Birth Guardians: Jane Hardwicke Collings

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This is the first in a new series, inspired by Radical Doula Profiles, 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.  If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.  What is your name?Jane Hardwicke … [Read more...]

Review: Birthrites

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Birth is the archetypal rite of passage for a woman, containing the essential elements of any ritual: separation from normal life, a profound transition during which the participants occupy a timeless time, followed by re-entry into society in a changed state.  It can also be seen as a holy sacrament; the entry of a soul from another plane into this earthly dimension. -- Jackie Singer, Birthrites Birthrites: Rituals and Celebrations for the Child-bearing Years was a fortuitous find for me, a … [Read more...]

How to get involved

Pagan Families has been growing as a resource on Pagan pregnancy and birth because of its many readers and contributors.  We're up past 540 likes on Facebook, and the writers who've contributed to the blog number in the double digits.  That's pretty exciting!Are you a writer who's been thinking about making a contribution?  Now's a great time to have a look at our contributor guidelines and send us that post.Here are some topics it would be great to see addressed here at Pagan Fa … [Read more...]

The Pagan Health Survey on Pagan pregnancies

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Did you take The Pagan Health Survey last year?  The results of this survey were interesting for many reasons, including the little bit they tell us about how Pagans approach pregnancy and birth.Cultural anthropologist Kimberly Hedrick conducted the research using participant-observation, interviews, and an internet survey with 1,598 respondents.  She presented her results at the American Public Health Association conference in Denver, Colorado in fall of 2010 and the Pagan Studies Co … [Read more...]

It’s a Girl!: Gender and Pagan Birthing

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I just got the word that I'll be making a presentation at the Pagan Alliance's 1st Annual Conference on Earth-Based, Nature-Centered, Polytheistic & Indigenous Faiths, 2011 Theme: Gender & Earth-Based Spiritualities. The conference will be on Saturday, September 24 in San Francisco (the page linked to above has all the conference details, but the time of my presentation is going to change). My presentation will be It’s a Girl!: Gender and Pagan Birthing It’s a girl!  It’s … [Read more...]

A quick check-in

Hello wonderful Pagan Families readers!  It's been a while since we've posted anything new here, but we haven't forgotten you.  The editorial team has just been preoccupied with things like a vacation, a cross-country move, and new writing projects.We do have a couple of great posts in the queue, nearly ready to post, but waiting for some final input from various people.  If you make a submission, don't be surprised if we ask you for a little revision.  We're not trying to be mean -- we're try … [Read more...]

Review: Bless This Child

"Here, under my heart you'll keep till it's time for us to meet..." --Erica Mann Jong (33)Edward Searl is a Unitarian minister and the editor of Bless This Child: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings to Celebrate Birth.  He writes that the collection, "gives voice to the many hopes and wishes that accompany the arrival of a new child." (vii)These prayers, poems, and meditations are "culled from antiquity and from our contemporary world, written and spoken by parents, priests, … [Read more...]

Review: Circle Round

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The day before Samhain, Diane Baker stood in her kitchen thinking about needing to plan a celebration for her family and wondered, "Why isn't there just a book I could open?"  So she collaborated with Anne Hill and Starhawk to write the book she wanted to read, Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions.Circle Round offers resources divided into four sections:*Part One: Welcome to the Circle introduces the book and the practice of Goddess traditions with children. *Part … [Read more...]


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