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...]

Birth Spiral Chakra Blessing

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Birth spiral. Energy feel it spin throughout your body. Beginning in your core, unfolding, unfolding, spiraling upward into a peak and release Every part of you opening making space making room for this new little one. Calling the child forth into your waiting arms your waiting family your waiting heart. Enlivened alive fully engaged and embodied in the current of labor. It builds it pulses it rolls it rocks it peaks it crests. These waves of power. They are you. You are … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding and Parenting as Spiritual Practices

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 Every single human being was drummed into this world by a woman, having listened to the heart rhythms of their mother. ––Connie Sauer When I became a mother, many things in my life changed. I was startled and dismayed by the magnitude in which my free time diminished and one by one many of my leisure pursuits and hobbies were discarded. The time for one of my favorite hobbies increased exponentially, however: reading. As a child I was a voracious reader—my mother had to set a limit fo … [Read more...]

Birth as Initiation

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“Childbirth is a rite of passage so intense physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, that most other events in a woman’s life pale next to it. In our modern lives, there are few remaining rituals of initiation, few events that challenge a person’s mettle down to the very core. Childbirth remains a primary initiatory rite for a woman.” –from the book MotherMysteries via Thesis Tidbits: Birth as a Shamanic Experience | Talk Birth. I just finished reading a short book called Return t … [Read more...]

Birth Mystery

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“Women’s mysteries, the blood mysteries of the body, are not the same as the physical realities of menstruation, lactation, pregnancy, and menopause; for physiology to become mystery, a mystical affiliation must be made between a woman and the archetypal feminine. A woman must sense, know or imagine herself as Woman, as Goddess, as an embodiment of the feminine principle…Under patriarchy this connection has been suppressed; there are no words or rituals that celebrate the connection between a wom … [Read more...]


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