Bible verses for labor, anyone?

Not that I need them just yet, but you never know!

Do you have any favorite passages you like to meditate on during labor?  I’d love to have a list in the comments so I can find them when the time comes.  If you don’t mind, please copy the scripture itself into the comment for me (Bible Gateway is a good place to get the text) so I won’t have to go look for it, and feel free to say why that particular verse or passage is special or appropriate to you during labor.

I’m feeling much more ready to have and meet this baby – not just in terms of having things prepared, but also more ready to face labor and delivery.  Overall, I’m having very little false labor, far less than usual at this stage, but last night I was awake for several hours with minor contractions, and found myself hoping that it might be real labor.  This is a huge shift from the apprehension I’ve been fighting for the past weeks, and I’m so thankful that God is preparing me.  He always does; I don’t know why I let it worry me each time!

Now I’m just wondering how far into my traditional 2 week window of eagerness I am.  Did it start when I began to think a lot about labor, with my May 17 Baby on the Brain post?  That would mean I might very well deliver on Memorial Day, which would thrill me.

Or did the countdown just begin over the last day or two?  That could mean that I’ll be up to 2 weeks late, longer than I’ve ever gone before.  That wouldn’t be terrible since the heat bothers me more when I nurse a newborn than it does during pregnancy.  I wouldn’t mind getting just a bit more of the summer behind us before delivering, though I really am getting eager to meet this little one.

Now don’t forget: what’s your favorite labor verse?  Share, please!


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  1. Hello! My name is Amy. I am a Christian, a wife and a mother of two beautiful baby girls (so far). I found you blog via Pinterest and have been reading your birth stories and just had to tell you what a HUGE encoragement they have been to me!! I had a very hard time giving birth to my first baby. I went way past my due date so my doctor induced. 18 miserable hours of labor. 8 of which I experienced intense back labor and four + hours of pushing!! We had planned a natural in hospital childbirth all along and although I had to be induced I still gave birth without the use of any pain meds. Anyways needless to say I was really scared that I would always experience traumatic childbirths after that but we were very pleasantly surprised when our 2nd daughters birth( just 14 months after our first was born) was a fantastic and wonderful experience. Very painful of course but wonderful! She was also born in the hospital but I went into labor on my own, labored at home for most of it and our little Maelynn was born (completely natural with the help of my midwife) not even one hour after we arrived at the hospital. No monitors, IVs or anything! I even got to catch her and lift her to my chest myself! Such a huge answer to prayer her birth was! Anyways all that to say ever since our second daughters birth I have been wondering if it is possible that I could have another wonderful childbirth experience or if our next one might be as horrible as my first. Your birth stories have given me great hope that I can have another good birth experience! It doesn’t have to be a one time thing! I can’t tell you what an encouragement that is to me. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful childbirth stories. May God continue to bless you and your lovely family!

  2. This was mine for the labour of all 3 of my sons. I would quote it through but the closer it got to birth the quote became simply ‘hills!’.

    Psalm 121
    A song of ascents.
    1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
    2 My help comes from the LORD,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

    3 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
    4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

    5 The LORD watches over you—
    the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
    6 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

    7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
    8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

  3. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
    2 Corinthians 12:8
    I’ve only been through it once, but this one was awesome for me. In the form of this song:

  4. Job 23:1 Then Job answered and said,
    Job 23:2 Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.
    Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
    Job 23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.
    Job 23:5 I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.
    Job 23:6 Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.
    Job 23:7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.
    Job 23:8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:
    Job 23:9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:
    Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
    Job 23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
    Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
    Job 23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.
    Job 23:14 For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.

  5. The 23rd Psalm got me through my second pregnancy…the first one I was too freaked out to think about anything but the pain and the third one I was being too much of a wuss and thinking about pain meds instead…

    With breathing and saying the 23rd psalm I don’t think I would’ve done as well as I did and this was the only one where I didn’t have some form of pain medication…The poor thing was nearly born in the hospital lobby!!

    1 The LORD is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.
    2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
    He leads me beside the still waters.
    3 He restores my soul;
    He leads me in the paths of righteousness
    For His name’s sake.

    4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil;
    For You are with me;
    Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

    5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
    You anoint my head with oil;
    My cup runs over.
    6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    All the days of my life;
    And I will dwell[a] in the house of the LORD
    Forever.

