Making a belly cast is a wonderful way to capture your belly in the final stages of pregnancy. It can be done on your own, with your partner, or as part of a blessingway ceremony.
The dried cast can be left blank or decorated pretty much any way you like: with paint, feathers, collage, beads. If you do your cast as part of a blessingway or with friends, you can ask them each to bring something meaningful to decorate your cast with. Friends and family can help the pregnant mom with the preparation and casting process. Afterwards, it can be hung on a wall as a visual reminder of your baby’s first home.
Making the cast is fairly simple, and you can gather the supplies at a craft store, or buy a kit at The Mothering Touch Centre with everything you need as well as instructions on how to create your cast.
We also have books such as Birthing From Within by Pam England, it offers advice and techniques for making your cast, as well as other projects to express yourself artistically during your pregnancy; and Shari Maser’s book, "Blessingways: A Guide to Mother-Centered Baby Showers". She has many suggestions for marking your pregnancy as a rite of passage into motherhood.
So pull out your beads and feathers, your favourite pictures and your paintbrush, and get casting!