How to Celebrate the Sisterhood of Mommy-hood

The Holding Hands Bracelet Collection
The Holding Hands bracelet is an exclusive My Mommy Manual piece, representing the strength moms source from each other. Each hand-crafted glass bead bears the symbol of two hands clasping. It’s a reminder that life is more fun when we’re holding hands!

It is a touching shower gift for an expecting mom because the charm bracelet is designed for each guest to add their own symbolic wishes for the celebrant as she crosses the threshold into mommy-hood.

It is also a wonderful gift for any mom — gift it to your friends who drove your older kids to school after your youngest was born, or to the best friend who takes your kids when the babysitter cancels at the last minute. This bracelet is forever a tangible reminder of the strength in our shared experiences as moms.

The bracelets are sterling silver bangle or silver-plated or snake chain.

Now only $27-39

A portion of your purchase benefits our woman- and child-focused non-profit partners.

Watch the broadcast from A Mom Is Born, the virtual baby shower in which as we hosted a Holding Hands Ceremony for KMOV news anchor and expecting mom, Virginia Kerr. We shared Holding Hands bracelets and wishes. We chatted live with 1,198 viewers AND we raised over $6500 for the March of Dimes.

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The Holding Hands Ceremony
You can host your own Holding Hands Ceremony! It is a powerful, tangible ritual, representing our bond as moms — but as you can see in the video, be prepared with tissues!

A. When to Celebrate a Holding Hands Ceremony
Baby Showers
Christenings and Namings
Mothers Day
Valentine’s Day
Any joyful or challenging milestones/events

Long before baby showers, from the Celts to the Navajos, a common ritual took place that honors a mother-to-be. Commonly called a Blessingway, it is a gathering of women who support each other, not just during birth but also through the natural transitions of life, who believe in a woman’s innate strength as a mom, and keeps her in their thoughts and prayers.

We believe that birth signifies new life, not just for the baby but for the woman. Just as a baby is crossing a threshold from the warm and secure womb into the great unknown, a woman crosses from the life she has known thus far to a whole new world. The circle of women that surround her, many  who have gone before her — give her community, a sense of connection to other women, and the strength that comes when we hold hands.

B. Who Can Participate
Anyone who is important to the celebrant can be included — especially her women friends.

Convenient Supplies
• pens
• ribbon
• a printout of the Holding Hands Gift Card (comes with purchase of bracelet)
• as many printouts of  the WISHES printable file as there are guests (free download with purchase)
• cameras and video recorders
• lots o’ tissue!

C. What to Do
1) Buy a Holding Hands bracelet.
A portion of your $27 purchase will go to one of our woman- and child-focused charity partners. Please allow 2-5 days for delivery within the continental U.S.

2) Invitations
Invite each guest to bring a bead and their wish for the celebrant. If invitations are being sent in the mail, include a printout of WISHES that each guest can fill out beforehand and bring to the event.

Also include this convenient list of online retailers that carry Pandora-style (large, 4-5mm hole size) beads and charms. Many national jewelers carry them too, like Helzberg and Hannoush. You may wish to add stores in your area.

St. Louis Beads on Etsy


Goody Beads

Clotho Charm Club


If you are sending electronic invitations, include the links to retailers in your message and add the WISHES file as an attachment.

4) Ceremony

• Plan about 5 minutes during your gathering for each person to present their Wish.
• Make sure that each guest signs the gift card.
• Find an area where everyone can assemble and be comfortable. Have lots of tissues handy! 🙂
• The host(s) can gather the party together and explain what will happen next.
• Each guest will now present their bead and the significance of why she chose it for her friend.

For an expecting mom, each bead will remind her of the woman who gave it to her, and who holds her in thoughts during labor and delivery.

• As each guest presents her bead and wish, it is added to the Holding Hands bracelet.
• After all the wishes are read out loud, the collection of wishes can be rolled and tied with ribbon as a keepsake for the celebrant.