Birth Warrior?

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After the birth of my daughter in 2011, I received a small package from a Birthing from Within mentor friend. In it was a sweet little t-shirt imprinted with the words, My Mama is a Birth Warrior. The words on the shirt surrounded a labyrinth image, which I love as a metaphor for birth and life. Written on the enclosed card was the following: Imagine a tribe in which a woman is prepared for childbirth in the same way warriors are prepared for battle. Imagine a Ceremony for this woman b … [Read more...]

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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...]

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A Mother’s Nest

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“Although pregnancy and birth is a richly intuitive and instinctive process, a woman will prepare her ‘nest’ and birth according to the style of her culture, in the same way that a particular species of bird will build its nest with whatever is available.” –Pam England I am planning a mother blessing ceremony for a good friend in September. In addition to fun plans like a belly cast and henna, she asked for something a little different than our usual "roster" of blessingway activities, in that s … [Read more...]

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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. " photo courtesy of Jacquelyn

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...]

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Book Highlights: Birth, Breath, & Death

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I just finished reading a lovely little book by Amy Wright Glenn. Lyrical, gentle, contemplative, and touching, Birth, Breath, and Death explores Amy's meditations on life as a doula, mother, and hospital chaplain.Amy Wright Glenn was raised as a Mormon and eventually found her way onto a different faith path, Unitarian Universalism. Her reasons for connecting with the UU church actually closely mirror my own. Amy mentions that she first finds the UU church through her interest in poetry, … [Read more...]

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Paganism, pregnancy, & parenting link round-up

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I just checked and I haven't gotten around to doing a monthly link round-up since March. Oops. There's so much good stuff that I share on Facebook and Twitter. Today I've compiled some of the recent best. But first some blog business:Pagan Families has joined Pinterest! Definitely still figuring things out over there. Come check us out and help us figure out how to pin stuff you want to see. In celebration of Birth On The Labyrinth Path's first birthday, Wild Mother Arts is offering us a … [Read more...]

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Book birthday party: of life and labyrinths

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In 2005, my mother and I attended a Speaking of Women's Health conference event in Columbia, Missouri. While there, we attended a session on labyrinths. I had only briefly heard of labyrinths before this time and they were new to my mom, but we were both instantly captivated by the symbol, metaphor, and process and have remained so ever since. The speaker shared that there was a labyrinth on the grounds of Boone Hospital, designed for patients to walk and also open for community use. My mom and … [Read more...]

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Book birthday party — Day 2: An excerpt

Birth On The Labyrinth Path

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...]

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