In today’s Western societies, much of the time leading up to a baby’s arrival is spent focused on...well...the baby. And, we are *all* for focusing on sweet, little babies! But, in the midst of baby showers, baby books, baby clothes, painting nursery walls, and focusing on all the items and tasks that seem to come along with these adorable, tiny individuals, it’s all too easy to lose sight of the truest preparations needed for the new parent’s journey: readying the heart in love, strength, connection, and openness. At AthensBorn, we believe the most important “stuff” that’s needed to parent a new baby is not actually material “stuff” at all. One lovely way to refocus attention to this readying of the heart is to honor the mother-to-be with a Mother Blessing Ceremony.
What is a Mother Blessing Ceremony?
A Mother Blessing serves to help prepare the expectant woman for the emotional and spiritual work of labor, birth or adoption, and motherhood. Words of wisdom and encouragement are shared, beautiful memories exchanged, and space is held for the woman of honor as she grounds herself and prepares for the life transition to come.
The guest list for a Mother Blessing tends to be much smaller than the guest list for a baby shower because only the most trusted women from the innermost circle of the woman’s life gather together, as this is an emotionally tender and especially meaningful event for her.
Activities at a Mother Blessing Ceremony are crafted to the unique desires of the woman of honor, and usually include two elements: the creation of something the mother can carry with her into her birthing or adopting time to remind her of the web of women holding her up across time and distance; and, something to signify the connection between the women until the baby has safely arrived into her mother’s arms.
Food, laughter, tears, love, discussion, song, and a deep sense of togetherness are an incredible gift to mark this significant time in a woman’s life.
It’s a powerful, beautiful tradition that we absolutely love facilitating for women!
If you would like more information about our Mother Blessing Ceremony, please let us know. We’d be happy to answer your questions.