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In lieu of having a traditional "baby shower" there is also the beautiful ceremony of having a mother’s blessing. A mother's blessing is an intimate gathering of her Sisterhood- grandmothers, mothers, aunties, daughters, cousins and female friends. The blessing is inspired by an ancient Navajo ceremony called a Blessing Way. The ceremony is held to prepare an expectant mother for her upcoming birth journey. Expectant mothers are showered and adorned with love, support, encouragement and praise. The act of birth is seen as a rite of passage for women. A mother's blessing is meant to help a woman feel mentally, physically and emotionally ready to give birth. A mother’s blessing is a modern ceremony that can give moms-to-be a similar sense of support and honor as Navajo mothers-to-be have received in traditional blessing ways.
Why are women having these ceremonies?
Women who choose mother’s blessings want something more intimate than the typical baby shower, or something that doesn’t solely focus on baby. They want to feel more empowered about birth, especially if they’re preparing for a natural birth.
What about gifts?
Other than meaningful poems, passages and beads, there aren’t usually gifts at a mother’s blessing. Those who celebrate mother’s blessing ceremonies see the memories the gathering creates as the greatest gifts of all.
When should you have a mother’s blessing?
A mother’s blessing is typically held at the very end of pregnancy—around 36 to 38 weeks—and about 10 to 20 of the mom-to-be’s closest friends and family are invited.
How can I plan and participate in a mother’s blessing?
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