Birth centers

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A new study out last week provides evidence for the safety of midwifery care in birth centers. The abstract states: This study demonstrates the safety of the midwifery-led birth center model of collaborative care as well as continued low obstetric intervention rates, similar to previous studies of birth center care. These findings are particularly remarkable in an era characterized by increases in obstetric intervention and cesarean birth nationwide If reading scientific studies isn't your cup … [Read more...]

I keep vigil…

One of the first Pagan bloggers I ever followed online is Teo Bishop, a solitary Druid and prolific writer. Recently, Bishop wrote about creating community poetry for use in liturgy based on the starting line, "I keep vigil to the fire in my heart" (see current contributions from other writers via this post: We Keep Vigil: Crowdsourced Poetry). Bishop started this experiment last year during Imbolc, when he composed a spontaneous poem to Brigid. As someone who frequently experiences spontaneous … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: The gates of life and death

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. Decay, fertility, growth, cycles, birth, death... As any good gardener knows, it is the processes of decay that sustain the fertility of the soil. All growth arises from death. This cycle of birth, growth, death, decay, and regeneration is the basic life-sustaining process on this planet... death is … [Read more...]

All about my Birth book

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I just found out that Jade Oakroot wrote a really nice review of my book Birth On The Labyrinth Path over at the Bay Area Pagan Newswire Collective. This part of her review especially makes me grin: I want to give kudos to the author for writing a text that recognizes that not all pregnancy paths are the same, and that they aren’t all “ideal” or “natural.” Many include fertility treatments, pain killers and C-Sections. Not every baby breastfeeds, whether the mother desires it or … [Read more...]

Community wisdom for the NICU

After Niki's review last week of Pagan Parenting in the NICU, there was some great discussion on the Pagan Families Facebook page about NICU experiences. Several people shared their advice on dealing with the NICU and some obvious themes and points of agreement emerged. I didn't want all that great advice to get lost to the scrolling away Facebook feed, so I've collected it here. This is your community wisdom for life in  the NICU: Connect with a social worker, nurse, or doctor who can … [Read more...]

Midwife’s Invocation

I’m working my way through a class at Ocean Seminary College that is based on Karen Armstrong’s book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. One early assignment was to find a reading articulating a spiritual perspective/teaching on compassion. I turned to one of my books, Sisters Singing, in which I marked a prayer called Midwife’s Invocation. As a birth educator and activist, I have been devoted to birthwork as a cause for many years, something that for me is rooted in social justice as … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Mothers, fathers, and grandmothers

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post with two or three profound or beautiful thoughts on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing. An invitation to meditate or just to pause a moment and consider. Motherhood, fatherhood, birth, transition, children, and grandchildren...  "Motherhood is the state a woman achieves once her baby has been born, or when she has young for whom to care.  It also refers to a group of mothers, the mystical sisterhood of those women who have given birth and/or … [Read more...]

Body Blessing to and from the Mother

I am a new contributor to the Pagan Families blog. I became introduced to Pagan Families when I bought Sarah's book Birth on the Labyrinth Path, enjoyed it very much, and blogged about it. I've been a childbirth educator since 2005, primarily teaching private classes to parents one-on-one in their homes, and I have an ongoing, sustained, and passionate interest in birth as well as in women's health in general (and breastfeeding too!). Another of my deepest passions is for Goddess spirituality … [Read more...]


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