About Sarah Whedon

Sarah Whedon is founding editor of Pagan Families, the author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year, and former Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious History at Cherry Hill Seminary. Sarah’s teaching, research, and advocacy work center around topics of spirituality, feminism, and reproduction. She makes her home in the Boston area with her partner and their children.

Birth Guardians: Catherine Rivera

Photo courtesy of Catherine Rivera.

Today’s profile of Catherine Rivera is part of our series profiling people who work with pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period (prenatal massage therapists, childbirth educators, OB/GYNs, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, labor & delivery nurses, pediatricians, etc.) and are Pagan or work with a Pagan community. Check out the previous Birth Guardian profiles. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.   Now here’s Catherin … [Read more...]

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White Pagans responding to Black churches burning

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 "Strengthen our hearts for love and just action." This morning's Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) phone call for faith leaders against the current rash of burning of Black churches began with these words said in prayer.Strengthen our hearts for love and just action, because we need strength to look squarely at the fact that Black churches are being burned.Strengthen our hearts for love and just action, because white people have an important role to play in the st … [Read more...]

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Ritual after a traumatic birth

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It can be devastating when birth doesn't go as planned. And birth is by nature a wildly unpredictable process with countless opportunities for the unexpected. That's part of what makes it the rite of passage that it is.A mama wrote to ask for ritual ideas to process the experience of a traumatic birth. In particular this mama wasn't able to have the birth she'd planned and she really missed the opportunity to interact with her placenta because it had been taken by hospital staff for t … [Read more...]

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The 4 best reads from March

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It's time again for the monthly link round-up of the best articles and resources for Pagan families from around the web.About families and ancestor work, from Witches and Pagans: "Yes, I know the topic of ancestor work can be a controversial one in the pagan community, because so many of us have deceased family members we wouldn’t call on if it was the last option open to us." About birth & death in Paganism, from The Wild Hunt: "Moore has been working for 15 years to make midwifery mo … [Read more...]

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3 great reads for Pagan parents

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Pagan Families is a multi-author blog about Paganism, pregnancy, parenting, and family life, yes, but it's also a resource library and a community discussion forum. We publish new articles here. We share and discuss them and lots more on Facebook and Twitter. Then each month, I round up the best new writing and resources and put it into a post, like this one for February.But first, a bit of news: we welcome Jason Mankey as the new Patheos Pagan editor and wish Christine Kraemer well in the … [Read more...]

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2 Mama Essays and 2 Pregnancy Prayers + 1 Roadmap To a Healthy Birth

“Pathway to a Healthy Birth” http://transform.childbirthconnection.org/reports/physiology/

Here's the round-up of January's best reads for Pagan families from around the web.Two Mama Essays:Amy Wright Glenn, The ocean, the Buddha and nummies: "Truly nothing prepared me for the biological beauty of nourishing my son with milk made in my body." Molly at Talk Birth, Womb Labyrinth: "Birth journey. Each of us walks our own path. In the center, a baby waits. And, so too, wait deep truths about ourselves. Our own courage, our own fears, our own strength, our own p … [Read more...]

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10 Great Reads of December on Paganism, parenting, social justice, and celebrating the season

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A monthly round-up of the best links shared and discussed on our active Facebook and Twitter streams.On Paganism and bringing babies into the world:"This Life Is Important" by J. Brown: "As a professional yoga teacher, I almost never use the term: “Life Force.” It just feels too woo-woo or cheesy and triggers my revulsion for new-age fluff. However, in attempting to describe the experience of witnessing my wife giving birth to our second child, I can think of no other term that fits more … [Read more...]

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Centering Black voices for racial justice #BlackLivesMatter

Pagan Families has been too slow to write about the current movement for racial justice and to affirm that #BlackLivesMatter. In "A Commitment to Realignment and Resignation" Crystal Blanton explains why Pagan organizations must be clear in their opposition to racial injustice.So I wrote something frankly pretty indulgent about my personal grappling with white privilege as a parent. It was useful to me to write it, but I've decided not to publish it. I realized that what I'm hearing over and … [Read more...]

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