  6. Psalm 27:14
    Wait on the LORD:
    be of good courage,
    and he shall strengthen your heart:
    wait, I say, on the LORD.

    All my babies have been overdue – the last one was 15 days late!
    Jean

  7. I’m so glad you are doing this…maybe I’ll be able to use some of these soon too! One thing that kept going through my head at church on Sunday (was in the music, readings, etc) was that I need to ‘cast out all fear.’ I always pray for strength and grace, but because of a few things I think I needed to be reminded to cast out all fear! Things will work out fine; they are not in my hands anyway.

    Thanks for all your advice on SM and Strep B. I’m anxiously awaiting your birth story and mine too! :)

    Heather

  8. I’m always surprised to find my favorite absent from most “labor scripture” lists. Actually, it’s in my mind ALWAYS during those last weeks. Anything but comfortable, those days!!

    Romans 8:18 (King James Version)

    For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

  9. PS: I don’t recall there being a known author for the poem/prayer above.

  10. A poem/prayer I saved from my previous labor…

    On the Approach of Childbirth

    The hard, painful hour of delivery draws near,
    And in the midst of the pains and fears
    That course through me
    This fervent prayer rises from the depths of my soul-
    May it ascend to you, Eternal Parent!
    With every pain, with every pang that seizes me,
    My words die on my lips.

    Only your name, LORD, remains alive on them
    They utter this cry alone: LORD, my God!
    You who are my shield and my protector,
    My comfort and my rescue,
    The one who dampens my fears and my fright,
    The one who embraces me in hope,
    The one who is my strength-
    Oh, as I raise my tearful eyes up to you, Parent of All,
    May it draw your compassion down to me.

    Let your mercy shelter me,
    So these birth pangs do not overtake me,
    So I am able to ear them with courage and strength.
    Oh, that your parental grace
    Might guide me safely and securely
    Across this awesome threshold.
    All-Compassionate One, shorten my suffering.
    Let me soon achieve the joyous goal of this labor-
    Let me soon enjoy a healthy, strong baby.
    LORD, do not now recall
    All my sins and missteps in life!
    Forgive me and pardon me now
    For all my failings before you.

    In your compassion and mercy, may it be your will
    That I give life to a precious new being.
    Preserve my life, and be with me,
    For all my hope and trust rests in you. Amen.


    Before she labored, she was delivered;
    Before her pangs came, she bare a son!
    Isaiah 66:7

  11. I just had Lucy on Thursday and meant to prepare a few verses to have ready but forgot about it. But right at the end when I was tired of pushing, my midwife reminded me that “I can do all things through Christ!” (Phil 4:13) and that was a huge encouragement. Plus it is short and easy to remember when your brain is distracted :-)

  12. (Peeking in from our media fast, because you might have your new little one before we’re join back in June!)

    I had three 4×6 cards, each one with a verse on it:

    Psalm 84:11-12
    For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
    the LORD bestows favor and honor.
    No good thing does he withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.
    O LORD of hosts,
    blessed is the one who trusts in you!

    Isaiah 41:10
    Fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
    I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    Psalm 34:4
    I sought the LORD, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.

    While I was still laboring in my room, I asked Keilah to tape them up where I could see them in the birthing room (a.k.a. laundry room) where the pool was set up. She ended up taping them directly to the pool, above the water level, so when I got in, they were directly at eye level.

    Definitely His word is a god-send!!

  13. Ok, I am not a mom (yet) I am not even married (yet) but when my aunt had her first and second babies I told her my favorite verse, and she liked it, and said it helped.
    John 14:27
    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you; let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
    I LOVE that one. The context is Jesus sending his disciples out. After the resurrection.

  14. I always end up in Isaiah when I’m fearful. This verse was constantly in my head both before and during my most recent labor.
    Isaiah 41:10
    So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
    I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  15. I just blogged about this and how it helped me to hear my children’s recorded voices reading the verses during labor.

    Some of my favorites:
    Psalm 3:3-5, “But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. 4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.”

    Psalm 8:3-6
    3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
    4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
    5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
    6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

    Remembering that the all powerful God walks with me and strengthens me every contraction along the way. Such power in His words! Praying for you.

    ~Erin

  16. Jasmine says:

    I don’t have a specific verse to share, but did want to share what helped during my last birth which was at home. When I started going through transition and didn’t feel like I could make it anymore, I asked my husband to pray out loud for me. Hearing his voice lift me up to the Father and knowing that He heard those prayers helped get me through the toughest part of labor.

