Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Birthing Candles

One of the many traditions surrounding birth includes the use of birth candles. I'm not talking about twinkle lights to adorn your sacred birthing area. I'm referring to the act of having other people light candles during your birth.

You can adapt the practice in many ways to suit your desires during birth. If you're religious, you can find religious candles and include a little prayer card so that your support people can pray for you while you're birthing. You can send birth candles out to everyone, or ask them to supply their own. You can even have them take photos and upload them during your birth.

Candles are strong symbols. Their flames can represent strength, hope and light in the darkness. They represent the new person being birthed earthside. They represent the light inside all of us during our labors- that deep, steady flame of hope and unending strength required to bring a baby into the world.

Your birth candle can stay in your home, a symbol of that special event, or it can travel. Passing on the birth candle to family and friends for their births is another beautiful tradition. You pass with it the memories and the energy from your birth.

Today, we are sending up flames of light and love for Lynn Heinisch. She is currently laboring at home, working to bring her Warrior Baby earthside. Her journey to this point has been long, and it has been filled with pain and loss, along with joy and courage. I want Lynn to know that my birth candle is sitting here, alight with hope and strength. I want her to know that many women are surrounding her with peace, love, energy and courage.

Love and light to you, Lynn. You are a beautiful mama warrior and we are all supporting you.


Lynn rocked her HBAC (Homebirth After Cesarean). In the wee hours of July 4th, after 42 weeks of pregnancy, she birthed her second son earthside! His name is Lucas Odin and he weighed 7lbs, 3oz and measured 20 inches long. Lynn happily reports: "Normal, physiological birth is possible!" Thank you, Lynn, for sharing your journey from unnecessary interventions, multiple pregnancy losses, to a healing homebirth. Congratulations to you and your family and I hope you have a beautiful babymoon!

Family joy

Baby Lucas