A mother blessing ceremony consists of creating a sacred space to honor a pregnant mother and all of her female ancestors before her. Shaundra’s friends and family gathered together and celebrated her and bring her well wishes for a safe and peaceful birth. They gave her beads to create a necklace for her, and told her stories of how she had each touched their lives. They danced, they laughed, and they cried tears of happiness. I felt so grateful to have been a part of this special ceremony. I was supposed to also take pictures of her birth, but her baby had other plans and was born early, while their family was on vacation in the mountains.