Celebrating Your Upcoming Birth with Birth Beads

During pregnancy, I go into survival mode. I function in a focused way, with each feeling and action being amplified and less circuitous.

Hungry seems to instantly become starving–EAT!

Thirsty one moment feels dehydrated the next–DRINK!

Tired quickly becomes exhausted–SLEEP!

And those dirty dishes…well, they always reminded me that I was hungry, thirsty and tired–Yes, and beautiful!

Although there are many ways in which a mother can celebrate her pregnancy and upcoming birth, one thing that I’ve loved doing is making birth bead jewelry. I look forward to the day that I can pass my birth beads for each pregnancy on to my own children during their own family-moment-times.

Now, I must admit that until I made a birth bead necklace with my second baby, I’d never set foot in a bead shop. You see, I’ve never felt the urge to make my own jewelry. But the idea of stringing beads, in my case, from mothers due the same month as me from an online group, to support my birth sounded like the perfect creative outlet. It’s the subtlety of piecing together each of the tiny beads into something beautiful, inspiring and strong, that brought an element of peace, calm and confidence to each of my births.

There are a few ways in which you can plan a birth bead necklace, bracelet or other piece:

* If you’re feeling rather independent, go browse in a bead shop or catalog and purchase your supplies to make on your own necklace. Impart your own positive sentiments into each bead.

* If you’re celebrating with a baby shower or blessingway before your birth, you can ask your family and friends to contribute a bead to your project. The beads can be strung together as a communal activity, where each person can share why they selected their gift bead. (My family and friends presented me with a beautiful birth bead necklace for my second child’s celebration, with each bead selected and sent from those close to me who were in attendance or not able to make it.)

* Or, you can find a group of mothers online through the many due
date clubs. (It’s easy to arrange a birth bead swap. Simply ask each mother to mail enough beads for all participants to one person. The one person than sorts and separates all the beads into individual envelopes to ship back out to everyone. Then everyone makes their own individual pieces, sharing photos, thanks and later, birth stories, online.)

2010-04-26 - Monday Muse - Birth Beads

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