Doula, Womb, & Prayer Work
Bundle Package Offering:
Mother Blessing Ceremony
Closing Of The Bone Ceremony
Supply of “Labor Of Love” Belly Oil & Prayers
Ceremony 1: Mother Blessing Ceremony
The mother blessing emphasizes spiritual & emotional well-being to help prepare for the emotional & physical demands of labor, delivery & beyond. Such service may include:
Leading the ceremony
Crafting of invitations (PDF)
Some expectant parents have adopted the “mother blessing” ceremony as an alternative to the standard baby shower. The mother blessing gathering is inspired by the diné (najavo) tradition of the blessingway, wherein the gestational parent's closest female-identified family & friends come together to honor & celebrate the mother's sacred transition into parenthood. Unlike a baby shower - that tends to focus on the baby and material goods - the mother blessing emphasizes spiritual & emotional well-being in order to help prepare mama for the emotional and physical aspects of labor, delivery and beyond.
Usually taking place around 36 weeks gestation, the ceremony reiterates to the guest of honor that she is cherished & supported by her community. Her loved ones gather to celebrate her strength, her innate power & her divine magic. Just like at a baby shower, a mother blessing varies in proceedings & there is no set order or rituals that have to take place. Some more popular components include:
〰️ Written Offering: attendees are encouraged to bring supportive words, mantras, poetry or affirmations to share with the expecting mother. Sometimes they are collated & placed into a baby book, meditated on by the mother before & during labor, quilted or constructed into a birth affirmation banner, or all/none of the above. The beauty of these gatherings is that they are extremely malleable to best honor the expectant mother & even guests who might be far away or unable to attend the cermony can still participate.
〰️ Beaded Offering: Attendees might select a favorite bead (often one that is charged with the intention of written offering) to gift to the mother. She will string the beads into a necklace or bracelet & wear it during labor and delivery, which acts of a tangible reminder of the love & care in which she is held. As with the written offering, physical attendance is not required in order to participate & can be offered irrespective of geographical restraints.
〰️ Nourishment Offering: Some gatherings invite participants to prepare food to share with the others in attendance, akin to the communal feast is common in the traditional navajo blessingway. Others prefer a meal train, wherein guests either delivery food directly to the family postpartum or provide them with frozen meals that are prepared and stored in advance.
〰️ Memorial Offering: Some participants may choose to share the stories of their own positive encounters with birth. those who haven't given birth might participate by honouring their maternal ancestors, with statements such as “i am _____, daughter of _____, granddaughter of _____, etc.” The memorial offering works to reminds us all of the women who have gone before us & fosters connectivity in our universal proximity to birth in one way or another.
〰️ Adornment Offering: Each participant pampers the mother-to-be however they wish. They might adorn her hair with flowers, offer massage, decorate her belly with henna/body paint or create a belly cast keepsake - the options are endless & the participant chooses how they would like to worship their sister in their own unique way.
The above list of is by no means extensive and we will work closely alongside you in order to create an experience curated especially with your individual desires in mind. Such services may include: planning, venue selection, invitations, decor, leading the ceremony, & logistics
Ceremony 2: Closing Of The Bone Ceremony
( 6 weeks post pardum during nest and retreat time)
The Closing of the Bones ceremony is inspired by Mexican postpartum tradition, wherein the Rebozo is used to physically and spiritually seal off the birthing person's body after childbirth. The purpose of the ceremony is to honor the mother's passage between worlds, celebrates her transition into motherhood and demarcates the completion of the fourth trimester.
It is believed that the opening experienced in childbirth leaves the internal body cold and the mother will be offered a hot herbal bath and be anointed with warming oils, in order to restore and replenish warmth within. Each of the seven chakras will be honored and gently wrapped with the rebozo, paying special attention to the midsection and the pelvic area, in order to guide the bones back into their original position and to facilitate the shrinking of the uterus back to its pre-pregnancy size. A womb massage will also be provided, in conjunction with other restorative modalities such as reiki, sound healing, aromatherapy and prayer in order to address the body's depletion.
〰️ Bath Ritual
〰️ Cloth ( Rebozo): Full body blessing, wrapping of each chakra sealing the body physically & spiritually
〰️ Womb Blessing Massage
〰️ Candlelit Prayers
〰️ Second Part of Despacho Ceremony- burn & release
〰️ Earthen Womb Sealer
Both ceremonies will be facilitated by a trained Shaman & ceremonialist Megan Alexandra along with the certified doula Kayleigh Harrigan.
Doula: Kayleigh Harrigan
Kayleigh Harrigan of “the mothership birth services” is a Los Angeles based birth and placenta encapsulation specialist. She is trained in a variety of labor support modalities such as Hypnobirthing, Spinning Babies and Rebozo. Kayleigh loves doula work because its multifaceted nature, ongoing opportunities for learning and its magic. She finds it extremely rewarding to bear witness to birthing people in all of their power – especially in a society that tends to undermine womxn and dismisses their strength. Kayleigh studied “gender, race, sexuality and social justice” and her practice is steeped in a thorough understanding of the ways in which arbitrary social factors have tangible outcomes for birthing people and their babies. As such, she also serves as a volunteer doula for the “joy in birthing foundation” which pairs underserved communities with pro-bono doula support. To find out more about Kayleigh and her practice, please visit www.themothershipbirthservices.com--