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he inhabited body of pregnancy awakens something ancient in many women, a deep spiritual calling, and there is a need to reconnect with something that was buried and forgotten, the ancestral feminine wisdom that was once considered so mysterious and precious that it was revered. In addition to the path each of these women chooses to follow, there is often a need to celebrate the transitions that motherhood entails with a ritual. As Jeanine Parvati Baker, a midwife and birth activist, states, "Rituals have the power to touch the roots of the soul and access the levels of reality involved in pregnancy and birth." I propose two standard rituals for mothers: the Blessingway and the postpartum closing ceremony with the rebozo.

The Blessingway is a ritual rooted in Native American culture and involves the celebration of the mother shortly before birth by her "tribe" of women. Each Blessingway is different, but the key elements include:

  • pampering for the mother (massages, manicures, pedicures, henna paintings, etc.)
  • symbolic gifts for the mother to have during labor, to gather strength and remind her that many are there for her
  • shared good food as a group to bring nourishment and connection.

In addition to this, each mother defines the program based on her desires, tastes, and feelings.

The other ritual I propose is the postpartum closing ceremony with the rebozo, which is a traditional South American ritual. During childbirth, the mother must open herself both physically and emotionally to welcome the baby and her new condition. After a certain period (referred to as the postpartum period in our tradition), it is necessary to close the body and show gratitude. This is done through a highly engaging ritual involving the use of water in various ways and the rebozo, a handwoven shawl known for its resilience and ability to provide support and comfort.

In addition to what has been described, I can also accompany families who wish to perform the rebonding ritual, a gift of love that we can give ourselves after an unexpected birth, one that did not go as we expected. If your first encounter with your baby did not go as you imagined, if your birth was traumatic, if you were unable to have skin-to-skin contact for medical reasons and did not see the baby for several hours, if your baby was admitted to the NICU, then know that you can add a different piece to your story, and in a very simple way.

If you would like to learn more about these rituals or if you would like to create one for a significant moment in your journey of motherhood contact me for a more in-depth discussion.