Welcome Your Baby: Pagan Traditions

Index: Conception

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Middle Pregnancy

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Labor and Delivery

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Early Infancy

Conception
  • Create a birth altar with photographs, herbs, jewelry, Mother-Goddess statuary, or other objects that are important to you and your family. This can begin before conception and updated throughout the stages of your pregnancy. If there are objects from your and/or your partner's infancy--baby booties or a special rattle, for example--these might be included on the altar. Once you learn that you are pregnant, the altar may also be used in a ritual of thanksgiving.

     

  • Consult "Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions" by Starhawk, Diane Baker, and Anne Hill for birthing rituals and tools for a meaningful pregnancy and childbirth. "Pagan Rites of Passage" by Pauline and Daniel Campanelli is another helpful resource book.

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  • The Pagan Parenting Page has a list of herbs that are thought to help encourage a pregnancy, including red clover flowers, nettle leaves, red raspberry leaves, dong quai root, false unicorn root, and primrose. Some of these might be ingested, or they might be hung over or put under your bed, placed in a pillow or pillowcase, or placed between your mattress and box spring. (Before ingesting any herbs, be sure to consult your doctor!)

     

  • Each of you should wear a cord of a favorite color somewhere on the body for a month, beginning at the woman's most fertile time. It can be worn on the wrist, around the neck, or around the ankle. At the end of the month, tie the two cords together, symbolizing two beings creating a third. Place the knotted cords somewhere in the bedroom, preferably under the bed.
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