Pregnancy Blessing Ceremony

Whenever a baby is born, a family is also born. In our society, we celebrate the baby’s upcoming arrival with a baby shower, and it is equally important to honor the important life transition that the birthing parent is about to embark upon. A pregnancy blessing ceremony is a celebration and rite of passage that marks your entrance into the world of parenthood.

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A pregnancy blessing focuses on honoring you and your upcoming birthing journey, surrounding you with empowering support from loved ones to fill you with positive energy. In contrast to the commercial gift-giving nature of most baby showers, a pregnancy blessing is about giving you some well-deserved pampering, loving, guidance, and emotional support in a sacred and intimate space. 

Each celebration is completely unique, customized to your individual preferences. A pregnancy blessing is compatible with any religion or belief system, and religious families may ask their clergyperson to attend the ceremony as well to provide their blessing.

I want your pregnancy blessing ceremony to be a special day that you’ll remember forever. I can help with the planning process and organizing the details, or even facilitate the entire gathering from start to finish. Read more about my packages below.

Common Activities at a Pregnancy Blessing

Giving beads – Each guest brings a special bead, and shares a story, prayer, or blessing that the bead symbolizes. The beads are combined to form a necklace that you can wear or display on a wall or altar while giving birth.
Hair braiding – Traditionally, your grandmother would braid your hair during the celebration. Another fun option could be for all the guests to sit in a circle and braid each others’ hair.
Floral crown – Each guest brings a flower, which are combined to make a crown of flowers for you to wear.
Foot washing/massage – Your feet are washed in a bowl of water with rose petals and essential oils, followed by a blissful massage and foot scrub.
Candles – Each guest brings or receives a candle. The candles are lit during the ceremony, and afterward the guests take their candles home with them, to be re-lit when the baby is about to be born.
Storytelling – Each guest tells the story of their own birth experiences (positive stories only!)
Henna – Your belly may be decorated with a beautiful henna design, or the guests may each get a henna design placed on their hand.
Belly casting – You may have a belly casting made during the ceremony, or a previously made cast may be decorated by the guests.
Affirmation banner – Each guest decorates a piece of paper or fabric, writing a word or prayer that they wish for you during your birth journey, like “Strength” or “Peace”. These are combined on a piece of string so that they form a banner, which can later be hung up in birthing room.
Birthing gifts – Each guest may give a gift of something they found helpful during their own birth experiences, or during the postpartum period.
Feast – The ceremony typically concludes with a feast. This can be potluck, provided by the host of the ceremony, or catered.

“The thought of having a traditional baby shower was never very exciting to me & although I did have one and am grateful for all of the friends and family that came, it was far from an intimate experience. I had heard about having a Blessingway Ceremony before and the concept of it was exactly what I wanted! Marcy did an amazing job not only planning, but facilitating the ceremony. Everything about it was wonderful… So much more than I could have ever expected! There were lots of laughs and some tears, and just an overall amazing, positive experience. Women do not know what they are missing out on. If you or someone you know is pregnant I would definitely recommend throwing a blessingway! Such a fun and loving way to honor the mama to be. It can be as hippy/crunch or as conservative as you’d like, either way it’s a beautiful thing to have women supporting women. I can’t thank Marcy enough!!”

Samantha

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