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 well 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 perform mo … [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...]

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 c … [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 some s … [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...]


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