12 short days ago, D Day, my due date, came and went. I was sure I wouldn’t go over, not this time. My due date was super accurate. I thought for sure our little bundle of joy would make her grand appearance before or on the due date.
That’s not what happened, and as someone reminded me when my first went almost two weeks over, babies are not born on their due dates. They’re born on their birthdays.
So we got 5 additional days to finish folding the laundry that was sitting in our living room, go over a few things together, but mostly just love on and hang out with the big kids.
One thing that I got a chance to do was take some time to find some Bible verses to focus on during labor and delivery. I often say that I am good at the pregnant part and I’m an intentional mom, but those 8 hours or so I’m in labor is brutal and I’m not sure how to do it well.
For baby #1 I didn’t know what to expect, pain wise, so I studied what I could but I didn’t feel like I was prepared or had a lot of coping mechanisms for the pain during labor.
For baby #2, I determined I would pray through labor. Mostly that was me screaming for mercy and the nurse looking at me in terror.
I don’t like feeling helpless or unproductive, so I wanted a new plan, a new idea. (And I’ll totally write the birth story soon and give a more in depth look at how things were different this time.)
So for this baby, sweet baby #3, I read Redeeming Childbirth and I thought a lot of ways I could focus on something other than the pain during the contractions. I decided that I could focus on a few Bible verses to help me get through labor.
I asked the Life Around the Coffee Cup facebook fan page and had a few people help me out with verses that were encouraging to them.
In the end, these are the five I printed for delivery.
5 Verses to Focus on During Labor and Delivery
“Do not be far from me, my God; come quickly, God to help me.” Psalm 71:12
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” Isaiah 40:29
I had every intention of kind of putting them up around me and saying them through contractions. That’s because I’ve never gone into labor on my own, and am used to sitting in the hospital with thumb-twiddling time. This time I did not have that time and I really was only able to use the verses I already knew.
I would recommend that you print these at 35ish weeks and start memorizing them. You can certainly take them with you when you go to the hospital, but as a reminder, not as a new input. Trust me, new input in labor is not helpful.
And then, when I rested in between contractions I could just rest, and when I was having contractions I could repeat to myself the verses I knew in my heart. (Deut. 6:6*)
These verses were my promise that I was clinging to in the worst of the pain. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own and so I invited God into those moments to remind me of His strength, His word, and His truth.
I hope you find these verses to be encouraging and helpful on your own journey to preparing for labor and delivery. (And YES! They are all available for print. Just subscribe to the blog for access to the FREE resource library, including the ‘5 Verses to Focus on During Labor and Delivery’ printable!)
Which verses do you turn to for comfort during hard things or lots of pain? I’d love for you to share them in the comments.
*Deuteronomy 6:6 “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.”