Preparing for Childbirth: 12 Scriptures of Comfort & Encouragement

Preparing for Childbirth: 12 Scriptures to Encourage & Comfort - Growing in His

This is an update to my original post published April 9, 2012, as we awaited our third daughter’s arrival. I’ve added 2 more verses & created printable scripture cards for you to print out.

In many ways, this pregnancy is similar: the fears about labor and delivery are the same. Once again, I’m preparing myself mentally through scripture memorization. God’s Word comforts and gives peace if we meditate on it instead of on our anxieties & fears. I hope this post encourages & blesses you in your own childbirth journey.

As I count down the weeks to the anticipated arrival of our newest addition–Anna Elizabeth {Annabeth}–I am preparing for natural childbirth like I experienced with our oldest daughter, Kate.

One way I am preparing mentally and spiritually for the exhausting and grueling demands of labor and delivery is by selecting and memorizing scriptures. God’s Word does more than just provide guidance and direction, it also comforts, encourages, energizes, and lifts up the weary.

Here are twelve verses from the Bible that I have jotted down on note cards to help me as I prepare for labor. I plan to meditate and pray on them during the different phases of childbirth, from the easy contractions early on, to the mounting, seemingly never-ending rushes of the latter stages of labor, to the challenging but exhilarating time of delivery, and finally through the beautiful moment of our daughter’s birth.



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My plan is to keep these scripture cards close by as I labor.  In doing so, I believe I will be better able to endure and appreciate this childbirth experience.

I have found that clinging to the Word of God during moments of fear, pain, and sheer exhaustion, during trials and challenges that seem insurmountable, has been a source of strength and hope, helping me to accomplish what I never could do alone. Knowing that my God will never leave me nor forsake me is a source of peace for me.

What are your favorite scriptures that help YOU through the difficult times of life?


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  1. This is fabulous! I had a natural birth with my daughter and plan on having another with our next child (whenever we are blessed with him/her). It most certainly was grueling yet exhilarating! I’m bookmarking this post so I can work on memorizing these as well. They’ll be so useful for all the trials that come up in daily life and maybe I’ll even end up using them while laboring in the future 🙂 Congrats on your little blessing and I wish you the best!

  2. This is a wonderful idea Keri =)
    I worked as a midwife for a few years and know these will be so precious to you during that time (as you know from having your first little girl) =)
    I clung to Psalm 40 when I am going through a hard time and everything feels like a struggle.
    Much Love,

  3. Hi Keri this is my first time here, I blog over at Becoming a Strong Woman of God, I found you through my sweet friend Time-Warp Wife. What a great list to meditate on. You are right clinging to Gods word in times like this show us just how much we need Him through our walk!! God bless!!

    • Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Sonya. I agree completely. If it weren’t the Bible, I don’t know where I would be during the good and the bad. Glad you stopped by and hope you come again soon! Blessings to you.

  4. Thank you for sharing. These are beautiful. I hope bringing your little one into the world goes well.

  5. Oh wonderful I’m going to have to mark these as I prepare for October!

  6. Very timely! I am due >12 weeks with BabyGirl #2. Thanks so much!

  7. I have not been through labor yet, but I can see how wonderful this will be to have as a tool during the process. The Lord’s word is powerful and He will give you the strength! -Nicole @ Working Kansas Homemaker

  8. HI, I really like this and I’m pinning it for future reference. I plan on trying to birth my next child naturally… but I’m super scared! but on the other hand, I know that God designed the woman’s body to do this, and even though it will be painful it is something I want to experience to know the fullest that I can of that part of motherhood. These will definitely be in my list of verses to meditate on in that process. I’m curious… do you do water birth or anything or use a hospital or at home? I’m trying to decide what route I want to go because we are currently trying for baby number 3. I’m trying to prepare my mind in advance, lol.

    • I completely agree that childbirth is something almost every woman is capable of doing. It’s part of God’s design and plan. Yes, a natural birth is not without pain, but the feeling of empowerment and accomplishment is incredible!

      I have never had a home birth or water birth, but use a midwife at a hospital. My sister-in-law has delivered all but one of her 4 children at home with no problems. I’m just a scaredy cat.

      Best of luck to you!

  9. This is great! For the my last two pregnancies and deliveries I went through a couple different pregnancy devotionals and I put scriptures on index cards in 3 different categories – pregnancy, labor, post-partum. For labor, I really only memorized a few, but they definitely helped, and I also put them up on the walls on regular size paper so I could see them easily. When is your little one due?

    • Great ideas, Sarah! I love how you divided up your scriptures. I’m curious as to what pregnancy devotionals you did. I’ve never seen any.

      I’m due the first week of May.

    • I did not use this list during labor but I am definitely meditating on these verses and encouraging myself with them in these days after giving birth. The Holy Spirit truly is a Help and a Comforter. Thanks for sharing, blessings on your family!!

  10. Keri,

    Thank you so much for this encouragement. Meditating on Scripture is an important tool. I’ve written each of these down on index cards and intend to dwell on them. I’m not due (I’m not even married), but when the time comes, hopefully I’ll have established the habit of knowing Who to turn to and how to turn to Him. Thanks again!

  11. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for sharing this. A friend sent it to me and I find it very helpful. God bless.

  13. I am sitting here 31 weeks pregnant sobbing over these verses! I will be using these during labor and delivery! Thank you so much for posting these! I cannot tell you the peace I feel at this moment! This has been a very trying pregnancy and I really needed this encouragement! Again, thank you!

    • Bless you, Wendie. I’m so glad you can find peace in God’s Word. It’s the only place we can lean when life is tough. Praying God’s richest blessings on you as you prepare for your new little one.

  14. Thank you so much for these great scripture verses. I am having a hard time dealing with nausea and vomiting but I will cling more to these verses and God’s word. These verses are comforting and will do my best to memorize them. God bless you and thank you,

    • Oh, Melisa, I can relate to those same struggles. I’m just now getting through the nausea and vomiting of first trimester pregnancy, and it is such a challenge. I leaned on those verses but especially clung to Romans 5:3-4. Your suffering produces perseverance and perseverance, character and character, hope. I pray that you will feel better soon and that God will bless you in your sufferings.

  15. One of my favorite verses is Psalms 32:7 “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

  16. What an incredible idea- for each of my two girls, I had worship music playing in the background, but didn’t do anything with verses. I think I’m going to do this for our future kiddos. Thanks! Following you now on bloglovin!
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    • Worship music is a great idea! I’ve always listened to instrumental classical music during labor, but perhaps this time I’ll make a playlist of both! Worship music can be so inspiring and motivating, something I need when labor is wearing me out.

  17. These are wonderful. I pinned them for the future. I might also add parts of the first chapter of Genesis talking about the creation and reminding me that having children is a part of that great creation.
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  18. Saw these verses on the day my labour pains began that is 38 hours ago and believe they did a wonderful job, esp Phillipians 4:13, as the pains intensified I kept saying, I can deliver this child through God who gives me strength, yes I know you with me God and in no time my boy was born. Thanks so much for the scriptures…

  19. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing this resource! Due in a week in a half and definitely going to print these for my walls. 🙂

  20. Am glad I got these scrptures my friend is in labor right now will share with her.thank u for your encouragement ladies.

  21. I would love to download the free printable. I am already a subscriber and every time I go to the freebies page, it says to enter a password?! I don’t have a password to enter! Please help!

    • Hayley, I’m sorry you didn’t receive the subscriber password. I’ll have to figure out what’s going on there! Anyway, I will email you the password so check your email!



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