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Pregnancy Art Therapy Project: Birth Affirmation Pillowcases for Labor

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This post is part of a blog series, 31 Days of Preparing for VBAC: my story of purposeful pregnancy, beautiful trial of labor after cesarean, and the healing repeat cesarean birth of my second child. To view all of the posts in this series, check out the landing page. To receive all posts in the series by email, subscribe here.

When I was pregnant with my second child and planning a TOLAC, I had a lunch meeting with my birth doula and her backup doula. The three of us met for lunch and we were talking about things I should pack for the hospital. The backup mentioned that the hospital rooms never have enough pillows, and the ones they had were flat and uncomfortable. She recommended buying cheap pillows and colorful pillow cases (so they didn’t get confused with hospital pillows), and sealing them in vacuum seal bags to take to the hospital for labor.

Pregnancy Art Therapy Project: Birth Affirmation Pillowcases for Labor

I got my pillows and plain white cases at Target (you could probably go even cheaper than that if you wanted – check Amazon). I got Crayola fabric markers at Michaels and spent an afternoon decorating and writing birth affirmations on them.

Breathe, Relax, Let Go

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pillow cases 2

Don’t Give Up, You Are Loved

(my favorite Josh Groban song)

pillow cases 3

I am calm, centered, and in control.

(This is an affirmation from the Calm Childbirth app I listened to during pregnancy.)

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I made a 4th one (not pictured) with Little Brother’s name on it.

I LOVED having these pillows. I used them during my entire labor (they were incredibly helpful for positioning once I got the epidural), as well as during my recovery stay. And I still use them every day at home for help with nursing!

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affirmations pillow cases

For those who are not artistically inclined, below are some options that you can buy!

(These are affiliate links – clicks and purchases go to support my family and this blog.)

I really love this Etsy shop that sells matching hospital gowns and pillowcases as sets! What a beautiful, practical idea!

You Got This Throw Pillow, 18x18
You Got This Throw Pillow, 18×18
Positive Affirmation Pillowcases
Positive Affirmation Pillowcases – multiple colors available
Isaiah 41:10 Pillow Case
Isaiah 41:10 Pillow Case
Philippians 4:13 Pillow Case
Philippians 4:13 Pillow Case
Just Breathe Lotus Cotton Canvas Natural Lumbar Pillow
Just Breathe Lotus Cotton Canvas Natural Lumbar Pillow
SET of 2 Pillows, Inhale Exhale Pillow, Bedroom Pillows, multiple colors available
SET of 2 Pillows, Inhale Exhale Pillow, Bedroom Pillows, multiple colors available
Bible Verse Scripture Cushion, Philippians 4.3
Bible Verse Scripture Cushion, Philippians 4.3
Inspirational Cushion Cover, Just Breathe,
Inspirational Cushion Cover, Just Breathe
Joshua 1:9 Pillow Case
Joshua 1:9 Pillow Case
Jeremiah 29:11 Pillow Case
Jeremiah 29:11 Pillow Case
Pregnancy Art Therapy Project: Birth Affirmation Pillowcases for Labor | birth affirmations & Scripture pillowcases you can buy on Etsy for use during hospital labor and delivery
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