Cesarean awareness month

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April has been Cesarean Awareness Month. Why is there an awareness campaign for a common medical procedure? Because it's way too common!The World Health Organization (WHO) and medical studies agree that the best outcomes happen in places where the cesarean rate is 5 - 10%, but in the U.S. nearly 1 in 3 mothers delivers by cesarean. That's cause for alarm.It's important to understand that this crisis is not caused by mothers in any way. Researchers have identified several causes within … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Cycles

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. Mandalas, cycles, birth and death, seasons, tides, an unfolding life... "Your life is also a mandala. In each year, you complete a cycle, a mandala, with you at its center and around which revolves that year's events and experiences. Elongating that cycle, we see the mandala that is your life, which … [Read more...]

Enoughness

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 “We don’t think ourselves into a new way of living; we live ourselves into a new way of thinking.” –Richard Rohr (quoted in More or Less) Resting and reading and nursing the child, trying to figure out enoughness. This sentence was the tagline on my long-ago first blog. I’ve been dancing with enoughness since I was a child. I was raised in a family that embraced voluntary simplicity and being “downwardly mobile,” a long time before there were organized groups promoting these types of intentiona … [Read more...]

Track your cycles

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Since Molly wrote about the benefit to paying close attention to the rhythms of her cycle, I wanted to share some practical resources for getting started.First, Taking Charge of Your Fertility is the best book I know on the subject. It can teach you how your cycle works, how to use evidence like basal body temperature and cervical fluid changes to get a really good understanding of your personal cycle, and how to implement that knowledge for birth control or pregnancy achievement.To put … [Read more...]

Our rockin’ writers

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Last week we quietly added Kira as a regular contributor to Pagan Families. Kira Nuit is a writer, geek, textile artist, witch and mother. She strives to build a simple and fulfilling life that integrates all her parts — which includes figuring out how to provide excellent care for her toddling daughter while also bathing regularly. She writes about it atEarth Mama Prime. Kira had already contributed some of our most popular posts about spiritual practices to do during pregnancy and with small … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Alaina

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The Birth of Alaina January, 2011 7lbs, 8oz; 20 inches. Short version of her story is here, longest version is here, and labor pictures are here.I had a restless, up and down night, getting up at 3:00 a.m. and even checking in with my online class. My husband got up with me and we talked and speculated. Waves were four minutes apart and then kind of dissipated unenthusiastically away. He went back to bed at 4:00 and I listened to my birth hypnosis CD. At 6:00, I was feeling trapped lying … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Loving

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. Heart, love, growth, and imperfection... "Though the human body is born complete in one moment, the birth of the human heart is an ongoing process. It is being birthed in every experience of your life." - John O'Donahue "Perhaps we parents would judge ourselves less harshly if we acknowledged that we … [Read more...]

Why I Am a Pagan

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By Kira NuitThe rituals of Catholicism spoke to me in their scents and sounds; the sacred music sang through me as I sang it. But the building felt full of human longing yet empty of Presence, and the institution of the Church displayed too many flaws for me to feel comfortable with it.Mary came to me one twilight as I sat in Her rose garden. She showed me the face of the Starry Mother. That Presence, that energy, I followed. Mary was the bridge, leading me out of the church and into the … [Read more...]


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