Has anyone heard of a birth bead swap? I was thinking that it might be something really fun to do!!!! :)
Here is a short article about what it is.
Essentially, what happens is this: Everyone involved buys a certain number (however many people sign up to participate) of beads with a special meaning to them (reason for special meaning can vary. how the bead looks, what material it is made of, design, color, whatever reason....). They then send the beads they chose to share to the "distributor" (I am willing to do this job) with either a dollar or two for shipping or a small shipping package with their return address (details can be figured out later and I am open to suggestions as to how this can work) and a note of encouragement for the people participating. The 'distributor' then organizes the beads (so that each person participating receives a bead from all other participants) and sends each participant their new set of beads along with a compilation of the encouraging/inspirational notes. Once you get your beads in the mail, you can string the beads onto a string or a chain (to make a necklace or bracelet) and use it as inspiration during labor/birth. It is a nice reminder of all the women on this group who support you and are going through the same change at the same time as you!
Estimated time of final delivery of the 'distributor' to the participants is end of Jan/beginning of Feb so mothers who go into labor early have their beads in time for delivery.
So, my questions to you:
What do you think of this idea? Would you be interested in participating if we pursued the idea? Do you have any questions? Do you have any suggestions?