We started off by sitting in a circle in the lounge room and all my friends and family introduced themselves. My friend who volunteered to host the formal part of the gathering welcomed everyone and explained why we were gathered together. She said
She then read some messages that had been sent by friends who couldn't make it. Then we went around the circle and each of my guests presented me with a candle (or candles) for me to light when I'm in labour, and a bead (or beads) to contribute to making me a birth necklace. I ended up with so many beautiful and meaningful beads from everyone that my friends had enough to make me a long necklace, a bracelet and a bracelet for my parnter!
While I kicked back and received the pampering of a life time (and it truly was, it was so exquisite that I felt like I was floating above and outside of my body!) my friends took stock of all the beads I had received and began crafting my birth necklace. I am in awe of the amazing job they did.
The necklace is amazing. Every single piece of it was hand picked by those who love me, to bless me, to send their best wishes for my first birth experience. I have to say that when I put it on for the first time I could feel the weight of all that meaning! I felt as if I were wearing love, life and birth around my neck, swamped in it!