An important action to take, in manifesting your desired birthing experience, is to write, in detail, the story of your labor and delivery as you desire and intend it to be. Here’s a sample script from one of my clients.
Script by Margaret
Early labor comes on gently at night. I awaken with contractions and I am excited. I wake my husband up and tell him I think this is it. He smiles and helps me go back to sleep with a soothing massage and a cup of tea or a glass of my favorite wine. We tell our baby to prepare for the long day ahead and to go to sleep while I sing him a lullaby. Listening to a meditation tape helps me manage the waves and I go back to sleep for a few hours. In the morning, we go to my favorite breakfast place for chocolate chip pancakes. Every once in a while, I have to stop to manage a contraction. They are mild and it is easy to do. I feel so happy and a little apprehensive, so I discuss it with John. He tells me he is confident I can do it and allows me to feel my feelings. We leave the restaurant and go to the beach for a walk. The morning air is crisp and the colors are beautiful. I can hear the roaring of the waves and I take deep breaths of fresh air. When the contractions come, I put my arms around John and we slow dance. I feel so proud and lucky to have such a wonderful companion with me. John is such a trooper. I know he is scared, but he has great self-control and he is my rock. We return home and I get into the tub, as John calls the midwife and my doula. When it’s time to push the baby out, I simply stay in the tub and our child peeks his head out effortlessly. I reach for him and place him on my bosom. I look at him in awe, he is mine, I can’t believe it!
Details are important, but even more are the feelings you experience when you read your story. You are setting your intentions and taking action toward the goal of a natural and painless childbirth.
Once this vision is written, read it to yourself. Some of my clients have recorded themselves reading their stories and listen to them on their iPods as they go for their daily walk. Remember, once it is written, you can always modify it, embellish it, and rewrite it.
If you prefer, you can draw or paint the perfect birthing experience. Be sure to use color to show the atmosphere that will surround you, draw the people that will be there, and infuse the canvas with your feelings. Hang it up somewhere in your bedroom and as you look at it, feel the joy and ease of your upcoming birth.
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