Wow KAT, me too!
Posted by Alissa on August 2, 2001 at 20:16:20:
In reply to: Re: Henna Tatoo for Birth of baby posted by KAT on August 1, 2001 at 09:09:00:: Hi Rebekah,
: I had my third baby this year, my other ones are 9 and 12 years
: This one was a bit of a surprise!
: Anyway, a week before my due date I let the boys Henna my belly
: whatever designs they wanted. One did a Pentacle with vines around
: belly button, the other did a moon and some sort of leaves and
: I did a CCJ design of the Goddess giving birth on my palm.
: Wouldn't you know it, my water broke that night!
: The nurses and midwives were quite intrigued by the designs, it was
: pretty cool.
Wow Kat, I had a very similar experience last month myself!
A week before my due date, I was restless one night and henna-ed my
palm with a CCJ 16th century flower and leaf design using Mehndi Mud
that I mixed myself. I figured if I didn't henna my palm now, who
knows when Id have a chance once the baby came. That very night my
water broke too. And just like you said, the nurses and midwife were
all intrigued and asked questions. It was a unique focal point for me
while laboring, and funny enough, right after delivery as the nurse
was cleaning the blood away, she glanced at my hand and started
wiping, then laughed as she realized it wasn't blood (the color was a
brilliant iodine-like red brown after only 5 hours of paste on).
For me that really drove home the ancient traditions of women using
henna to celebrate birth -- menstral blood, the lochia of birth and
then the deep red henna patterns on my palm... all connected.
(oh geez, i made myself teary!)
Best wishes to you Rebekah and your new little love. And who knows,
maybe henna will bring about your labor too!
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