Written by Desirae Ofori.
By the time this post goes live I will be 37 weeks pregnant with about three weeks left till my due date. Honestly, I would be surprised if I made it to 40 weeks. There’s the Braxton Hicks, the jolts from baby, and other tale-tell signs that baby is coming. Plus it’s the middle of summer in Florida and I am a waddling oven! I’m at that stage of pregnancy where you’re like ‘alright, lets get this show on the road’.
My goal just like my first birth is a natural hospital birth. This time around I have a new Doctor, and we’re delivering in our local Hospital’s new Pavilion for Women and Children – and to be honest I’m excited! Knowing that my child gets to be one of the first babies in the Pavilion’s first 90 days of opening, is exciting to me. I’m also looking forward to experiencing some of the new perks. I’ve been “joking” that I want to get there in just enough time to be admitted and deliver. Can y’all believe with me for a quick and easy birth? LOL
I not only want to affirm a positive and safe birth experience for my baby and I. I also want to pray for my birth team. My birth team would include my husband, sister (she’s being brave y’all), and the medical staff (Doctor and nurses).
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I believe in the power of prayer over leaving things to chance. And so I’ve decided to pray for the entire experience and the people who will be taking care of me and Baby O. Feel free to positively pray along for us, and or borrow the prayer for your own delivery soon, or in the future. Prayer never expires and transcends time and space.
Prayer for the Doctor
Dear God, I pray for the Doctor who will be delivering Baby O. I pray that whether it is my regular OB or an on call Doctor, that you will allow the right person to be available when it’s my time to deliver. I pray that the Doctor will be in good spirits, feel peace, not in a rush, have joy in their hearts and that they will also be well rested. I pray that you will give them divine direction on what actions to take when it comes to me and baby. And I pray that they will have clarity on what steps to take when. I pray that they will be in tune with baby and I, and will not make decisions based off of “auto-pilot” mode, nor simply what they’ve always done. I pray that they will be able to hear and be intentional about helping me bring Baby O earth-side without complications and with ease. Although I pray against the need for medical interventions, I pray that each decision will be well thought out and that the least traumatic choice will be made. I pray that they will have patience with me and the baby. I pray that they will have patience with themselves. I pray that the Doctor will be more than wiling to try natural methods to help baby be born. I pray that when I bring up a concern or simply when I speak that they will truly hear what I’m saying and not prematurely dismiss my requests. I pray that I will feel peace, comfort and supported by the Doctor. I pray that the Doctor is encouraging and positive. I pray that they will feel your peace in the room. I pray that it will not be a stressful delivery for the Doctor. I pray that at the end of the delivery they will feel joy and blessed. I pray that their communication with me, and the rest of the birth team will be clear and supportive. I pray this is the best birth the Doctor will have ever delivered and experienced. Thank you God for an incredible Doctor.
Prayer for the Nursing Staff
Dear God, I pray for the Nurses that will be taking care of me and the Baby. From Triage, during labor, delivery and in recovery. I pray that I will have favor with them. That the Nurses on shift will be in good spirits, patient, peaceful, well rested and energized. I pray that they will be nurturing, understanding and clear in their communication and care with Baby and I. I pray that they are able to work well with the Doctor and each other and that they will be a team working as one for me, not against me. I pray that they will not have any tension. I pray that they will also be in tune with me, baby, and my husband. I pray that they are genuinely supportive and encouraging and that I am able to feel that support. I pray that their experience with us will be a positive one. I pray that they are attentive and look forward to coming to our room and looking after us. I pray that even when their shifts come to an end, that they will feel joy not just because it’s the end of the shift, but because they were able to have such a positive experience with us as well. I pray this is the best birth and recovery the Nurses have ever encountered.Thank you for an incredible Nursing Team.
Prayer for my Husband
Dear God, I pray for Sam that you will give him the peace, confidence and clear mind he needs to be a support for me. I pray that you will help him to speak up if and when necessary. I pray that you will calm him, if his nerves are getting ahead of him. I pray that you will give him direction on how to help me and to be a support. I pray that he will be able to feel control of his emotions in a positive way. I pray that if there comes a point where he needs reassurance, that you will be there and deliver that to him. I pray that he will be able to remain calm and level headed. I pray that he too will be energized. I pray that he will feel and know the importance of his role in those moments on the way to the hospital, during labor and delivery, and as we recover. I pray that You will give him the strength that he needs during this time mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. If at any time he starts to feel overwhelmed by his role and responsibility or what is going on – I pray that you immediately overwhelm him with your peace, comfort and reassurance that You are with us. Thank you for helping him to be the right amount of support, encouragement, and advocate for me and Baby. Thank you for an amazing husband.
Prayer for Me and Baby
Dear God, I pray for Baby and I that you will cover us during our time of labor, delivery and recovery. I pray that I will be able to remain calm and feel your peace. I pray that I will not get ahead of myself or what is presently happening. I pray that even when I enter into “the zone” that I will still be able to be level-headed and in tune with You, the Baby and my body. I pray that I will be confident in my body’s ability through the birthing process and not allow doubt to cloud my mind. I pray that I will be present and strong with the task. I pray that me and Baby O’s oxygen levels, blood pressure, and heart rate will remain steady and not go above or below the norm. I pray that I will not have any complications or difficulty with delivering him naturally. I pray that there will be no trauma to my organs and body parts as they shift, and make room for Baby O to come down and through the birth canal. I pray that my water will break on it’s own, and my body will dilate correctly and fully. I pray that I will have no stall in labor. I pray that Baby O is the perfect size for my body to deliver naturally. I pray that Baby O will suffer no injuries or bruising. I pray that after his delivery that he will breathe well on his own, be alert, able to nurse without issue, and that all of his vital readings and testings will be in the positive. I pray that my placenta will deliver without issues. I pray that I will not need any stitches, will not hemorrhage or have any type of complications after birth. Thank you for a short, easy, blessed, peaceful, calm, and exciting labor and delivery experience. Thank you for a safe delivery and thank you for my handsome and sweet Baby boy.
In Jesus name, Amen.