For some new mothers prayer is the only way to make it through those first few weeks of parenthood. Sleep deprivation and worry combine to create an environment where many mothers struggle to make it through the day. Prayer becomes a useful coping mechanism for new moms. When saying prayers around the new baby, it lays a foundation for prayer that the child may take into adulthood.
Prayer For a Baby
"Lord let me walk with You although my steps are small stay beside, hold my hand and never let me fall. Amen." This lovely prayer from catholic.org speaks to the simplicity of babies and their straightforward needs. A prayer like this one transitions well from a parent saying it for a new baby to a child learning it as one of his first prayers.
Prayer For a Mom
Stephanie Howard in "Hugs for New Moms" recommends: "When life gets tough, I am your hiding place. I'm near when you call upon Me in truth. I'll protect you from trouble, surrounding you with songs of deliverance. Give Me all your worries and watch Me sustain you and your family. No matter how bleak things may seem, I'll never let the righteous fall. And never doubt that your earnest prayers as a righteous mom are powerful and effective. Victoriously, Your Eternal God of Refuge." Sometimes a new mom has trouble finding the strength to complete even the basic tasks for her baby. Fatigue makes everything seem more difficult, but this prayer offers a glimpse of hope for those occasions.
Prayer to Saint Nicholas of Tolentino
Several patron saints of babies exist, including Brigid of Ireland, the Holy Innocents and Nicholas of Tolentino. A prayer to Saint Nicholas for a new baby may be a comfort. Salemcatholic.org recommends: "O God, source of strength and courage, you gave your beloved preacher, Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, the conviction of faith to the very end. Grace us with the ability to translate your teaching into action, remain patient amid hardship, serve the poor and those who suffer and live as your true and faithful servants. Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, pray for us."
Prayer to Saint Anne
Saint Anne, one of the patron saints of mothers, was the mother of the Virgin Mary. A prayer to her, the grandmother of Jesus, seems appropriate for difficult times. Carmelite.org offers: "Good Saint Anne, you were especially favoured by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, and thus grandmother of our Savior Jesus Christ. By your intimacy with your most pure daughter and her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the graces that we seek. Secure for us the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen."