August link round-up: home birth, cesarean birth, body image after birth and more…

Birth Art Goddess Sculptures From Talk Birth http://www.etsy.com/shop/talkbirth

I love putting together these monthly link round-ups because I get to revisit my favorite articles and websites from the previous month. In August we celebrated World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7) and we observed "the Day of Hope and Healing, a national remembrance day for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, infant or child loss." Then we read articles about home birth, cesarean birth, body image, raising Pagan children, rites of passage, and more:From Witch Mom - Teaching … [Read more...]

Pagan paths for children?

Michelle leading Water n Wax Scrying with Pagan kids, Pagan Alliance Witches' Ball, SF Bay Area 2012

"Pagan parents' emphasis on freedom of religious choice for their children means that some parents are reluctant to consider their children 'Pagan' until (and unless) the children themselves decide to follow Pagan paths." - S. Zohreh Kermani, Pagan Family Values: Childhood And The Religious Imagination In Contemporary American Paganism In August Patheos hosted a site-wide conversation about Passing On the Faith to children. Since Pagans often struggle over whether, when, and how to best pass on … [Read more...]

Link round-up

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"What is more mysterious than the great unknown existing beyond the frontiers of birth and death?" - Amy Wright Glenn in Birth, Breath, & Death, the Sacred Readings: A Global Book Club book in June. It's time for a round-up of the best links shared on the Pagan Families Facebook page in July.On Pagan Pregnancy and Parenting:From The Allergic Pagan: The Challenges of Family Rituals: "Paganism can be incredibly intricate. In simplifying it for my children, is something lost in the … [Read more...]

Planning Pagan Families Includes Access To EC

#ECinOurHands

After 10 years of debate in the U.S., emergency contraception (EC) is now on store shelves nationwide.  Access to safe, reliable contraception is an essential part of our healthcare and ability to plan our families.Today is the first day of an #ECOTC Week of Celebration planned from August 1st to August 8th. Check out the celebratory and informative Tumblr site where you can upload a photo of EC in your own hands.We've discussed contraception so rarely here at Pagan Families that I hadn … [Read more...]

When Pagans Adopt: Open your soul, heart, and mind

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I interviewed Tara “Masery” Miller in June about her experience initiating the adoption process. She writes the Staff of Asclepius blog here at Patheos and we previously published her beautiful essay about facing infertility. This week I checked in on her progress, and she generously answered five new questions:1.      You're further along in your adoption process now. Can you briefly describe what that means?That means we are about half way done with our fostering and adoption classes. W … [Read more...]

Can children appreciate nature?

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Last week John Halstead wrote about his family vacation and his disappointment in his children's reaction to natural beauty: I find myself wondering what has changed between my childhood and now that I enjoy these drives. The contrast is all the more acute since I have children of my own. This past weekend, I hiked with my family up a mountainside to show them a beautiful meadow and a vista I had happened upon. My kids, now 11 and 14, enjoyed the view for all of 10 seconds before becoming … [Read more...]

A gallery of birth altars

Jacquelyn shares, "This is my birth altar for my third baby. At the center is a Frigga doll by the lovely Dancing Goddess Dolls. A picture of me while pregnant with my 2nd, various birth goddess statues, candles (fire), a fan for labor (air), seashells (water), a decorated gourd rattle (earth) and birth jewelry I made for the journey. "

I posted a call for birth altar photos on our Facebook page and you guys came through with a whole bunch of beautiful, inspiring, individually intimate birth altar photos. Here are the ones that I've gotten permission to share on the blog. Aren't they lovely? Thanks to everyone who shared!    Also, check out Molly's photo-packed description of building a birth altar and Lily's ideas on how you can build a birth altar. … [Read more...]

Fighting for Families: SCOTUS & Wendy Davis

Image from Strong Families http://www.strongfamiliesmovement.org

I usually try to steer clear of politics here so we can stay focused on Pagan family life, but the truth is that politics refuses to steer clear of our families, and this week I just don't want to let current events pass without a mention.The Supreme Court rendered decisions challenging DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act) and Prop 8 in California, all of which means many same sex couples are now one step closer to having their marriages and their families recognized and supported. The Wild … [Read more...]


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