Birthrites: Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years

Birthrites: Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years


By (author) Jackie Singer

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  • Publisher: Hyden House Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 200mm x 20mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 18 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Clanfield, Hants
  • ISBN 10: 185623049X
  • ISBN 13: 9781856230490
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 14 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 539,518

Product description

Birthrites offers practical advice for potential parents. However, rather than concentrating solely on pregnancy, birth, and motherhood, this book also explores "Becoming a Father," "Adoption," and "Miscarriage" (to name but a few). Jackie Singer emphasizes the importance of ritual and ceremony in marking life-changing events, and sharing this experience with others. The suggested ceremonies are varied in nature, ensuring wide-ranging appeal. Some simply involve quiet contemplation, whereas others incorporate a specific activity. Throughout the book, Singer emphasizes the individuality and adaptability of ceremony; nothing is set in stone. The author's personal experiences are interspersed with quotes and real-life accounts. Singer provides reassurance and support in this relaxed, friendly guide and achieves a considered balance between practicality and sensitivity. Birthrites identifies an ancient facet of human activity forgotten by some of us and overlooked by many. Far too often in modern life, the importance of pausing for thought is disregarded.

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"[Though] as the human experience of fertility and reproduction is medicalized in our current times, it still remains an area of profundity . . . Whether we have a need to express joy, seek guidance, or grieve our losses, working with ritual can give us the means to engage more fully with the mysteries of birth, death, and transformation."--Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine