As a doula I have attended a lot of baby showers, blessingways, and baby showers with elements of a blessingway incorporated in and around Franklin, Indiana. On Saturday I had the honor of attending a blessingway held in honor of a dear client of mine, put together by New Journey Postpartum Doula. What a wonderful event. I wanted to share a little of it with you.
First, what is a blessingway or a mother blessing? Well at its base a blessingway is a group of like minded women coming together with the purpose of lifting the mother up and celebrating her. Only positive thoughts, prayers, and intentions are brought into the mother's space. It's a passage of wisdom, its a place to feel safe and encouraged, and its a place to celebrate the joy and strength that comes with this most ancient journey; the birthing journey
What's the difference between a blessingway and a baby shower? Well, that's really all up to what the mother wants. Typically there aren't any gifts for baby, this event centers on mom. If gifts are brought they are for the mother. Slippers, essential oils, herbal teas, gift certificates for services like massage, chiropractic care, pedicures and so on. There are not really any games, instead attendees spend that time pampering mom, creating keepsakes and offering mom positive words and encouragement.
Imagine how great it would be to have a group of strong knowledgeable women. Lifting you up, offering you love and joy, reminding you how amazing this is going to be. Women that you respect and love coming together with the sole purpose of pampering you. What an amazing atmosphere that creates. It is, without a doubt, powerful to know that as you begin your birthing journey you have the strength of these women behind you. Lifting you. Just Love. It's all Love.
Would you have a blessingway? Did you have a blessingway? Baby shower? What are some things you loved? What are some things you would change? Did you leave feeling excited about the path you were on? I would love to hear about your experiences if you are willing to share them!
I feel like a blessingway would be beneficial for any mom gearing up for birth. Maybe you? What a wonderful event.