Mary Gillett, CD(DONA)

Certified Birth Doula

Some of my clients have suggested scripture that they wish to use for focal points during labor.  For many people these are the most critically important part of labor support and strength during the experience.  Here are some suggestions in our growing list (all NIV):

John 16:21

"A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets her anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world."

Colossians 1:29

"To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, so powerfully at work in me."

God the Creator

Psalm 139:14-18 

 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
       your works are wonderful,
       I know that full well.

 15 My frame was not hidden from you
       when I was made in the secret place.
       When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

 16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
       All the days ordained for me
       were written in your book
       before one of them came to be.

 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
       How vast is the sum of them!

 18 Were I to count them,
       they would outnumber the grains of sand.
       When I awake,
       I am still with you

Psalm 8

  1 O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!
       You have set your glory
       above the heavens.

 2 From the lips of children and infants
       you have ordained praise [b]
       because of your enemies,
       to silence the foe and the avenger.

 3 When I consider your heavens,
       the work of your fingers,
       the moon and the stars,
       which you have set in place,

 4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
       the son of man that you care for him?

 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [c]
       and crowned him with glory and honor.

 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
       you put everything under his feet:

 7 all flocks and herds,
       and the beasts of the field,

 8 the birds of the air,
       and the fish of the sea,
       all that swim the paths of the seas.

 9 O LORD, our Lord,
       how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 127:3-4 

  3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
       children a reward from him.

 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
       are sons born in one's youth

Psalm 128
  1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD,
       who walk in his ways.

 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor;
       blessings and prosperity will be yours.

 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
       within your house;
       your sons will be like olive shoots
       around your table.

 4 Thus is the man blessed
       who fears the LORD.

 5 May the LORD bless you from Zion
       all the days of your life;
       may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem,

 6 and may you live to see your children's children.
       Peace be upon Israel.

Strength and Courage

Psalm 138:3 

 3 When I called, you answered me;
       you made me bold and stouthearted.

Romans 8:15 

15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

Psalm 62:5-8

 5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
       my hope comes from him.

 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation;
       he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God;
       he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

 8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
       pour out your hearts to him,
       for God is our refuge.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Joshua 1:9 

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Psalm 94:18-19 
 18 When I said, "My foot is slipping,"
       your love, O LORD, supported me.

 19 When anxiety was great within me,
       your consolation brought joy to my soul.

Psalm 118:13-14 

  13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
       but the LORD helped me.

 14 The LORD is my strength and my song;
       he has become my salvation.

Psalm 116:1-2 

 1 I love the LORD, for he heard my voice;
       he heard my cry for mercy.

 2 Because he turned his ear to me,
       I will call on him as long as I live.

Psalm 140:7

7 Sovereign LORD, my strong deliverer,
   you shield my head in the day of battle.

Psalm 3:3

 3 But you, LORD, are a shield around me,
   my glory, the One who lifts my head high.

Psalm 28:7

7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
   my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
   and with my song I praise him.

Psalm 5:12

 12 Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous;
   you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know?
   Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
   the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
   and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
   and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
   and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
   will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
   they will run and not grow weary,
   they will walk and not be faint.

Psalm 121

 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.

Some people perceive labor as "waves."  These verses are helpful for "riding" on top of each labor contractions without losing control.

Psalm 89:9 

 9 You rule over the surging sea;
       when its waves mount up, you still them.

Psalm 93:3-4 

  3 The seas have lifted up, O LORD,
       the seas have lifted up their voice;
       the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.

 4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
       mightier than the breakers of the sea—
       the LORD on high is mighty.

 Isaiah 43:1- 2 

 1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
       he who created you, O Jacob,
       he who formed you, O Israel:
       "Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
       I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

 2 When you pass through the waters,
       I will be with you;
       and when you pass through the rivers,
       they will not sweep over you.
       When you walk through the fire,
       you will not be burned;
       the flames will not set you ablaze.