You all know what a baby shower is; an opportunity to “shower” the mom with gifts for the baby. You might play games, eat food and you definitely give gifts that are meant for the baby. While a shower is lovely and considerate, it is quite commercialized and focuses on the baby. Well, a mother blessing is an opportunity to celebrate the mother
A mother blessing is based on an old Navajo (native American) ceremony, which celebrates a woman’s rite of passage into motherhood. A westernised version of this is the ‘Mother Blessing’ which is the term I will use out of respect of the Navajo tradition, especially having read that the Navajo people don’t approve of the name being used this way. Unlike a traditional baby shower, where gifts are purchased for the baby, a Mother Blessing is all about nurturing the mother-to-be and celebrating motherhood. (from www.bellybelly.com.au)
This gathering includes close friends and relatives of the mother-to-be and is usually an intimate celebration; people she loves and respects. Food can be part of the celebration but there are many choices of rituals that can be shared. See here and here for more ideas.
As part of a mother blessing, we would create the invitation, create the altar in your home, provide all materials for any rituals you would like as part of your ceremony, and facilitate the gathering. We can arrange a henna artist should you wish to have your belly painted (your extra cost). You or your hosts would provide any food and drink.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the new mother’s transition to motherhood.
Let us know if you would like us to help plan and facilitate a new and wonderful Mother Blessing.