Focusing on the labor and birth of your baby during pregnancy leaves many women unrehearsed for the “Fourth Trimester” and beyond. The postpartum period is a time that many women struggle with bonding, feeding, sleeping and giving themselves basic needs for an overall healthy transition into motherhood.
Continuing to speak affirmations over yourself after birth is beneficial in building positive mental health for both you and your baby. Below are several powerful affirmations that will encourage you as embark on your new journey.
I am a strong and capable parent.
I am able to balance all of my responsibilities with ease and grace.
My body will continue to heal.
I am making the best choice for my baby.
Challenging does not mean impossible.
I am so much stronger than I think.
I will take this one moment at a time.
I will try my best to enjoy the process.
I am doing the best I can with what I have.
My baby is being nourished by me.
I will listen to advice given but listen to my intuition above all else.
I am rockin’ this mom bod and I look beautiful.
I allow my tribe to surround me with love and support.
I honor and respect the instinct inside me.
My baby is a different human than someone else’s baby.
I know what my baby needs.
I trust the divine development of my baby.
My baby and I share a sacred bond.
Patience is the first lesson I am working on as a mother.
I will take the time for self-care today.
I will lean into my partner when I need help.
I will choose to be kind to myself.
I am beautifully and wonderfully made.
No one else can mother my baby better than me.
I can freely choose how to parent my baby.
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The first 60 minutes after your baby is born are remarkably beneficial for bonding and attachment between mama and her new babe. What is the golden hour exactly? How can you maximize attachment and bonding in this hour? How long should skin-to-skin be established before those medical tasks and procedures are performed? These questions all point to this golden hour and its magical luster.
Congratulations! Your baby has been born. You have finally gotten a chance to gaze in their eyes for the first time after feeling all the pregnancy symptoms and baby’s movements. You are on the other side of labor and it feels so incredibly relieving.
That uninterrupted contact between mother and baby during the “golden hour” after birth is critical to the child’s growth and development. In the past, often times, the baby was whisked away from mother to perform all the essential procedures such as weight, bath, vaccinations (if consented by parents), diapering and swaddling. Mom would be waiting to receive her new bundle back once tasks were performed. Health care providers now understand and know that the more skin-to-skin mom can have with baby immediately after the birth, the better chance of bonding the mother will have and also the better overall experience the family will have as they embark on their new parenting journey.
The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends the following guidelines:
So what exactly are the benefits?
Expectant mothers can talk to their care provider about the standard procedures for this postpartum period. Your birth plan can also include these 60 minutes immediately following birth. Every mother and baby should have a chance to experience their “golden hour.”