22 Helpful Scriptures for Labor and Delivery

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Labor is hard and intense. Here are 22 Scriptures for labor to meditate and focus on during contractions as you bring your little one into the world.

Preparing for labor and delivery can be both an exciting and challenging time for expectant mothers. In moments when strength, courage, and peace are needed most, turning to the comforting and empowering words of Scripture can provide immense support.

From moments of doubt to moments of sheer joy, let these words of faith and hope uplift your heart and mind. You’ve got this, and with these scriptures by your side, you’re equipped with the power of positivity and the unwavering presence of something greater.

With my first labor, I tried so hard to have a natural birth, but in the end, I couldn’t relax and asked (okay, BEGGED) for an epidural.

One of the things I tried doing was listening to music. I quickly learned though that I can’t stand music with lyrics while laboring. Who knew?!

Scriptures for labor and delivery

If I can’t listen to lyrics, I decided that maybe I could read or meditate on Scripture verses. So I started a list of Scriptures for labor to help me focus and stay centered as I brought our little one into the world.

While I don’t mind quiet, relaxing music in the background while laboring, I really want to focus on Scripture this time around. For my last two labors, I listened to Hidden in My Heart. It was great! But there are lyrics during some songs, and those made me feel crazy. Ha!

I remember seeing someone who had friends and family write out words of encouragement and Scriptures for labor on cardstock for her to hang around the room while she labored. I thought that was a terrific idea! They could even be hung up as decoration after birth.

Not sure you want Scripture verses but would love positive affirmations for pregnancy and birth? Hilary from The Pregnancy Nurse has you covered with her Positive Affirmations For Birth & Conception.

For our fourth baby,  I wrote out Scripture to read and meditate on while laboring with little Miss. Scripture is God-breathed and empowering. I couldn’t think of a better way to bring our daughter into the world than to meditate on Scripture during the process of getting her here.

Scriptures for Labor and Delivery

Philippians 4:6-7

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me

Psalms 127:3

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Psalms 139:13-14

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Isaiah 26:3

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

1 Peter 5:7

casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Hebrews 10:35-36

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

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Psalm 40:1

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 119:165

Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.

Jeremiah 1:5, 8

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”

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.

Colossians 1:11

being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;

Scriptures for labor

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted, but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

More Scripture Verses For Labor and Delivery

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Psalms 54:4

Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.

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.

James 5:13

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Ephesians 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

1 Peter 5:7

casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 10:35-36
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

James 1:2-6

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

22 scriptures for labor and delivery

As you embark on this incredible adventure, embrace the comfort and reassurance these scriptures provide. Let them guide you through the waves of labor, reminding you of your inner strength and the miracle of new life. Soak in the wisdom, breathe in the peace, and trust in the divine plan that unfolds before you. You are ready and equipped with the powerful scriptures that will uplift you throughout this transformative experience.

May your journey be filled with love, joy, and the blessings of scripture.

Did you meditate on Scripture during your labor and delivery? What Scripture for labor did you find most helpful?

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  1. I love this! My first was similar. I don’t regret getting the epidural but I am really preparing myself this time around and have been practising hypnobirthing techniques but I was thinking how wonderful it would be to do hypnobirthing but with my peace and hope stemming from Christ and scripture rather than merely positive thoughts. Thank you for putting this list together!

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