Haunted Time

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By C. B. CabeenMy oldest child turns five this month, and I've been looking back at my journals from the first two weeks after she was born.  I haven't seen a lot of postpartum writing I resonate with, so I wanted to share a couple journal excerpts related to Samhain.  I've edited them to connect pieces and make the images less fragmentary.Where was I this October when the new grass greened?  I was incubating at home with my freshly born baby, who sprang out five or six days after th … [Read more...]

5 baby gear essentials

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I asked on Facebook and Twitter about essential baby gear: There's so much Stuff you can buy when preparing to welcome a baby, but most of us don't really need most of it. What one or two baby items would you recommend a new parent definitely get?The answers revealed that gear for babywearing, diapering, and feeding were most important to you, followed by bundling up baby and a place for baby to rest:Babywearing. By far the most popular advice is to get a good carrier, Ergo, … [Read more...]

Top Ten Tips for Writing with Babies at Home

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Since I was a child I have written, but the challenges of writing with babies and small children at home took me unawares. All through my pregnancy I wrote academic books and then as soon as my babies were born I had no idea how I was going to continue to write. Here are some tips that helped me, and positively changed my writing... Prioritise your writing - whether it's ten minutes or two hours, give yourself a pocket in the day to write. It's important for your sanity, for your well being … [Read more...]

Flash Points: Birthing the Mother-Writer

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This post is part of our June Pagan Flash Points series on "Beyond Mommy Blogging."After my first son was born in 2003, I felt silenced. Stifled. Shut down. Squelched. Denied. Invisible. Dissolved. Muted. I felt suffocated, chewed up and my bones spit out, erased, deconstructed, worthless, and useless. In hindsight, I see the PPD-ish glint behind these feelings, though some of these feelings also featured in my pre-motherhood neuroses, and the postpartum time following my first baby's birth … [Read more...]

Cesarean Courage

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“Her courage is written on her body.” –Molly (Talk Birth) Last year I made several cesarean birth art sculptures by request. It felt like a “risk” of sorts to make them, like I was trying to interpret another woman’s experience artistically, but I did it and they were well-received. I chose to imprint words in the figure’s cesarean scar because I kept thinking about how that mother’s love and hope and courage are all permanently written on her body. Recently, I had requests to make more figures … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding as a (s)hero’s journey?

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Every single human being was drummed into this world by a woman, having listened to the heart rhythms of their mother.  ––Connie SauerRecently I re-posted an article I wrote about breastfeeding and parenting as spiritual practices. I received a comment on the re-post that really gave me pause and some food for thought: I've really liked your writing about preparing for birth as a warrior's rite. I only wish I'd had materials that prepared me for breastfeeding similarly...I'd like to hav … [Read more...]

Book Review: Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul by Tara “Masery” Miller

Rooted in the Body

The past few weeks I've been reading Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness by Tara "Masery" Miller, and containing articles and interviews from a diverse group of Pagans.  It has been an absolutely fascinating journey.  The book accepted contributions from a variety of Pagans (as the title says) living with disabilities, addiction, and illness.  Perhaps of particular interest to those reading Pagan Families, it also has four ch … [Read more...]

Birth as Initiation

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“Childbirth is a rite of passage so intense physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually, that most other events in a woman’s life pale next to it. In our modern lives, there are few remaining rituals of initiation, few events that challenge a person’s mettle down to the very core. Childbirth remains a primary initiatory rite for a woman.” –from the book MotherMysteries via Thesis Tidbits: Birth as a Shamanic Experience | Talk Birth. I just finished reading a short book called Return t … [Read more...]


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