A Mother Blessing Ceremony (traditionally known as a Blessingway by the Navajo Native Americans) is all about nurturing the mother-to-be and celebrating her journey into motherhood as opposed to having a “baby shower” which is focussing more on the baby.
A Mother Blessing is a fun, loving and interactive morning, afternoon or evening shared with a small group of those closest to the pregnant woman. All those present help create a sacred and memorable time for the mother-to-be who deserves pampering, nurturing and love at this special time in her life.
This ceremony is also about helping her prepare herself for the birth: emotionally, spiritually and mentally regardless of whether it is her first pregnancy or a subsequent pregnancy. The Mother Blessing celebrant prepares the ceremony, which is special and sacred and providing an open, protected space for those closest to the mother to honour her birth rite into Motherhood.
A Mother Blessing is a beautiful and unique way to honour the mother as the beautiful pregnant Goddess that she is with so many wonderful activities such as:
- Hand, foot and head massages;
- Hair Braiding;
- Candle lighting and sharing of a special message from each participant to the mum for the journey ahead.
- Belly painting;
- Birth Mandalas or Positive Affirmation flags;
- Guided Meditation and Visualisation;
- Bead Ceremony – each participant brings a bead to create a birthing necklace or bracelet for the mother to wear during birth to remind her of all the love and support that she has around her. Each bead represents the good wishes and blessings for the mother as she embarks on her journey of motherhood;
- Cord Ceremony – binding each person’s wrist or ankle with a single cord of wool or string. Everyone then keeps the string around their wrists or ankles until they hear that the birth has started – then they all cut the cord as a symbol of unity. Plus the cord is a nice way to remind others to be thinking of the mother;
- Sharing positive birth stories;
- Discussing and releasing any fears she may have;
- Encouraging and supporting her birth choices;
- Organising a meal roster – this is about getting everyone who comes to commit to making one or two dinners on a particular day for the family. The idea is to try to cover two weeks at least where the new parents won’t have to worry about at least one meal of the day so they can just focus on their baby moon period.
For the Mother Blessing, each guest will bring a plate of food to share and there will be much love and laughter.
My name is Vicki Hobbs and I am a Childbirth Educator (Back to Basics Birthing), Hypnobirthing Australia Practitioner, Remedial Massage Therapist specialising in Pregnancy Massage, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Certified Placenta Encapsulator, Hypnotherapist, Aromatherapist, Reiki Practitioner and Life Coach. I am based in the northern suburbs of Perth and can be contacted by email by vi[email protected] or phone (08) 9303 9111.