I have two friends who are right at full term (one slightly over) and eagerly awaiting their new little ones. I feel like I should be able to come up with beautiful birth blessings/wishes off the top of my head, but I had trouble coming up with anything profound, so I went looking online and found this lovely poem. I especially like the last eight lines. I wish you beautiful birthings, ladies!
by Natalie Evans
Close your eyes and breathe deep
Breathe in peace, breathe out pain
Imagine your feet
Toes curling into dirt
Think of yourself as rooted
Think of your place in the earth
How did you come to be here?
Through generations of women named
A maternal lineage
That brought you to this place
Think of their birth stories
What you know, what you believe to be true
Realize that their births carry deep wisdom
Some may carry the memory of joy and transcendence
Each birth is a powerful experience
Each birth traces down to you.
Just as you pass this knowledge on to your baby
Understand that your birth is your own
It will be different from all others
Like the swirls in your thumb
Your birth will have a unique pattern
Unfolding with each contraction
Rising and falling like a newborn’s chest
This birth belongs to you
This birth is an opening
This birth is the end and a beginning
May this blessing of birth come to you without fear
May this blessing of birth come to you with great understanding
My this blessing of birth make your heart soar
May this blessing of birth bring shouts of delight to your lips
Blessings to you and your birth.
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My friend Rebecca gives this simple blessing to women on the verge of birth:
It’s my favorite.
Keeping it simple is great!
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