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I have never been more grateful or more aware of the power of ritual as during my pregnancy, birth and journey into motherhood.
Mother Blessings and Blessingways
Pregnancy is a time unlike any other. While baby showers often emphasize presents and games, mother blessing and blessingway ceremonies are designed for the mother-to-be. Rooted in Native American traditions, blessingway rituals mark the significance of pregnancy and the birth process, gathering the "tribe" to honor and bless a woman's sacred transition into motherhood.
"I can't thank you enough for the sacred ceremony you created. Your warmth, sensitivity and ability to accommodate anything I envisioned was such a relief."
Yana Cortlund, co-author of Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey Into Motherhood, writes, "Birth is a key life passage for women. But modern culture has become preoccupied with the arrival of the baby-to-be and has lost touch with birth's profound impact on the expectant mother."
Mother blessings can be an important turning point in a woman's emotional, physical and spiritual readiness for birth and motherhood. Friends and loved ones gather together to support and honor the mother-to-be, offering strength and encouragement as she embarks on her journey. Here are a few ideas to consider:
There are many other possibilities including rituals to cleanse, purify and pamper the mother, collaborative art projects like collage and painting, writing in a blessing book, creating a birth altar and, of course, sharing birth stories and offering words of wisdom and well wishes for the new mother.
Your may want to invite twenty people or none. Maybe you want to include your partner, or perhaps not. It may feel best to gather in your home, or you might envision a magical spot in nature. There is no "right way" to have a blessingway, and the needs of every mother and family is unique.
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