Mamapriestess

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Mamapriestess ...She who defends and protects She who opens her heart just a little wider She who trusts She who tries again She who gathers to her breast She who gathers women in ritual She who hopes Prays Fears She who loves so deeply That it crosses all boundaries To eternity. (*This post is excerpted from Goddess Mother by Molly | Feminism and Religion.) The Motheredness of the World Cynthia Eller in Living in the Lap of the Goddess notes that “some spiritual … [Read more...]

Threshold Moments

Just over the threshold!

“Labor is all about finding your threshold and learning you can go beyond it.” –Rose St. John I think one of the powerful lessons of birth is about one’s own immense capacity. Each of my births has had a “threshold” moment and, indeed, I have some notes taken for a possible future article about being, “At the Threshold: Pivotal Moments in Birth.” With my first son my threshold moment occurred during pushing when I realized I had to just do it, I had to push him out even … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

“Blessed be all the mothers of mothers. Blessed be all the daughters of daughters. Blessed be all the daughters of mothers. Blessed be all the mothers of daughters. Now and forever, wherever we are.” –Diann L. Neu In Uganda there is a special word that means "mother of a newborn"--nakawere. According to the book Mothering the New Mother, "this word and the special treatment that goes with it apply to a woman following every birth, not only the first one. The massages, the foods, the … [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 … [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...]

Creating a Birth Altar, Part 2 (Unexpected Wisdom)

I recently described the birth altar that I created before my last birth. Some of the elements included on the altar came from quotes from a page-a-day calendar from a $1 Shop and some were parts of a t-shirt tag from the tag on a shirt I purchased from WYSH at an LLL conference in 2009 (why keep a t-shirt tag from 2009, you might ask? Because it had lots of cool things written on it! And, behold, it became a source of birth altar wisdom for me. Wisdom lurks in unexpected places!) I am struck … [Read more...]

Creating a Birth Altar, Part 1

Inspired by birth altars created by artist Amy Swagman of The Mandala Journey, I decided I wanted to make a special birth altar for the birth of my daughter. My mom bought me a small, unfinished curio cabinet/shadow box to use for this purpose. The first thing I did was to paint it “placenta red” using a blend of red and purple paints to get the shade I wanted. This is my favorite “power” color. I had a variety of postcards, tags, and inspirational words saved and some of them … [Read more...]

Placenta Magic

Belly cast from second pregnancy.

...And when you see this wondrous thing That grew me up so well, Say thank you to the Goddess Who made us from one cell...* --Dr. Sarah Buckley, "Ode to My Placenta" I've said for many years now that my favorite color is "placenta red." A deep, rich, life-saturated red. I'm amazed by the placenta. How cool is it that we can grow a whole new organ and then just release it from our bodies when it is no longer needed? Pretty cool. I think the reason the placenta might not get as much … [Read more...]

Hold to the vision…

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"To dance is to reach for a world that doesn't exist, To sing the heartsong of a thousand generations, To feel the meaning of a moment in time." - Beth Jones "I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."  ~Edward Everett Hale After writing about human trafficking for the Patheos book club and then reading a truly horrifying article about incredible, unimaginable violence and brutality … [Read more...]

International Women’s Day: Mama, You’re Amazing!

The world needs you. Sing your strengths dance your passions smile your successes hug yourself with compassion for your painful moments take a second to drink it up and to rest in powerful certainty that you are enough. Breathe out breathe in soft shoulders soft belly strong legs strong woman. A mother who is seen who is heard who is appreciated who is valued. In and out Mama, you're amazing. (3/8/2013) This month marks my eighth anniversary as a breastfeeding … [Read more...]