Mother Blessings: a meaningful alternative to baby showers
From time to time I perform Mother Blessing Ceremonies. Most people are unfamiliar with these. Wondering what it’s all about?
Here’s my take.
Becoming a mother is the greatest life transition of all for a woman. Many women today chose to walk the time of their pregnancy and birthing with great intention and mindful awareness. Pregnancy is not something that just happened to them and they’re merely waiting.
The way a woman chooses to inhabit her pregnancy and walk through the gateway into motherhood is often reflective of how she tries to live her entire life.
And so it is that I am called upon to work with women to create a ceremony rich in personal and collective meaning, well beyond the more typical baby shower type of event.
So what exactly is it?
Well, it’s just what it sounds. The focus is on the mother, and not the baby. It’s a loving, touching, and supportive gathering. Surrounded by the women who love her, the mother-to-be is free to honestly and openly express her innermost intentions, fears, hopes, and dreams around motherhood. She is honoured, revered, and tended to with the greatest love and respect.
The women in attendance share their wisdom, and their own thoughts about the strengths they see in the mother-to-be. These heartfelt wishes foster confidence for the coming birth and emergence into motherhood. It is very much a harvesting of the collective wisdom of women.
I may open with something like this:
“We are here to surround Jane with the company of women, to nurture and support her as she grows through into a new beginning in her life. We are here to offer her our blessings as she nears the birth of her child.
Together we will mark this major transition in her life, encourage her, and give her strength to draw upon for her labour and delivery. Today, each of us will offer our heartfelt blessings to Jane, along with a tangible symbol of our wishes. Together we will focus on giving her emotional support.
We will give our commitment to be a community for this new family. And we will offer our appreciation for the profound life change that accompanies the birth of a child.”
If the woman and her partner wish, we can include the father for first moments of the Mother Blessing Ceremony. After which he will take his leave.
A Mother Blessing Ceremony may be for you if:
- you are pregnant and long for something more than gifts of diapers and sleep sets,
- a traditional baby shower is not enough
- you are a woman who wants to honour her journey into motherhood
- you are a friend who wants to give a meaningful gift
- if you are a man who wants to honour your partner with something that is just for her.
Celebrant Michele Davidson
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