Welcoming the New Arrival
Once the baby has been safely delivered the new parents and grandparents may wish to welcome them.
This is best done after the mother and baby have left hospital, (if it has not been a home birth) perhaps on the day they arrive home. There are many restrictions in hospital – you cannot use candles or incense because of the inflammable gases (this is also a consideration for ritual during labour). In hospital the new mother baby are not alone and it is only when they arrive home that the enormity of parenthood is realised.
When parents and baby arrive home they might be greeted by the grandparents and the other children of the family 9if there are nay) with presents and representative tokens given to both baby and parents. Token for prosperity, wisdom and health are appropriate. The new family may be blessed but those present and the blessings of whichever aspect of the Divine Reality with which the couple work, requested. Thanks should be given for the safe arrival of the little one.
The new parents may introduce the baby to everyone assembled, each one giving a token and their blessing in turn. The baby’s lantern may be lit and the baby introduced to the tree or shrub that was planted at their conception.
Please not that mother and baby may be tired and the family may wish to be alone to recover their equilibrium before such a ceremony is performed. This is a time of adjustment for all concerned and the timing of this ceremony should be left to the decision of the new parents.