>

2 Jan 2016

Birth Affirmations*


Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely time on New Years Day and that this month brings peace at the prospect of a new beginning and new adventure. I hope it brings lots
of opportunities to dream big and work hard! I am so happy to welcome in the New Year with the arrival of a little, lovingly wrapped book through my letterbox.

This is Birth Affirmations, both written and illustrated by the talented Susan Singer. It features a series of empowering affirmations for use during pregnancy, labour and after the birth and beautiful graphite drawings illustrate the intimate moments and stages of welcoming a new child in to the world. It explores a woman's relationship with both herself and her baby, while promoting a realistic portrayal of women's bodies, based on real mothers and mothers to be.

Birth, pregnancy and later, parenting, can be scary because they are entirely unpredictable, which produces fear and stress. It can be a time of uncertainty, especially with having to adopt a 'wait and see' approach to find out if if the test is positive, if your little one is healthy, how the birth might turn out and what you might have to face after it, especially if it's not what you expected. The whole experience felt completely bizarre for me and I struggled to get my head round it and find a connection with my baby at first, especially in the newborn stages.

 Especially with the added risk of complication, pregnancy, birth and parenting can be insanely difficult at times in completely different ways, but I love the message this book carries, that it is normal to feel all of these things, as part of the rollercoaster of parenthood - and everyone's experiences are different. Singer encourages us to connect with the art of child bearing and parenting as an age old practice, letting nature take its course, reminding us that the whole experience is an entirely natural and incredible one, despite the problems that can arise. We find ourselves uniquely connected with our mothers', grandmothers' and different women across the world because we each share the experience of motherhood, in one way or another.

Singer teaches us to accept and embrace uncertainty: 'to be and to let be' or 'put faith in my body'. Since creating another human is often purely out of our control, the message is to do all that you can, but if you simply cannot do anything about it, that's normal and okay too.

"I guess an important thing to know is that the reason I wrote the book is the reason I do other forms of activism as well - to help others become empowered in their lives. My first birth in the hospital was just fine - nothing bad happened, and my son was born healthy and well.  My second birth, however, was a whole different story - since giving birth the first time, I had made lots of friends who had home births, who gave blessing ways, who used affirmations, who LOVED being a woman and a mother, who revelled in giving birth. I learned more from them than I can ever say. It was their love and support that I felt when giving birth the second time, that sorority of women who have been there before and know the way and share it with their sisters. 

 My hope is that my book will offer women the same type of support, love, direction, and empowerment. I hope it offers women a view into how birthing and parenting can be. Of course, it isn't easy and it isn't simple, and it is sometimes exhausting and overwhelming, but I found that having a picture of how it could be, created from affirmations and other women's stories, helped me tremendously. I was able to hold that image in front of me and have someplace to aim for in the midst of challenges. If my book is able to help even one woman in this way, it will have been worth writing!" - Susan Singer

My only wish is that I had discovered it earlier, to use throughout the duration of my pregnancy with Oscar. It's a wonderful companion for mums to be and those who have recently welcomed a little one in the world! I feel relaxed just reading the affirmations and the book even includes a section at back of the book and front for your own notes, affirmations and to record your birth and pregnancy stories. For a larger sample of her divine illustrations, head over to the Birth Affirmations Gallery here or visit Susan's main website at www.birthaffirmationsbook.com. 
My only actual criticism of the book is that it didn't come with huge, planet sized versions of her illustrations because they are that expressive and amazing! It's a little book I will definitely treasure and love to look over in years to come.

Do you like to collect positive affirmations? What are your resolutions for 2016? Thanks so much for your lovely comments over 2015, I've had a really fun start to blogging again. Reading them is one of my highlights! I will get back to all as soon as I can and thank you!! 

