Birth centers

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A new study out last week provides evidence for the safety of midwifery care in birth centers. The abstract states: This study demonstrates the safety of the midwifery-led birth center model of collaborative care as well as continued low obstetric intervention rates, similar to previous studies of birth center care. These findings are particularly remarkable in an era characterized by increases in obstetric intervention and cesarean birth nationwide If reading scientific studies isn't your cup … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: The gates of life and death

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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.Decay, fertility, growth, cycles, birth, death... As any good gardener knows, it is the processes of decay that sustain the fertility of the soil. All growth arises from death. This cycle of birth, growth, death, decay, and regeneration is the basic life-sustaining process on this planet... death is … [Read more...]

All about my Birth book

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I just found out that Jade Oakroot wrote a really nice review of my book Birth On The Labyrinth Path over at the Bay Area Pagan Newswire Collective. This part of her review especially makes me grin: I want to give kudos to the author for writing a text that recognizes that not all pregnancy paths are the same, and that they aren’t all “ideal” or “natural.” Many include fertility treatments, pain killers and C-Sections. Not every baby breastfeeds, whether the mother desires it or not. Not all res … [Read more...]

Community wisdom for the NICU

After Niki's review last week of Pagan Parenting in the NICU, there was some great discussion on the Pagan Families Facebook page about NICU experiences. Several people shared their advice on dealing with the NICU and some obvious themes and points of agreement emerged.I didn't want all that great advice to get lost to the scrolling away Facebook feed, so I've collected it here. This is your community wisdom for life in  the NICU:Connect with a social worker, nurse, or doctor who can be … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Mothers, fathers, and grandmothers

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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.Motherhood, fatherhood, birth, transition, children, and grandchildren...  "Motherhood is the state a woman achieves once her baby has been born, or when she has young for whom to care.  It also refers to a group of mothers, the mystical sisterhood of those women who have given birth and/or perform mo … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Sexuality

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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.Sex, life force, creativity, fertility...  "Sexuality is a manifestation of the creative life force. Even if conception is not intended or achieved through a sex act, our sexual drive exists biologically in large part for the purpose of creating a new person: something quite significant in a … [Read more...]

Pagan Health Survey II

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Cultural anthropologist Kimberly Kirner is running an online survey on Pagans and access to healthcare. This is a follow-up to her 2010 survey which revealed some important information about Pagans and pregnancy. “Why should you take the Pagan Health Survey II? I am Pagan Druid and a cultural anthropologist at California State University, Northridge. I started the Pagan Health Survey in 2010, which provided a snapshot into the Pagan community, including our beliefs about healing and wellness and … [Read more...]

December link round-up

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On Twitter, Google+, and especially Facebook, I share lots of links and things associated with Paganism and childbearing. Today I've rounded up the highlights from December.A nice shout-out for Pagan Families from The Wild Hunt when we moved here to Patheos Information on birth goddesses from Maiden to Mother Thinking about the meaning of "bringing a baby earthside" at First the Egg Sister MorningStar reflects on freedom and midwifery Amy Swagman of The Mandala Journey created some s … [Read more...]


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