A Mother Blessing (Blessingway) is an ancient Navajo ceremony to celebrate a woman’s transition into motherhood. The Navajo have a saying, “whatever happens here on Earth must first be dreamed”, and that’s exactly what a Blessingway does. It is a ceremony (or the “dream”) that is a prelude to a major life event (and, as we all know, motherhood is a pretty life-altering event).
The Mother Blessing is about the woman we know best – it is not centred around the baby growing inside her but about the woman, the friend the sister and the mother-to-be and honouring her in this rite of passage.
A Mother Blessing differs from a baby shower in that it focuses on the woman and her transformation into mother in a deeper way than at a party with a showering of gifts. Gifts may be included, but instead of practical items or pretty clothing, gifts are symbolic or carry special meaning, such as an heirloom being passed down, or the gift of a poem being read. A woman may have a traditional baby shower and also savor the ritual of a blessingway. These ceremonies welcome and honor a woman as she enters this new transformational time in her life.
The activities usually include the following however each Mother Blessing is personally tailored to suit you:
Salt Bowl – Some elements of the Mother Blessing for mums-to-be could include a salt bowl in which each guest adds something to the Epsom salts, such as fragrant oils or dried flowers, and mixes it while saying a prayer or giving a special message to the mother.
Creating Birthing Bracelet or Necklace – This will be the piece of jewellery that you can choose to wear on your birthing day as a reminder of those whom are thinking of you and supporting you.
Belly painting or belly casting
Pampering – Wreaths of flowers, foot baths with fragrant herbs and massage so she feels nurturing from her closest friends and family.
Candle Lighting – that she is in labor, sending her strength, support, and positive thoughts.
Creating affirmations by your friends and family
Creating birthing shirt
Celebration Feast and also creating a schedule for bringing meals once the baby arrives, or help with older siblings
And much more.