Giveaway: Birth Goddess

For my friend Allison’s blessingway, I found a turquoise birth goddess to add to her birthing necklace. I loved the simplicity and the symbolism of the pendant, so when I purchased Allison’s, I also got one for myself and one to share  — maybe with you, in today’s giveaway!

I love turquoise for its healing properties, and of course, I’m absolutely smitten with all things birthy and symbolic. The goddess (she’s about 1-1/2 inches) could be placed on an altar, worn as a necklace on her own, or placed in a collectibles box. The folks at the Native American Gallery in Athens, Ga., wrapped the goddess as a beautiful gift, either as a treat for yourself or perfect for giving to your favorite soon-to-be-birthing friend!

The turquoise goddess came with two cards that tell her story. The first part is the meaning of the goddess symbol:

Throughout all of human civilization, the symbol of the goddess has embodied vital elements of nature and human fertility. The goddess symbolizes abundance, harmony, and life energy. As an ambassador of the moon and earth, the goddess represents mystery and the eternal cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.

The properties of turquoise:

Known as the “Sky Stone” to the Natives of the American Southwest, turquoise was a talisman for health and happiness. Other cultures believe turquoise to possess protective powers. The powers of turquoise are many … it assist with mental relaxtion, confidence, healing, and is believed to attract abundance and prosperity. Turquoise is also said to insure happiness and drive away fear.

Here’s how you can win the gift-wrapped birth goddess pendant: Allison's Blessingway

1) Leave a comment below sharing what gave (or what you think will give) you confidence during your labor and birth. (This one is required to enter the contest.)

2) To enter a second time, like Mamahhh on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, then leave a comment letting me know that you did (or already do!).

3) To enter a third and final time, post on Facebook or tweet about the giveaway, and tell me here—in another comment—that you helped share the birthy love! Here’s the shortlink: http://mamahhh.com/?p=1384

Comments will close at 11 PM EST this Friday, July 15. With the help of Random.org, I’ll pick a winner. **The contest is open to addresses in the US and Canada only.** Be sure to leave me a valid email address so I can contact you! If I can’t reach in a few days, I’ll choose another lucky birth goddess! Good luck, mamas!

 

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  1. What gave me confidence during birth and labor? Water to drink, holding my husband’s hand, and walking around outside. Deep breaths reminding me to trust my body.

  2. I couldn’t wait to meet my little man, and not having a rigid birth plan really took the edge off and made me feel more confident. All we wanted was a healthy baby, how he got here was fairly flexible.

  3. Follow you on Facebook.

  4. The only real confidence that was given to me was through my birth partners — my husband and mother.

    The hospital I was at, I felt like they just left me, and they wouldn’t allow me out of bed. They also didn’t seem to monitor me at all (hence how I went from 3-10cm in less than 3 hours and they had no inkling!). And my OB was just…ugh. Never again with her, ever. She actually made me swear off a second child for awhile because I didn’t want the same experience again.

  5. I am following you on twitter @HamptonRdsMom

  6. And, I tweeted about this giveaway!

    “#Win a turquiose birth goddess pendant from @mamahhhjenni by going to mamahhh.com/?p=1384 Giveaway ends Friday, July 15th.”

  7. My confidence came from two things…one my mother was an awesome influence and truly an inspiration in believing in the birth you want and envisioning that happening. The other came from knowledge. My husband and I were just discussing today fear being the opposite of knowledge. I took a great class and learned so much about my fears, my body and the power I possessed.

    I definitely follow you on facebook and twitter!

    I shared about your giveaway on facebook friend!

  8. i follow you on the interwebs….and in my car…ok ok…so actually just on fb and twitter

  9. I shared your giveaway love with all my hoardes of friends on fb. Love a fun giveaway!

  10. 3 things gave me confidence during my labor and birth: my husband, my lavendar eye pillow, and my ipod “labor” playlist!

  11. I facebooked the link, Jenni!

  12. I also follow you on facebook, but you may have known that already!

  13. Shoshanah Blaiss says:

    The thing that gave me the most confidence during my recent (May 14) VBAC was knowing a lot of women had my back! The mamas of ICAN of Atlanta, the members of the HBAC and Hypnobabies yahoo groups, and the women who participated in my Blessingway were all very much present during the amazing and transformative experience. And, of course, my two awesome doulas had a lot to do with it as well! They all believed in me, and it allowed me to believe in myself.

  14. Shoshanah Blaiss says:

    I follow you on FB!

  15. Shoshanah Blaiss says:

    I posted the link on FB!

  16. My two labors were so vastly different that there were different things that helped me through. The first was my mirical, my son… having my loved ones there, holding my hand, telling me it was ok, knowing I was going to be a mother which was something I so wanted but never thought I would have. My second, my daughter… Her birth was so special, she is my VBAC baby. I had exactly what I needed, tough love from my Dr telling my I could do it.

  17. Liked you on FB

  18. Shared on FB :)

  19. In response to the question, what gave you confidence during my labor and births

    My babies were born in the early and mid eighties. The only books I had read about birth were Ina May’s first book and midwifery texts.
    I saw many animal births growing up in a rural area and knew that my body would do what it needed to do. I did not fear birth, was excited about experiencing labor and this is what served me best.

  20. A couple things gave me confidence during the labor and birth of my twins in January of this year. The first was a really comprehensive Lamaze class. I felt totally prepared and confident in my ability to labor and give birth the way I wanted after 4 weeks of class. The second was my labor support team – my two amazing doulas, my loving husband, and my kind and empowering OB. I knew that with those wonderful souls surrounding me, I could bring these two sweet new souls into the world.

  21. I’ve been following you on Twitter and liking you on FB for a while now!

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