What color is your pain? Magic for pregnant aches

By C. B. CabeenMidway through the second trimester, my ribs started hurting around the bra line, like something was cutting into them.  It wasn't my bra's fault, though, because taking it off didn't help, and changing bras didn't help.  It messed with my ability to exercise and cook dinner, and after a few weeks I was sick of it.  I was even more sick of hearing myself talk about it.So many of the ways we describe pain are boring.  If I describe exactly where my ribs hurt, how much does that … [Read more...]

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How to make birth art

photo courtesy of Amy Swagman

Note: Were you inspired by Amy Swagman's birth mandalas yesterday? Read this short essay in which she describes how to start making birth art of your own.The state of mind you're in when you create artwork is the same state of mind you are in when you labor and birth.  It is a fluid, intuitive, timeless space where you accept everything as the whole and have a harder time reasoning, rationalizing and compartmentalizing.  By making lots of art during pregnancy you are practicing being in that … [Read more...]

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What’s in a Name?

by Kira NuitImagine one of your kid's friends at the door asking “can Floribunda come out to play?” Or, when young Floribunda gets into trouble, imagine how you might feel barking out, “Floribunda Oregano Sunbeam!” I've heard some names on the playground that I would not want to holler out my back door at suppertime.One of the first things confronting pregnant couples is what to name their baby. Throughout history we have bequeathed the names of our ancestors, named our children to honor … [Read more...]

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Spiritual practice in pregnancy

Note: This essay by Suus is a slightly revised reprint from Heart of the Witch.  Many of the practices described in this essay come from the Feri tradition.Recently one of my pagan friends complained on facebook that there is not a lot she could find around pagan pregnancy, so I guess it is about time I share my experiences, having gone through a pagan pregnancy myself.Is there any difference to a non-pagan pregnancy you might wonder? And I must say that I honestly don’t know, because I ha … [Read more...]

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To my daughter on the occasion of her mother’s birth

Note: This poem by Sierra Black is a reprint from July 22, 2004 on ChildWild.Tiny goddess of my body I’m twenty-six today, and you have Two months and two days even In the world.The tail end of our nap this afternoon found you curled Against my skin as if you Did not care if we were one or two.Startled by the beauty of your eyes, I (inadvertently) dropped a book on your head. A slim paperback volume Titled simply “desire”A gift from your father, A memory bridge to a life Before yours when … [Read more...]

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Welcome Serena Rose!

Baby Girl

Note: This birth story by Sierra Black is a reprint from July 15, 2007 on ChildWild.  The story of her first child's birth is here.Serena Rose Hunter Black was born at 10 pm EST on July 9 at The Birth Cottage, as planned. She was born in the birth tub and caught by her dad. Her sister cut the cord like she’d been wanting to. Serena Rose weighed 10 pounds 7 ounces, is 23 inches long and has very soft golden hair and dark blue eyes.The birth was attended by my wonderful and beloved ca … [Read more...]

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We celebrate the birth of another Witch on Earth

Note: This beautiful birth story by Sierra Black is a reprint from June 1, 2004 on ChildWild.I am a mother!Rio Willow Hunter Black was born at 4:10 p.m. EST on May 24, 2004.She weighed 9lbs 4 oz, and has a thick head of dark brown hair and dark blue eyes.Though we did have to transport to hospital to birth her, Mom, baby and Dad are all in perfect health and happily settled at home now. Martin caught her as she was born, and laid her on my belly, and she hasn’t been out of my sight f … [Read more...]

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