It’s amazing the power and compassion that can come from a collective of mothers. Today’s “Make” is by Designing Mom Kate and the meaning behind the birthing necklace that she and her best friends share is such a wonderful, symbolic gift to one another.
Make: Birthing Necklace
My best friends and I started a tradition when the first of our crew got pregnant: birthing necklaces. We always come together before the birth of a new child and present our beads to the mama-to-be. Each bead is hand selected and offered to the mama with a story behind its inspiration. The mama then makes a necklace using the beads (plus a few fillers). It’s then packed with the birthing bag (or at home, as the case may be) and ready to do its purpose as labor begins: to remind the mama of her unique power, to be surrounded by love and friendship, and to wear something pretty.
It’s funny how each birthing necklace ends up looking exactly like the mama (if she was a necklace!). A picture of mine is attached. The nurses at the hospital fell in love with the idea and I wore it proudly as I nursed my son for the first time.