Hi, I'm Jen! Mom of two with two very different birth experiences. I tell my story below, but first let me tell you about this amazing set of birth affirmation cards that I designed. Birth affirmations are positive statements that empower a laboring mother. This set of 16 cards offers a wide range of beautiful words and colors to focus on while you progress through each contraction. Some thoughts are simple yet comforting ("breathe in... breathe out") and others remind us of our incredible strength as women ("My body is made for this moment" and "This is hard work, but I can do it"). What is great about this set is that certain messages will speak to you when you're there in the moment. Perhaps you'll take comfort in "I am doing an amazing job" during the early stages, and as you progress into transition you might cling to "Each contraction brings me closer to my baby". These cards will become part of your birth story.
This is for 16 cards that you will receive packaged up, ready to pack in your hospital bag or give as a gift.
• I can do anything for 60 seconds • This is hard work but I can do it • My body is made for this moment • Women around the world are laboring with me • My baby and I are working together • This will not last forever • Like millions of women before me, my body knows how to birth • I am prepared for any path my birth takes • This pain is powerful but I can handle it • Love is all around me • Breathe in Breathe out • I am doing an amazing job • I will meet my baby soon • My body is capable & strong • Each contraction brings me closer to my baby • I am a badass momma bear
• Includes sixteen (16) cards
• Multicolor watercolor print with black easy-to-read font
• Blank backs
• Printed in-house on our production printer for high quality & consistency every time
• Designed in-house by our small team of designers and makers
• All designs are copyright The Ritzy Rose®
• Each card is 4 inches wide x 6 inches tall
• Rounded corners
• Printed on 110# (298 gsm) cover weight texturized white linen cardstock
MY BIRTH STORIES
When I was pregnant for the first time, I read the books and did the things to prepare for a natural childbirth. But when I was induced and experienced those pitocin contractions that were so much more severe than I could've imagined, I begged for an epidural. My experience was scary and painful.
A few years later when I was pregnant again, I planned to get an epidural as soon as they would let me. I had switched from an OB to a midwife, but she was ok with my choice. Once again I was induced, and I had them send in the anesthesiologist right away so we could make a game plan. Then my husband pulled out a set of birth affirmations from my hospital bag. I was surprised to find myself taking great comfort in statements such as "women around the world are laboring with me right now" and "I am a badass momma bear". Being reminded in that powerful and slightly terrifying moment that just like millions of women before me, my body would know what to do, was exactly what I needed to hear. The anesthesiologist popped her head back in to see if I was ready for the epidural, and I glanced at my midwife, my husband and my birth affirmations. I told her "not yet". We played a little game: with each contraction, I just said "I'll get the epidural after the next one, let me just make it through one more". Between contractions, I grabbed a new affirmation card to focus on as I rode the next wave. It turns out my body did know exactly what to do. Before I knew it, it was go time, and with the strength of millions of women I pushed out my healthy baby boy, 100% unmedicated.
One final note from me - there is one card that I think is particularly significant: "I am prepared for any path my birth takes". While it is important to jot down a loose plan, please remember that it is just a plan. We aim to serve women no matter what their birth path looks like. I've had an epidural, I've begged for a c-section, I've gone natural, I've failed at breastfeeding and I've also had a successful breastfeeding relationship. This deck of cards is meant to empower and inspire, but only you and your medical professionals can determine the best path for your childbirth experience. With all the mom-shaming out there, I just wanted to reinforce that you're beautiful and strong and even if nothing goes as planned, at the end of all this you will have your little squish to hold in your arms, and that's all that matters!! That said, please share your birth stories with us and let us know how these cards helped you through!