Reviewing ‘Pagan Parenting in the NICU’

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Sarah, our fearless editor here at Pagan Parenting, asked me months ago to review this ebook for the site. My first child was born six weeks premature and spent four weeks and one day in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). I admit that I’ve dragged my heels in reviewing this book. The topic of NICUs can be quite triggering for me; I kept waiting for some spacious period in case I had a hard time with content. Turns out the only thing triggering about this book is the front … [Read more...]

December link round-up

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On Twitter, Google+, and especially Facebook, I share lots of links and things associated with Paganism and childbearing. Today I've rounded up the highlights from December. A nice shout-out for Pagan Families from The Wild Hunt when we moved here to Patheos Information on birth goddesses from Maiden to Mother Thinking about the meaning of "bringing a baby earthside" at First the Egg Sister MorningStar reflects on freedom and midwifery Amy Swagman of The Mandala Journey created … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Birthing bodies

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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. Birthing bodies: What is this body? What can it do? What does it mean to have an animal body? To give birth with a body or to be born into a body? "Pagans reject the Christian notion that children enter this world bearing the burden of 'original sin'. There is no place in their worldview for the … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Altered states

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.   "During the last weeks of pregnancy, preparations on all levels become more intense and a woman can begin to enter an altered state, withdrawing from the normal tasks of the world, and attuning to the callings of her body and the child within." --Jackie Singer, … [Read more...]

My favorite posts of 2012

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I just had a great time looking back over all the blog posts of 2012. This was the year I published my book and the year we moved to Patheos. Here's a list of my personal top 5 favorite posts of 2012. What's your favorite? Kira described how to use prayer beads in pregnancy. I announced the publication of my book Birth on the Labyrinth Path. Niki thought hard about Pagan ethics and how many children to bring into the world. Nadirah gave thoughtful answers to Birth Guardian profile … [Read more...]

How you envision birth at the deepest level

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By Julianne Davidson Birth art can help you understand how you envision birth at the deepest level. This exploration is like stepping into an ancient archetypal force and journey of self discovery. The actual process of creating birth art requires one to partake in the process of visualizing their birth. Consciously thinking about and imagining your birth aligns your goals, may set fears at bay and help you to understand true feelings about birth. Birth art can be meditative, relaxing, … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Sacred Space

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. "During pregnancy, we have the opportunity to deeply explore the concept of the body being the physical temple that houses the spirit." -- Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Pagan Pregnancy: A Spiritual Journey From Maiden To Mother   "If we believe that birth is a powerful, sacred event that has … [Read more...]

Dar a luz on Solstice

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It's Solstice week, and I'm scheduling this post in advance because when it publishes I'll be headed to the airport to join friends and family for some solemn candle lighting, joyous feasting, and more than a little tearing open of presents by the children. When we light the Solstice candles, and tell the story of the Mother goddess pushing out from her swollen body the brightness of the new baby Sun, I'll be thinking of those of you divinely human mamas who are getting ready to dar a … [Read more...]


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