I fell in love with the rebozo during my first doula training almost ten years ago. If there comes a day that I stop being a doula, I will never be able to let go of my rebozos. They have become a part of me, and it is so hard to describe how I feel about them through the written word. I feel like my rebozos are infused with sacredness and the power of all of the birthing energy they have been around over the past decade.
One way I have tried to learn a little more about the rebozo is through children’s books. I am so excited that my local library has a few. Hopefully I will be able to increase this list over the years, but for now, here are two books that my local library has available to check out:
What Can You Do with a Rebozo? Written by Carmen Tofolla and illustrated by Amy Córdova
I love that this book is in both English and Spanish. I have been trying to learn a little bit of Spanish over the past few years, and I hope to at least be able to carry on a very basic conversation by the time I become a nurse. One day I might be able to read and understand the Spanish parts of the book. I wished that this book included anything about using the rebozo during pregnancy or birth, but it did not. It did mention baby wearing, though!
Rainbow Weaver Written by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri
This book is also in both English and Spanish. Most of the rebozo trainings I have undergone focus on the techniques from Mexican midwives, but this book is about rebozo traditions from the Mayan culture. The main character, a young girl named Ixchel (ee-SHELL), wants to learn how to weave a rebozo. Unfortunately, there is not enough money to purchase thread for Ixchel to be able to learn. Her family needs to be able to earn money for her school and books. Throughout the book, Ixchel finds a resourceful solution to her thread problem.
If you know of any other children’s books about rebozos I should check out, let me know in the comments!