Pregnancy marks a major rite of passage in a woman’s life. It is a time of preparation for birth and mothering – a time of celebration and transition to a new part of womanhood. Our modern society places considerable emphasis on material preparations for welcoming a baby but neglects to spiritually prepare and bless the birthing mother. In our Celebrations section you can read about Blessingways, a birthing ritual or ceremony of the Navajo people. We have information on how to plan and hold a blessingway as well as other practical ideas and suggestions to celebrate pregnancy and encourage, inspire and support the birthing woman to trust herself and birth.