I love meeting women like Paith, who are bringing so many empowering elements together for their birth. Zinnia was requested for the henna design and wove its way into the design, and I heard about how she wanted to create something special this time - this was her 2nd pregnancy. The henna would be peaking for her blessing, which was coming up.
She had blogged: “When I was going through the thick of my HG nausea in pregnancy I had to dig deep to find out what empowerment meant to me in such a trying situation that felt and was out of my control. The message I got in meditation was sisterhood, celebrating my womanhood, and gathering a tribe to accompany me in making this pregnancy a rite of passage, with ALL that it was for me: painful, beautiful, divine, scary, profound and transformative.”
Paith found some amazing women to support her in this process, including Dakota Hindman of Matrescence Doula Services, who has been involved in women’s circles since high school (in Boulder!). During rites of passage like this (even it’s the 2nd or 3rd or 4th baby!) it’s wonderful to have a woman there to facilitate the circle, a woman who knows the song for the spirit of the sage, who can guide the group through the process of pregnancy ritual. Cultivating sacred space is a gift that Dakota holds with love.
JJ Hastain www.jhastain.com led a powerful, sacred ritual dance for the group. I have been to one other blessing where there was dancing like this, and it is one of the most powerful things to do to embody our prayers/intentions in this way.
Tanya of Eden Photography captured this ceremony in an incredible video [watch it here!]. If you’ve ever wondered how a Mother’s Blessing can look, this is a great example! I love how many rose petals are involved!
Paith’s maternity photography was also done by Tanya of Eden Photography… isn’t this underwater shot gorgeous?
Paith new she had to write about this and share her experience, to light women up to how they can love the woman they become through motherhood. This free guide is full of inspiration, affirmations and empowering images. Check out Paith’s The Empowered Birth Year Resource Guide