes, I know that beard baby and I are going to rock it!

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Sarah K November 7, 2014 at 10:29 am

Oh how I love and admire your honesty! Praying for God to give you the strength and courage that you give to so many others. I remember telling my husband that I just didn’t know if I had it in me for my vba2c. Its amazing the strength that comes from within even when we don’t feel like its there.

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Esther L November 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm

I love that saying! My labors are long and drown out and if only I would have had this affirmation 11 months ago when I was in labor with my beautiful baby it would have helped me get through the 24 hr labor period! Well there is always a next time 😉

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Grace December 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm

I love this. I’m pregnant with #2 and I’m terrified that labor will be long like #1- 50 hours. I hate that they scared me into pitocin. I hate even more that no one told me pitocin causes jaundice in the baby- could have spared me some PPD from that knowledge and then plugging in the stupid uv lights closer to me so I could hold him more. Wow. I’m shocked at the feelings of longing for my baby that are welling up as I remember this from almost 2 years ago.

Anyway … This time I will labor at home as long as possible. I will pretty much tell no one … And might *accidentally* have this baby unassisted. I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m not married to any one plan except to be strong and trust my body and instincts.

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