Historically, the transition into motherhood has not been a rite of passage that was observed in our culture. Elsewhere in the world, many Native cultures have treated pregnancy and childbirth with great ritual. Seen as all part of the human life cycle, women created deliberate circles to welcome mothers-to-be, to honour the emotions they were feeling, and to prepare for the act of giving birth. The journey into motherhood was seen as life-changing and powerful, full of great reverence and equal fear.
Centuries later, we have drifted miles away from either of these paths. Baby shower, anyone?
And yet, it’s clear to us today that the threshold into motherhood is a physical, logistical, and emotional journey. That a good transition contains a solid balance of all three. And that many women want to take that journey intentionally and under their own power. But not alone.
“The circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we’re weak, and sing with us when we are strong.” — Sark
That was the case with Tara, who lives intentionally and treats the earth with great kindness. Her mother, gathered 12 wise women together to share stories about first births, meaningful (and ‘well-meaning’) advice. To celebrate her journey. And to make a solid commitment to be there for her before, during, and after the baby was born.
Tara was wearing her birthing necklace as baby Amelie was born. And we were all wearing our ‘umbilical cord’ bracelets.