We have a good friend who is expecting her second baby. Rather than have a traditional “shower” , she had what is called a “Blessingway“. One of the “gifts” you are asked to bring is a bead so that the mother can make a birth necklace. According to the website “Planning a Blessingway” the beads are strung onto a cord for the mother to wear during labor. ” Many mothers have said that these birth beads give them strength and focus during labor. It is a powerful and tangible way to show your love and the community support that surrounds the mother.”
Being the re-purposing kind, Melany and I decided to make a bead from each of us and to reuse an old issue of New Beginnings magazine (the La Leche League publication) .
With a little planning, we were able to make the beads show a pictures of babies.