What Is a Blessing Way?
Like most women, you probably already know what a baby shower is, and chances are you have either attended one or had one planned for you in the weeks leading up to an impending birth. However, there is a beautiful pre-birth tradition which is becoming more popular as word spreads: a Blessing Way.
A blessing way is a traditional Navajo (Native American) ceremony, which celebrates a woman’s rite of passage into motherhood. Unlike a traditional baby shower, where gifts are purchased for the baby, a Blessing Way is all about nurturing the mother-to-be and celebrating motherhood.
As with most special events in modern society, baby showers have become very commercialized. If you were to ask someone to describe what happens at a baby shower, the answer would probably be something like, ‘where women get together and give gifts for the baby’. There is also much focus on the new arrival and excitement of meeting the baby, and very little focusing on and nurturing the mother – ‘filling her cup’ – so it overflows with love. A woman ignored has a much more difficult time identifying her role in becoming a mother. A woman who is given lots of love has more love to give in return – and there is nothing like loving women to get that oxytocin (hormone of love) flowing!
A Blessing Way is a beautiful and unique way to honor the mother, spend time with her, share stories, debrief fears and to instill confidence and strength.
What Happens at a Blessing Way?
A Blessing Way involves a gathering of the mother-to-be’s most trusted friends and family, who gather together to encourage the mother-to-be and share amongst one another. Traditionally it is a woman-only gathering and may include her mother, sisters, aunts, daughters, best friends – anyone she respects or values. It helps the woman to prepare herself for the birth, emotionally, spiritually and mentally, for the 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. A Blessing Way can be very affirming, empowering and uplifting, bolstering a mother’s confidence before she undertakes her journey.
How Can Lotus Blossom Birth Help?
At Lotus Blossom Birth, we have had the honor of preparing numerous Blessing Ways for friends, family, and clients. If you have decided to host a Blessing Way for a loved one, but are unsure of how to proceed next, we would love to help. We sit down together and look through the many options associated with a Blessing Way and help you to decide what would work best for the mother. You will need to provide a private place, preferably a home for the ceremonies and a guest list. We take care of the rest. From invitations to supplies, Lotus Blossom Birth has you covered.
Our base price for our Blessing Way services is $75.00. Depending on the options you choose during our planning session, most people find that their Blessing Way comes to a very reasonable cost for such a beautiful honoring of the mother-to-be. Contact us below to schedule for planning session.