BLESSINGWAY CEREMONIES

A Blessingway ceremony (also known as a Mother Blessing), is a beautiful way to honour the woman’s pregnancy and transition into motherhood, and has its roots in Navajo (native American) ceremony, which celebrates this momentous rite of passage. Unlike a conventional baby shower, where the focus is on bringing gifts for the baby, a Blessingway is a way for a woman’s close friends to make her feel loved, nurtured and pampered, to infuse her with blessings, strength and confidence for the birth and wisdom for motherhood.

From the Belly Belly article:
A Mother Blessing involves a gathering of the mother-to-be’s most trusted friends and family, who sit in the power of a circle and share amongst one another. Traditionally it is a woman-only gathering and may include her mother, sisters, aunts, daughters, best of friends, mentors – anyone she respects, looks up to or values. It helps the woman to prepare herself for the birth, emotionally, spiritually and mentally, for the all important role of a new mother. She feels ‘held’ and supported by those she loves and respects – a great way to help her release any blockages she may be feeling and to allow her to embrace what’s to come. Hearing other women’s birth stories as you share around the circle can be surprising, exciting and heartwarming to hear. A Mother Blessing can be very affirming, empowering and uplifting.

For my own Blessingway, I had each guest bring a vegetarian dish, 2 beads – 1 for myself and 1 for my baby, to contribute to a Blessingway necklace to be worn or hung around the neck during labour. I also had each woman bring me a 8″ x 8″ piece of funky fabric to make a bunting, or flags to be hung above the birth space and/or above the baby’s sleeping space after birth, to remind me of all my friend’s blessings and well wishes. Some women also have their friends write words of affirmations for the birth.

During the ceremony I was pampered with a herbal foot soak while I had my belly painted with henna, and during this time each friend bought me their beads and a blessing to wish me a good birth and to wish the baby a safe arrival. My friends also told me their birth stories and read poems and words of affirmations to fill me with confidence for the birth. After the ceremony my flags were sewn together to make the bunting which 4 years on, still hangs above the spot he was birthed!

If you would like me to conduct a Blessingway ceremony for you, please get in touch and I can help make this journey to parenthood an extra special occasion that is suited to your individual tastes.

Price is $150. (Travel costs may be extra!)

“Dear Virginia,
I just wanted to express my sincere gratitude to you for arranging my beautiful Blessingway. I have only recently heard about the old Navajo tradition while exploring my spirituality and it appealed to me in so many ways… .the honouring of a pregnant mamma, the rituals and the sisterhood.
I had only known you for a few weeks and you willingly opened your heart and home and put on the most precious, special ceremony on for me and I will forever be grateful to you and to all the gorgeous mammas who took part in the blessingway as well.
Not only that you also organised all the women who attended to cook meals for me post birth and OMG it was a Godsend not having to cook for the first 2 weeks was amazing and really the best gift a new Mum can receive.
So a BIG Thank you to you for everything you truly are an Angel and I honestly feel so blessed to have met you…….
Love and Blessings
~Phoebe xxx”

“Hi Virginia
Thank you sooo much for hosting my Blessing way on Saturday! It meant the world to me and the ceremony will forever be so sacred to me and those that I shared this day with..
I felt so special and pampered.”
~Brenda

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for hosting my Blessingway. It was everything I wanted. I really appreciate the energy and time you put in to it, and the love and support you are giving me. To have you as part of my birth team means the absolute world to both my husband and myself. Your positive messages and vibes about my birth are helping so much in me being able to relax and visualise it all unfolding beautifully. Thank you again, so much and I am so glad to have you with me (us) on this journey.”
~Crystal

“It was a beautiful and empowering day soaking up all the love and connection with close friends and family, really feeling the blessings of everyone to surround me leading up to the birth, during the birth and afterwards. Feeling so excited about this birth and the Blessingway just encapsulated all that I was wanting to give me that extra bit of strength and encouragement. Love love love my henna belly too. Thanks Virginia for facilitating such a beautiful ceremony. xox”
~Danielle

 

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