Sacred Stones for Birth

Mamahhh Birth Necklace

My birthing necklace is a sacred treasure from my daughter’s birth. The necklace is made from the stones, gems, and charms given by my circle of women friends and guides. Having that necklace present during birth, I felt so connected to their hopes and dreams for me. That circle of stones also helped me feel connected to the grand circle of women who have birthed through the ages—the grandmothers of our grandmothers. I am not the first to birth; I am not the last. I am perfectly held on this journey to meet my daughter. I am in my perfect place in the spiral of women who birth. Offering … [Read more...]

What Makes Birth Magical?

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I just got home from teaching prenatal yoga, and I was reminded how easy it is to lose sight of the magic of birth. First-time mamas are sorting out the dozens of details about care providers, what's normal, hormonal ups and downs, what clothes to put on a suddenly unfamiliar body, expectations from extended family, and so, so much more. Second-time (and beyond!) mamas are coping with childcare arrangements, wondering about VBACs, dealing with the emotional leftovers of previous birth experiences, and trying to figure out why this pregnancy is nothing like the last one, or struggling with … [Read more...]

Giveaway: Birth Goddess

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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 … [Read more...]

Allison’s Blessingway

Allison's Blessingway

Oh how I love a blessingway! My friend Allison is just a few weeks from becoming a mother again, to a second little boy. She’s a woman of deep Southern roots, roots that have borne spiritual blossoms. Allison is a chiropractor with a healing touch, and more than once I’ve had profound energetic experiences at her hands as she’s woven Reiki into our sessions. Given how she's grounded, it wasn’t a surprise when she mentioned an interest in a Blessingway to complement the traditional baby shower she’d generously been given by her family. Since I'd had to miss her shower, I was delighted and … [Read more...]