Baby showers are a great place for people to gather in the energy and excitement of new life, and a great place for a new mama to be appreciated and shown some love.
And sarcastically speaking, it’s a great place for people to come together for just a couple hours, dote on the mama, daydream about the new baby, eat some cake, then go home to their regular lives and forget about the whole thing. The mama is left with a giant pile of presents to be put together, clothes that need organizing, and a list of thank-you cards to write and mail out.
A new mama doesn’t need a party (although they’re nice), she needs a Village.
In my fantasy baby shower world, the guests would come together for that first shower where they’re fed a delicious brunch, given baby-themed decorated cookies, and bottomless mimosas, and then all of the guests would be put on a rotating schedule for the mama’s last weeks of pregnancy and the first months postpartum. Anybody who sat at Table 1 during the baby shower is on laundry and housekeeping duty. Those who sat at Tables 2-4 are now part of the food delivery and meal prep team. Table 5 is committed to being available via text message and phone call for 24/7 emotional support through the next five months. Although I’m sure this is something that could happen-- I mean some people have friends who really are this awesome, but it’s not going to be the norm for most people. That’s why we created Be Her Village. Where a mom can register for the support she needs to make pregnancy, birth, and motherhood the best it can be for herself and her family.