Birth Guardians: Moriah Burke

Moriah Burke

Today’s profile of Moriah Burke is part of our series 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. Check out the previous Birth Guardian profiles. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.   Now here’s Moriah’s profi … [Read more...]

The Birth Candle

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By Moriah BurkeAs a pagan, I’ve heard many people say, “I’ll light a candle!” and I’ve also lit quite a few candles in my practice. Lighting a candle is in some cases the Christian equivalent of saying a prayer. I personally believe in having a candle lit for mothers in labor as their labor progresses. For me, this has usually entailed me not being physically present for the labor but starting a “labor vigil” once word has gotten out that the time is near. In a recent case, I did use a cand … [Read more...]

How to choose a doula

Doula Jen Miriam Altman supports mom in labor. From https://www.flickr.com/photos/greendoula/9266244478/

A friend recently asked for advice on choosing a doula to share with her pregnant coven-mate. Since finding a great birth doula can make a huge difference in a birthing experience, I thought I'd share here what I wrote to her.A doula should offer a free initial consultation and I'd suggest interviewing at least a couple of doulas that way. The most important thing is a matter of personal fit: does the doula feel like someone you can be vulnerable around?Otherwise there are all kinda of … [Read more...]

June Link Round-Up: Our words, our pictures, our bodies

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Here's a look back at June from the Pagan Families perspective:Pagan Families contributor Hannah E. Johnston released Children of the Green: Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions. Get your copy from the Pagan Families bookstore. In celebration, our Flash Points theme last month was Beyond Mommy Blogging, which got some great posts about writing while parenting little ones.In honor of Facebook's new breastfeeding photo policy, we shared lots of breastfeeding photos on our Facebook page. … [Read more...]

Flash Points: Birthing the Mother-Writer

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This post is part of our June Pagan Flash Points series on "Beyond Mommy Blogging."After my first son was born in 2003, I felt silenced. Stifled. Shut down. Squelched. Denied. Invisible. Dissolved. Muted. I felt suffocated, chewed up and my bones spit out, erased, deconstructed, worthless, and useless. In hindsight, I see the PPD-ish glint behind these feelings, though some of these feelings also featured in my pre-motherhood neuroses, and the postpartum time following my first baby's birth … [Read more...]

May Link Round-Up: Birthdays, bodies, and bacteria

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Each month I look back over the great links and discussions we share on Pagan Families' social media and I compile the best and most enduring links and things in a monthly link round-up.In May we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Mother's Wisdom Deck. We held our second Flash Points round robin, on the topic of children and sexuality in Paganism. In honor of International Midwives Day, we looked back at Pagan Families articles about midwives. Patheos celebrated its 5th … [Read more...]

April Link Round-Up: Medicine, magic, motherhood, and more

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Every month I read back over the links and things shared and discussed on the Pagan Families facebook and twitter pages, and write up the juiciest, most useful, most enduringly interesting links here in case you missed something. In April there were new babies, new facebook pages, and plenty of articles to read.We congratulated Niki from A Witch's Ashram who moved into her new house and immediately welcomed her baby girl to the world!Throughout April we observed Cesarean Awareness … [Read more...]

Cesarean Courage

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“Her courage is written on her body.” –Molly (Talk Birth) Last year I made several cesarean birth art sculptures by request. It felt like a “risk” of sorts to make them, like I was trying to interpret another woman’s experience artistically, but I did it and they were well-received. I chose to imprint words in the figure’s cesarean scar because I kept thinking about how that mother’s love and hope and courage are all permanently written on her body. Recently, I had requests to make more figures … [Read more...]


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