Birth Like An Athlete


Athletes do it. They focus on their mental and physical state in preparing for a sports event. They are clear-headed and focused on the goal and what they want to accomplish. There is an ending – the finish line, breaking a record, and the reward – a trophy.

Whatever it is, they train for it and feel the pain. Yet the vision of reward, accomplishment, and success keeps them going to the end. These three magical words “I did it” confirms their commitment to be triumphant – a winner regardless of the outcome.

Oh that feeling of success is so powerful and sweet.  It’s even been observed in the eyes of women who birthed their babies. New moms have been known to jump up and down on their post partum hospital beds shouting “I did it!”

Even so, many women are fearful of childbirth because of the “pain” associated with it.

There needs to be a new, refreshing, childbirth philosophy in the minds of expectant women to morph the “fear of pain” into a confident “I can do this” attitude.  Where “pain” is not the focus, but the outcome is – a baby.

Certain aspects of an athlete’s lifestyle and their preparation for a physical event, could be the model to implement to prepare for childbirth.

  • focus
  • physical training
  • mindset
  • using the power of imagination to “see” the outcome


Birth bold, Lesly :-)



Lesly Federici

Lesly Federici is an experienced Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse (RN), She's been teaching childbirth education for over 15 years. She currently teaches Mindful Meditation to expectant couples. Lesly is also the creator of the Birth Bold: Power Attitudes for Childbirth and Everything Else Going On in Your Life, podcast. Leslynotes has been helping women globally prepare for childbirth online since 1998. Contact her, she'd love to hear from you!

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