Baby showers, mother blessings.. What are they and where do they come from?

In the 19th century, Victorian women began hosting tea parties for expecting mothers and the baby shower as we know it today was born. After World War 2 with the baby boom, it became tradition to give gifts and host parties for the soon to be born baby. The label of a ‘shower’ corresponds with the showering of gifts upon the mother. Initially only women were invited to the celebration, however this has changed over time with the couple often inviting a variety of male and female friends.

A mother blessing, traditionally known as a Blessingway is an old Navajo (native American) ceremony  which celebrates a womens rite of passage into motherhood. She will be surrounded by a circle of loving women pouring their love onto the mother-to-be. Traditionally this was a women only gathering including mothers, sisters, aunts, daughters and best friends and mentors or anyone the mother loves and respects. The ceremony may be done with songs, creative activities, intention setting, pampering, nourishing foods and meaningful gifts.

How would you like to honor your passage to motherhood?



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