  17. Some have already mentioned them, but I liked

    Philippians 4:13
    I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    and

    Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.”

    They are pretty much my verses for life in general, so why not labor, too??

  18. Bethany says:

    I don’t usually have a Bible verse that I pray, although I do end up praying a very simple prayer as labor progresses: “Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus help me.” I know it’s funny, but I really do believe He hears even the simplest of our prayers, if we can’t focus on anything but that. Also during labor, I take comfort from this fact: Thousands – no millions, billions? – of women have done this before me. So I can do it too!

  19. Proverbs 3:5-6

    5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

    For me labor is always tough. When I remember that The Lord is with me and I trust Him that all is going exactly as it should then I feel peace.

  20. For my last one I loved the verse:
    “The Lord is my …deliverer” Psalm 18 v2 (The whole verse is “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.”)

    I know I took it in a different context to what was originally meant but I do still believe that ultimately it is God who delivers my babies.

  21. When I was in labor with Johnny (who, by the way, was 6 lbs. 5 oz. at birth…and lemme tell ya, that’s itty bitty!), I had a few hymns/calls to worship go through my mind.

    Here are a few that I remember singing inside. They’re slow and sometimes can be the length of a contraction which is great! You may not know ‘em, but Google ‘em or find them on YouTube! Here are links to lyrics.

    Here I am, Lord http://www.hymnlyrics.org/mostpopularhymns/here_i_am_lord.html

    Surely The Presence http://www.higherpraise.com/lyrics/cool/s/2997.htm (I didn’t know this one had a second/third verse, but I like em!)

    Spirit of the Living God
    http://gospelyrics.blogspot.com/2007/09/spirit-of-living-god.html

  22. While I’ve never been through labor your anticipation reminds me of how expectant we should be waiting on the Lord.

    “Wait on the Lord” in the Bible: Psalm 27:14
    God’s timing is different than ours–He operates on a completely different scale than we do. It can thus sometimes seem like He is slow to act or to intervene where He’s needed. But we are encouraged here to be patient, confident that the Lord will act in His good timing

  23. I know you don’t know me :-) but God put you on my heart today and I thought of you and prayed for you throughout the day.
    One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:6-7
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

    I like this verse because it tells us what our defense is…the peace of God that guards our hearts and it tells us how to get that peace- by taking everything to Him in prayer.

    Not sure it helps with your labor, but just thought I would share. :-)

  24. (Reposting from Facebook)

    Isaiah 66:9 (also out of context!) “Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.”

    I love this, because I can remember that I WILL get through the labor.

  25. I know this is a common one but with number 6 during my 45 minutes of pushing I kept saying, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  26. Leah V. says:

    I had dreaded labor pretty much my whole life, but these verses were a great encouragement to me, and God gave me the strength that I didn’t think I had, and my beautiful baby girl was born!
    2 Cor. 12:9-10 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
    And then also Isa. 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
    This one is maybe not as obvious to some, but it really spoke to me. People talk about contractions coming in waves, so that was the “waters” in the verse, and then I’d heard when the baby crowns described as a “ring of fire.”
    Maybe it’s just me, but you asked. ;)

  27. I dont have a bible verse but I prayed the Rosary, and that really keeps your mind off the pain,also it has a calming effect! you dont have to be catholic and you dont need the rosary beads either but you do need to know how to pray it!

  28. I know it’s really out of context, but during my last labor, I couldn’t help repeating over, and over , and over: “Consider it all joy, when you encounter various trials…” James 1:2

    The rest of the statement is, “Consider it all joy, when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.” James 1:2-3

    As labor progressed eventually all I was saying is, “Consider it all joy, consider it all joy, consider it all joy….”

  29. “Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.”-1 Timothy 2:15

    This is what I tell myself when I’m starting to get freaked out and feel like perhaps the baby should/will just stay put indefinitely.

  30. Oops – I forgot to mention my favorite verse for labor.

    Isaiah 26:3 – “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.”

  31. Michelle says:

    Hi Kim,

    Before I had my most recent baby, I kept coming back to this blog:

    http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2009/08/scriptural-encouragement-for-preparing-giving-birth.html

    Wonderful verses to meditate on and lots of encouragement. During my pregnancy I read it several times with my Bible on my lap, then printed it out and took it along to the hospital on the big day. :-)

    God bless,
    Michelle

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