Eating and spirituality Part 2: From the fields to our bellies

Food is the product of the earth; the earth is a mother goddess, literally the matrix of our physical existence. We are all products of the stars: earth, animals, plants; all the elements were forged in the reactions in the heart of stars. We are what we eat, so it is important to eat healthily & well. --Yvonne Aburrow In Part 1 on Eating and Spirituality I talked about getting started incorporating food into your spiritual life during pregnancy.  I also had the pleasure of introducing … [Read more...]

Eating and spirituality when you’re growing a baby

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Food, nutrition, and nourishment can raise a bewildering array of questions during the childbearing year.  Can I eat a healthy vegetarian diet while I am pregnant?  What foods should I eat and what should I avoid?  How much weight should I gain?  Should I be concerned about gestational diabetes?  Will I breastfeed or bottle-feed my baby?On top of all that, Pagans who celebrate their physical bodies and their connection to the natural world may also have ritual and theological questions about … [Read more...]

CDC data: home birth on the rise

The CDC released new data today on home births in the U.S., finding that "the percentage of U.S. births that occurred at home increased by 29%, from 0.56% of births in 2004 to 0.72% in 2009."  This increase mostly represents non-Hispanic white women.The report says "Women may prefer a home birth over a hospital birth for a variety of reasons, including a desire for a low-intervention birth in a familiar environment surrounded by family and friends, and cultural or religious concerns."We … [Read more...]

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...]


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