Birth Guardians: Catherine Rivera

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Today’s profile of Catherine Rivera is part of our series profiling people who work with pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period (prenatal massage therapists, childbirth educators, OB/GYNs, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, labor & delivery nurses, pediatricians, etc.) and are Pagan or work with a Pagan community. Check out the previous Birth Guardian profiles. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.   Now here’s Catherin … [Read more...]

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Ritual after a traumatic birth

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It can be devastating when birth doesn't go as planned. And birth is by nature a wildly unpredictable process with countless opportunities for the unexpected. That's part of what makes it the rite of passage that it is.A mama wrote to ask for ritual ideas to process the experience of a traumatic birth. In particular this mama wasn't able to have the birth she'd planned and she really missed the opportunity to interact with her placenta because it had been taken by hospital staff for t … [Read more...]

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The 4 best reads from March

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It's time again for the monthly link round-up of the best articles and resources for Pagan families from around the web.About families and ancestor work, from Witches and Pagans: "Yes, I know the topic of ancestor work can be a controversial one in the pagan community, because so many of us have deceased family members we wouldn’t call on if it was the last option open to us." About birth & death in Paganism, from The Wild Hunt: "Moore has been working for 15 years to make midwifery mo … [Read more...]

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The Importance of Self Care

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When my first daughter was born, everything was pretty great.  My family and my husband's family were incredibly helpful, my husband stayed home for two months and I didn't go back to work until my daughter was four months old.  She had some difficulty picking up nursing, but eventually got the knack of it, and we went about our lives as a happy little three-person family.  It was easy to sit down after she went to bed and make time to watch a movie or read a book, and this was exactly what I ne … [Read more...]

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2 Mama Essays and 2 Pregnancy Prayers + 1 Roadmap To a Healthy Birth

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Here's the round-up of January's best reads for Pagan families from around the web.Two Mama Essays:Amy Wright Glenn, The ocean, the Buddha and nummies: "Truly nothing prepared me for the biological beauty of nourishing my son with milk made in my body." Molly at Talk Birth, Womb Labyrinth: "Birth journey. Each of us walks our own path. In the center, a baby waits. And, so too, wait deep truths about ourselves. Our own courage, our own fears, our own strength, our own p … [Read more...]

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10 Great Reads of December on Paganism, parenting, social justice, and celebrating the season

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A monthly round-up of the best links shared and discussed on our active Facebook and Twitter streams.On Paganism and bringing babies into the world:"This Life Is Important" by J. Brown: "As a professional yoga teacher, I almost never use the term: “Life Force.” It just feels too woo-woo or cheesy and triggers my revulsion for new-age fluff. However, in attempting to describe the experience of witnessing my wife giving birth to our second child, I can think of no other term that fits more … [Read more...]

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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.It’s late October and strangely appropriate that our place is so full of spiders, as if we were living in a haunted house.  Trick-or-treating decades a … [Read more...]

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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...]

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