To Welcome A Child...
There is Christian baptism, Jewish brit milah, Hindu jatakarma and namakarana, but also... secular naming ceremonies.
Parents love to celebrate a new arrival. It is an amazing opportunity to :
* Introduce the child to the larger circle of relatives and friends.
* Declare your intentions as parents, for example by making promises to the child.
* Name godparents - or rather "guideparents" in the context of a secular ceremony.
* Invite the audience to participate in a symbolic gesture, like planting a tree or writing a few words in a wish book.
There have always been rituals to welcome a child amongst the living. It is a particularly important "rite of passage" when couples first become parents. But it is also essential to acknowledge that each child is unique.
Such a ceremony does not necessarily have to be organised while the child is still a baby.
Also, in the context of an adoption, it can be a very meaningful event. I would argue that even after a mother gives birth to a baby, both parents still need to "adopt" it.
* Would you like to know more?
Please feel free to contact me (see my details below). I am happy to answer any question.
I usually propose a meeting in person or on Skype, in order to try and determine which kind of ceremony might be most suitable, how to organise it and how much it would cost.