Mother Blessing Ceremonies

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Adapted from an ancient Navajo ceremony, the Mother Blessing (also referred to as a Blessingway) celebrates a woman’s transition into motherhood. Participants honor the pregnant mother as a woman and as a friend, blessing her way into childbirth and caring for a new child.

There are many forms of mother blessing ceremonies, and this modern ritual can be molded to fit your style. The ceremony can be short or long, incorporating many rituals or a few. Parts, such as the birth bead ritual, can be easily incorporated into a traditional baby shower. For me, the mother blessing ceremony was a sacred event which fed my spiritual side. My baby shower was more of a social event that fed my fun-loving side.

There is no right or wrong way to create a mother blessing ceremony; however, it is important to include several ritual elements in order to achieve powerful results. Ritual elements are selected and organized into five distinct stages, forming the foundation of the ceremony.

  1. Beginning: Helps us establish the safe and special space that is needed to do the work of the ritual.
  2. Shifting: Moves us from individual consciousness into the realm of circle consciousness.
  3. Focusing: Centers our attention on the mother-to-be as we honor, pamper, and prepare her for her journey.
  4. Completing: Affirms our connection to the important work we have done during the ceremony as well as our connection with one another.
  5. Feasting: Brings the work of the ritual into our everyday lives and helps us move from sacred space back to social space.

Mother blessing ceremonies create a sacred and safe environment where a mother-to-be can explore the challenges and joys that lie before her as she approaches birthing and mothering. Surrounded by the most important women in her life, she gains a sense of power, confidence, and support that will help her rise to motherhood and walk her new path.

When to Start Planning

The date of the mother blessing ceremony usually falls somewhere between four and six weeks before the baby is due. I suggest you begin the planning process at the beginning of the third trimester, but it is possible to pull together a simple ceremony in a week. If you have a close friend or family member who loves event planning, direct her to Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey into Motherhood by Yana Cortlund, Barb Lucke & Donna Miller-Watelet.

If you would like assistance with the planning and/or facilitation of your mother blessing ceremony, please contact me. I would love to help!