Pregnancy, Childbirth, and your Ancestors

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by Molly KhanIt wasn't until I became pregnant with my third child that I began to consider the more spiritual aspects of childbirth.  It helped that around that time I was becoming more involved in and more serious about my Paganism, delving beyond High Day and Full Moon observances and creating a personal, daily practice.  Pregnancy, and parenting my other two children, was a huge part of my life, and so it naturally figured largely in the deities I connected to and the practice I was d … [Read more...]

Inhabited by the Divine: Cut, Stapled and Mended

Recently I found myself totally absorbed by Roanna Rosewood’s birth memoir: Cut, Stapled, and Mended. In an overlap with my interests that I didn't anticipate, I discovered that in many ways Rosewood’s book is about a journey to the sacred feminine within herself. This thread of her discovery of the larger forces of what it means to be female that runs throughout the book and I was especially interested by several mentions of a sense of being inhabited by the Divine, the Sacred Feminine. Writing … [Read more...]

Review: Birth, Breath & Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula

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Reading Birth, Breath & Death makes me want to hold my family close and also hold my heart open to strangers. And it makes me wish that Amy Wright Glenn had written more.Glenn, who's been a philosophy teacher, birth doula, and hospital chaplain, meditates thoughtfully on birth and death and the body-spirit through-line of breath that connects them both. She observes, "So many women never witness childbirth until it is directly upon them, until they themselves are in labor. Death, like … [Read more...]

Midwives Make a Difference

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Not only is this International Babywearing Week, it's also National Midwifery Week! Both of these weeks of education and celebration are something Pagans can get behind.We don't have a whole lot of social scientific data about what Pagans want, choose, or experience in birthing, but we do know that they favor midwifery care. According to Kimberly Hedrick's Pagan Health Survey, "The majority of Pagans would opt for natural childbirth attended by a midwife, with less than 20% saying they would … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Birth as a Spiritual Experience (Thesis Project)

“Here is your sacrament Take. Eat. this is my body this is real milk, thin, sweet, bluish, which I give for the life of the world… Here is your bread of life. Here is the blood by which you live in me.” --Robin Morgan (in Life Prayers, p. 148)“…When I say painless, please understand, I don’t mean you will not feel anything. What you will feel is a lot of pressure; you will feel the might of creation move through you…” – Giuditta Tornetta in Painless Childbirth“I am the holy mot … [Read more...]

Book birthday party — Day 2: An excerpt

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All week we're celebrating the one year anniversary of my ebook Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year. Today I want to gift you with a book excerpt about birth stories. The words are quoted directly from the book, but I'm adding a bunch of links here just for fun. "Birth StoriesTo have access to the full potential of a birthing experience, it can be helpful to read, hear, and tell birth stories. Storytelling is an important component of many Pagan … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Alaina

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The Birth of Alaina January, 2011 7lbs, 8oz; 20 inches. Short version of her story is here, longest version is here, and labor pictures are here.I had a restless, up and down night, getting up at 3:00 a.m. and even checking in with my online class. My husband got up with me and we talked and speculated. Waves were four minutes apart and then kind of dissipated unenthusiastically away. He went back to bed at 4:00 and I listened to my birth hypnosis CD. At 6:00, I was feeling trapped lying … [Read more...]


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