I'm finally getting a chance to post about my blessingway last weekend. It was a such a beautiful experience--I left there feeling very connected, loved and ready to birth this babe! I thought I'd share a few of the things we did, sorry if some of it has been posted about already--I didn't have a chance to look back through the thread.
-- The host bought a candle for everyone there, and as we all sat in a circle and began the ritual, we each lit our candle and introduced ourselves as daughters/mothers (I'm Amanda, daughter of __, grandaughter of __ , great grandaughter of ___ and mother to___). At the end of the ceremony, we all put them out in the same circle. When I go into labor, I'll call the first person, and they'll call the next one in the circle, etc, and everyone will light their candle at home while I'm in labor. I thought that was a really special part of the ceremony!
-- Everyone was asked to bring something from nature to share with my for a birth altar. So they all went around and gave me their gift, and told my what it represented to them...there were some beautiful things--rose quartz, rocks, earth from someones garden, shells, etc.
-- The yarn thing, I think has been mentioned before. We took a ball of yarn (very symbolic for me--a fanatic knitter!), and as we passed it around the circle, each person gave me a special "blessing" or thought to help with the birth, new parenting, etc. When the circle was complete, we cut the thread, and everyone is now wearing the yarn bracelet until I go into labor. It makes me feel so connected to everyone, and very strong whenever I look at it.
-- The host also made me a beautiful flower garland/crown to wear. It was so sweet!
There were a few other wonderful things that we did, but my very pregnant brain is too tired to recall right now....I will later. Just wanted to share these, though. After the ceremony, I strongly feel that every woman deserves a blessinway...whether for birth, menopause, or another life transition. It felt so sacred and special!