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...]

Book birthday party kick-off

Birth On The Labyrinth Path

I can't believe my book is already one year old. But it is! Patheos Press released it into the world, into the Internet, into your Kindles and ereaders exactly a year ago. I'm so pleased to be celebrating Birth on the Labyrinth Path's first birthday with you all this week.To celebrate, I'm going to share an excerpt of Birth on the Labyrinth Path, I'm going to give one of you a book, Wild Mother Arts is going to give two of you some gorgeous labyrinth jewelry, and we're going to talk lots … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Thunder

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post -- two or three quotes on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing, inviting us to meditate.  This week: when we see ourselves in the Goddess, we claim our thunderous power.   "The image of the Goddess inspires women to see ourselves as divine, our bodies as sacred, the changing phases of our lives as holy, our aggression as healthy, our anger as purifying, and our power to nurture and create, but also to limit and destroy when necessary, as the very force t … [Read more...]

Threshold Moments

Just over the threshold!

“Labor is all about finding your threshold and learning you can go beyond it.” –Rose St. JohnI think one of the powerful lessons of birth is about one’s own immense capacity. Each of my births has had a “threshold” moment and, indeed, I have some notes taken for a possible future article about being, “At the Threshold: Pivotal Moments in Birth.” With my first son my threshold moment occurred during pushing when I realized I had to just do it, I had to push him out even though it was sca … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

“Blessed be all the mothers of mothers. Blessed be all the daughters of daughters. Blessed be all the daughters of mothers. Blessed be all the mothers of daughters. Now and forever, wherever we are.” –Diann L. Neu In Uganda there is a special word that means "mother of a newborn"--nakawere. According to the book Mothering the New Mother, "this word and the special treatment that goes with it apply to a woman following every birth, not only the first one. The massages, the foods, the care, 't … [Read more...]

Cesarean awareness month

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April has been Cesarean Awareness Month. Why is there an awareness campaign for a common medical procedure? Because it's way too common!The World Health Organization (WHO) and medical studies agree that the best outcomes happen in places where the cesarean rate is 5 - 10%, but in the U.S. nearly 1 in 3 mothers delivers by cesarean. That's cause for alarm.It's important to understand that this crisis is not caused by mothers in any way. Researchers have identified several causes within … [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...]

How to support someone who’s having a miscarriage

The Amethyst Network

I just finished reading the second of my required books for getting listed as a loss doula with the Amethyst Network. Miscarriage: Women Sharing From The Heart is a great book for anyone who wants to understand the normal range of emotions around miscarriage, which includes everything from barely noticing the event to feeling painful and traumatic loss.The book is especially validating for mothers who experience powerful grief. One of the women quoted in the book expresses something that … [Read more...]


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