The Blessingway: A Complete Guide To Honoring The Mother In Israel

A Blessingway, or Mother’s Blessing, is a celebration of pregnancy and becoming a mother that focuses more on the mother than the baby. During Blessingway, a group of her closest friends will gather and honor her pregnancy and her path to motherhood.

They will offer words of wisdom about preparation for and after the birth and will often include a small ceremony to celebrate. To know more about baby blessing, you can also check out the baby blessing ceremony via

The ceremony opens with meditation or dedication explaining how she will develop over the next few hours, followed by an introduction to how each woman enters motherhood.

Blessing ritual path: pearls, candles, abdominal casts

While still gathered in the sacred circle, the path of blessing flows into rituals such as weaving a web of thread around each guest's wrist which forms an individual but connected spiritual bracelet that symbolizes the baby's umbilical cord connected to the mother.

The bracelet remains until the baby is delivered safely. At this point, it is cut to celebrate the arrival of new life. Another idea is to light a grand birth candle for an honorable woman and each sister light her own votive candle while she affirms words of strength to her sister.

These candles should not be lit again until the mother sends the message that she is about to give birth and it is time. Other ideas include watering the belly, a letter to the baby telling all about the mother, and stringing a string of pearls, each carried by a different sister to carry the mother when she is born.

The list of ways to honor a woman who waits is endless. There are many beautiful rituals that can be performed during this aspect of the ceremony, and if you are a hostess, the perfect ritual for women will come to you organically, especially after doing a little research.