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Sometimes prayer is formal.  Sometimes it is very casual. Sometimes it is spoken. Sometimes it is silent. Sometimes it is simply a gentle touch. Over my years of working as a midwife, I have found prayer to be more and more useful. Here are some of my default prayers, the words that come to me again and again. I hope you find them useful.


Circumstantial Prayer

May the best thing happen

(while silently acknowledging that do not have a clue what is truly best) 


Situational Prayer

Let me see what I need to see

Hear what I need to hear

Say what I need to say

Know what I need to know

Do what I need to do

(then, a deep, slow breath)


Prayer for Enemies*

May she be healthy, happy and safe

May all those that she loves be protected from harm

May our relationship be healed

(pronouns to be changed as needed)


Midwife’s Prayer

As the head of a birthing baby bows to its mother, so Good Lord, I bow to you.

Let me be born, humble and new, bending my Self to Your Will. 


Best Prayer Ever

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you so very much.


May all babies be born into loving hands


*The word ‘enemy’ has many definitions. I have adopted this term to describe people in my life where the relationship has intense tension or discord.