What is a Mother's Blessing?
A Mother's Blessing is a ceremony that honors the mother as she transitions from a woman to a mother. It is a ceremony that recognizes that pregnancy and birth are a journey and also a rite of passage for a woman. It is a moment in time where women gather to help usher her into motherhood by celebrating, loving and nurturing her before she gives birth.
Who should have a Mother's Blessing?
I believe every woman who is pregnant should have a ceremony held for her whether it is her first baby or her tenth. Every mother who wants to be loved on and nurtured should have a ceremony.
If you are looking for a moment where you are the focus and not just baby then this is for you. If you are looking to connect to other women, feel valued, be restored and uplifted, and pamerped then this is for you.
What does the ceremony consist of?
Every ceremony is different because every woman is different. Each ceremony is catered to the pregnant mother's desires and needs. There is always food, love, laughter and a circle of your favorite women
It typically starts by making the space feel special. That can be with soft music, candles or giving everyone a flower. This is followed by various activities such as the mother being pampered (massage, pedi, etc), positive birth stories, release of fears from the mother, prayers for mother, poetry, tokens or affirmations for mother to focus on during birth, tokens to keep everyone connected until mother has delivered baby, henna or paint for the mother's belly, and a host of other things. The ceremony is completed by nourishing the mother with nutritious food.
This does not have to be religious and it can even be light hearted and fun. It is whatever the mother needs to help her feel uplifted and at ease for birth. So get creative and make this sacred moment one of a kind.
There are 4 things that create the perfect ceremony: food, location, the women and a sacred space/atmosphere.
Ceremony Approx. 3 hours. $275
We will start with an opening ceremony followed by matrilineal introductions. I will explain the purpose of the ceremony to those unfamiliar and lay out the itinerary for the event. The women will create a floral crown for the mother from handpicked flowers. As we sit in a circle we will help the mom release any fears and share positive birth stories. Next, we will proceed to pamper the mother with hand and foot massages to release tension and help her relax. Pampering will be followed by poetry readings, birth affirmations, prayers or blessings for mother and baby. Once we have loved on her and blessed her we will create birth affirmations and a necklace for her to use during birth. The ceremony will come to an end with a yarn and candle ceremony followed by an opening of the circle. We will end the gathering by feasting on foods that are nutritious and nourishing to mom and baby.
I will meet with you or the family/friends once for a planning meeting. You can add or remove anything you wish as this is supposed to be uplifting to you. I facilitate the ceremony. I provide basic decorations.
The ceremony should take place in a comfortable setting such as your home or a friend's home. The best food is homemade and cooked with love so we recommend you have each guest bring their favorite dish to share. Choose carefully only women who will uplift, encourage and strengthen you as this is a sacred time for you.
African Proverb….“Being pregnant and giving birth are like crossing a narrow bridge. People can accompany you to the bridge. They can greet you on the other side. But you walk that bridge alone”.
Allow the women you love to usher you to the bridge and celebrate you after you cross.