Parent-To-Be Ceremonies

Parent-To-Be Ceremonies £250

 

These are for clients who want to:

  • surround themselves with friends/family prior to a birth or adoption,

  • hold an alternative to a baby shower,

  • compliment a traditional baby shower with a meaningful and personal ceremony,

  • create positive memories to support you through the birth or the early days of adoption,

  • recognise the exciting new stage in your life.

 

I feel as a society we are quite tough on new parents. I had prenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety. I didn't have a baby shower because I didn't want to be seen as making a fuss or for my friends to feel they were expected to bring presents. But what I didn't think about were my own needs and how positive it is to surround yourself with your "village" at such a vulnerable time.

So I have decided to offer Parent-To-Be Ceremonies!

These ceremonies aim to leave the parents-to-be feeling loved and full of confidence in themselves. They can be a way of releasing fears and worries as well as promoting empowerment and reminding the parents-to-be of the strength of their network.

They can include:

  • music and sing-a-longs,

  • poems,

  • readings,

  • promises,

  • symbolic actions. Here are some examples - wish trees, fingerprints, squares of fabric to be made into a blanket, painting the bump, bringing beads to make jewellery, bunting flags with messages of love, items for a hamper (e.g. healthy snacks, books, pamper kits), painting stones (anything that brings everyone together or that the parents-to-be can look at or read during labour or the early days of adoption).

 

My fee includes:

  • A planning meeting (either in person or by phone/video call)

  • A bespoke script that you may edit as you wish – we can edit this as many times as required until you feel completely happy.

  • Event co-ordination – Working with others involved to ensure the ceremony goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Readings and promises printed out onto card for your ceremony.

  • A presentation copy of the script for you as a keepsake.M

  • My time on the day including my arrival half an hour before the ceremony start time.

  • Mileage up to 40 miles from my home postcode LS19. Outside of 40 miles is priced at 45p per mile as recommended by the gov.uk website. Mileage is calculated using Google maps.

Bank holidays
Please note, there is an additional £50 charge for ceremonies held on all bank and public holidays.

 

Any hidden extras?
There are no further or hidden fees than those listed above.

I pay costs to Humanists UK to cover an accreditation and membership fee, Public Liability and Indemnity Insurance and as a contribution towards Humanist Ceremonies™ and the training and personal development of celebrants. This is all included in your fee.