47 comments:

  1. Replies
    1. Happy New Year Pearl, thank you! :D ♡

      Delete
  2. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! you have the prettiest~ bblog ever!
    http://heeeysindy.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awww thanks so much Sindy! Happy New Year!! ♡

      Delete
  3. lovely!!!!

    http://sbr-fashion-fashion.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  4. Your photos are always so lovely!
    Happy New Year sweetheart <3

    https://katiphotographyblog.wordpress.com/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awww thanks so much Kati! Wishing you a lovely New Year! :D ♡

      Delete
  5. I love possitive affirmations! they always make me so better about myself and the world haha. Keep doing this kind of posts, I enjoy reading them :)

    Happy new year!

    www.blossomikebana.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Paula! Thanks so much, I really love them too :D there's something so calming about going through a book of affirmations, I'm so glad you liked my post! Happy New Year to you too! :D ♡

      Delete
  6. Replies
    1. Thanks so much Noortje! Happy New Year to you too! :D ♡

      Delete
  7. Hey, lovely blog!
    Wanna follow each other??

    Blog: http://missunderstoodstyle.blogspot.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Understood-Style/1404591476502298?ref=hl

    Waiting for you darling!!

    xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much, I would love to! ♡

      Delete
  8. Very interesting and beautiful post! Thank you for the pleasure of reading!
    Happy New Year! ^-^

    My blog "Demilla". Welcome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Demilla! I'm so happy you enjoyed it, and Happy New Year! ♡

      Delete
  9. Happy new year!
    Lovely post~~
    would you like to follow each other on Google Friend connect and google +?
    let me know if you follow me and i will follow you back.
    www.tomntins.com



    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Tomtins! :D I would love to! ♡

      Delete
  10. Birth Affirmations makes so proud of my body, and disturbed at what it can do. Singer created such a marvelous book to discuss pregnancy that I think everyone can enjoy. I might have to pick it up...perhaps when I'm preggos hahaha <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

    INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yup bodies are pretty powerful! Thanks so much Bash, I'm so glad you enjoyed it :D ♡

      Delete
  11. Oh that's such a lovely book and I can definitely see how it would be comforting to mothers during pregnancy :) I think affirmations ( of all kinds) can be very helpful

    Lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Marianne! Affirmations are definitely helpful and often have an immediate calming effect on the mind, without needing to delve deeper in to their meaning :D ♡

      Delete
  12. Seems like a very intriguing book. I have to say I do like the illustrations. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Carmen! So glad you liked them :D ♡

      Delete
  13. Positive affirmations are the best! I should get to using them more often. I love the detail in the pencil sketches as well!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Angelina! Thanks so much, I'm so happy you enjoyed my post :D I love reading them before I go to bed, or when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed that day xD they're really great! ♡

      Delete
  14. Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing~ Very Great post and I love your blog ^^

    Would you like to support each other by follow on GFC & G+?
    Please Let me know if you follow me. So, I can follow you right back <<

    Love xx
    Official Seol ♥

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Aiiko, I would love to! Happy New Year! :D ♡

      Delete
  15. HAPPY 2016! ♡♡ this was such a lovely post. :) thanks for sharing hehe
    xxx -nameless writing

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Happy 2016 to you too! :D awww thank you, that means a lot to me! ♡

      Delete
  16. Lovely post & photos. Happy new year!xx

    bethmay75.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awww thank you Beth, wishing you a Happy New Year too! :D ♡

      Delete
  17. Replies
    1. Haha thanks so much Stacey, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! ♡

      Delete
  18. This sounds like such a great thing! Happy New Years and all the best in 2016!

    Danielle
    http://www.blushblossom.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Danielle, I wish you a wonderful New Year and you too! :D ♡

      Delete
  19. Looks like such a great book, I love it!
    Happy new year and all the best for you and your family!

    XO, Melissa's Diary

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Melissa, that's so kind! Wishing you lots of joy for 2016, Happy New Year! :D ♡

      Delete
  20. Happy new year, seems like a great book to read if you're becoming a mother :)

    Kinkx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Elise, I only wish I'd found it sooner! Happy New Year! :D ♡

      Delete
  21. Happy new year! Such a beautiful blog!
    It will mean a lot if you check my blog

    XO Pao
    http://paoetchic.blogspot.com/search/label/en

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much Pao, that means a lot! :D of course, I would love to! ♡

      Delete
  22. Amazing post! Happy New Year! I'm following you, I hope you will follow me too ♥ http://everythinggirlneedstoknow.blogspot.ba/

    ReplyDelete
  23. This is such a lovely idea, a great gift for an expecting mum too.

    Four Cats Plus Us

    ReplyDelete

back to top