Mother Blessing Services
"Blessingways are woman-centered celebrations.The emphasis of a Blessingway ceremony is on heralding the expectant mother - her strength, her beauty, her dignity, her womanhood, her divine procreative powers, her metamorphosis as she goes through the creative process of bringing new life into this world. We have loosely adapted these celebrations from the traditional Navajo Blessingway, a sacred fertility rite to honor a woman's transformation through pregnancy and childbirth into motherhood....Contemporary Blessingway ceremonies follow no prescribed rules. They simply provide a forum for those who cherish a woman to express their support through various traditional and non-traditional rituals."
A Mother Blessing or Blessingway is a way for pregnant mothers to gather with their closest women friends and receive their strength and blessing on their journey to birth and motherhood.
'Blessingway ceremonies create a sacred a safe environment where a mother-to-be can explore the challenges and joys that lie before her as she approaches birthing and mothering. Surrounded by the most important women in her life, she gains a sense of power, confidence and support that will help her rise to motherhood.
Birth is a key passage for women. But modern culture has become so preoccupied with the arrival of the baby-to-be and has lost touch with birth’s profound impact on the expectant mother. While our most common preparations focus on getting women physically ready to give birth, the blessingway ceremony helps a woman to prepare mentally, emotionally and spiritually for the work of birthing and it opens her to her instinctive abilities, which will guide her as she steps into the role of mother.' -Mother Rising
These ceremonies can be easily tailored to suit each mother's spiritual preferences and to offer mom exactly what she needs on her journey. Common aspects of this event include:
Introducing all the guests and listening to their blessing and prayer for mom
Pampering mom with foot bath, shoulder massage, hair brushing, painting the belly with henna
Accepting symbolic gifts which often are turned into art or jewelry for mom to draw strength form while in labor. Some examples include: bringing beads to string on a birth necklace, each one symbolizing that woman's blessing for mom; decorating a belly cast, reading poetry or prayers, guests using the meaning of specific flowers to offer a characteristic or blessing to mom, etc.
Sharing positive and inspiring birth stories from guests
Honoring our elder women and asking for their strength
Blessingway Facilitator Fee
Discount for Doula clients