Birth partners' affirmations script for pregnancy

"Tom was brilliant at keeping me calm, using the words we had practiced to get my head focused again..." Emma, Cornwall

For pregnancy:
The benefits of reading out this script 
at least weekly during pregnancy are that birth partners are increasingly associated with an ever more familiar state of deep relaxation and confidence. This exercise can also be good for bonding, looking forward to the birth together and emphasising that they're a team.

To be read out quietly and slowly (they may listen to their birth partner hypnobirthing track for inspiration)... 
The should be open to feedback, and not be surprised if they both get the giggles at first! They can change and adapt this script as desired (ensuring that affirmations are worded positively and in the present tense, of course)...

For birth: 
As each contraction only lasts about one minute, birth partners may select a few key affirmations to say throughout each contraction, or use different ones at different times. An 'intro' or 'outro' won't necessarily be needed on the day, but as a contraction begins birth partners may first choose to say "3, 2, 1 relax" or "relax, release"

"We kept it simple, just about three lines that really helped me to focus and stay calm..." Jayne, Cornwall

Birth partner hypnobirthing script...

“Beginning this session now. Feeling more and more calm and relaxed as I count down from 5 to 0...

5..... 4.......3......2......1.... 0.... Choosing to sink deep down into hypnosis

Taking a deep breath now, breathing out and letting go of all those things you just don't need

Replacing them with confidence as you breathe in deeply and fully

Slowing down your breathing to a gentle, natural rhythm

Able to focus on my voice and absorb these positive suggestions for birth...

... Remember that your body knows how to give birth ... 

So you choose to hand control over to your body

You allow your primitive instincts to come to the surface

You relax your body, release... flow through birth

You accept all sensations...

Each one means we're one step closer to meeting our baby

We trust that our baby's birth has its own perfect timescale

You inhale deeply and fully to meet each surge, you exhale to release

Your body is loose, limp and heavy like a rag doll

Relax your face, your jaw, your shoulders release

You choose to let go of anything you just don't need 

You feel strength and confidence

You listen to your inner voice and find positions and movement that feels good

We accept whatever path our baby's birth takes, with peace

I create a safe, quiet space for you to give birth

With each surge you are more and more relaxed, at ease and focused

You ride each sensation and trust your body

You loosen, open, release

You're nurtured by those around you, quietly encouraging you... 

You're doing an amazing job

Women all over the world are birthing with you... 

You feel timeless strength and courage

There is nothing you need to do except breathe, relax, listen to your body

You allow love hormones to flood through you, wash over you

When the time is right, you surrender to increasingly powerful downward sensations

You meet the different energy of transition with courage and acceptance

We'll soon meet our baby!

You're doing such a great job

You breathe down to your belly and our baby

Or you can let go and roar our baby down!

You're open to all the different rhythms of the birth journey

Dig deeper down, even more focused

Your tissues naturally fan out and give way to make room for our baby

Our baby crowns with ease

We welcome our baby with open arms

[Run through the affirmations again if you want to extend the length of this hypnosis session]

Now in a moment we'll finish this session. So [unless it's time to go to sleep] coming up now on 1.... 2.... 3.... 4....and 5, eyes open [or] 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... drifting off to sleep"