Hollekreisch: Honoring Childbirth

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In one of my history classes at Ocean Seminary College, I read an article called Holle's Cry: Unearthing a Birth Goddess in a German Jewish Naming Ceremony by Jill  Hammer. The article addresses the merging of a Jewish naming ritual with the childbirth-celebrating ceremonies of the early Germanic goddess Holle and her later folk image, Frau Holle. Since my background is in birth education and activism, of course I was very interested and intrigued by Hammer’s article about Holle and the … [Read more...]

International (Pagan) Babywearing Week!

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Do you practice babywearing? It's International Babywearing Week!  Babywearing is good for babies because being close to a caregiver's breath, heartbeat, and physical movement is good for fragile nervous systems. Babywearing is good for the baby-caregiver pair because it fosters positive emotional attachment and the ability to read baby's cues and communicate. Babywearing is also good for the caregiver whose hands are then freed up to hold an older child's hand, get a chore done, or lead an … [Read more...]

August link round-up: home birth, cesarean birth, body image after birth and more…

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I love putting together these monthly link round-ups because I get to revisit my favorite articles and websites from the previous month. In August we celebrated World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7) and we observed "the Day of Hope and Healing, a national remembrance day for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, infant or child loss." Then we read articles about home birth, cesarean birth, body image, raising Pagan children, rites of passage, and more: From Witch Mom - Teaching … [Read more...]

Four Simple Ways to Honor Spirit in Baby’s First Year

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By Thekla Richter   Finding time to nurture your connection with divinity might seem laughable when you are so busy nurturing your newborn and struggling through the most basic aspects of day-to-day life. Yet, at the same time, if you were supported by spiritual practice before you had your baby, giving up that path entirely can leave a huge void in your life that you feel deeply even through your haze of exhaustion. The good news is that tending your spirit and connecting with the … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Finding calm in the storm of parenting

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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. Parenting, distraction, prayer, nurture, self-care, and stillness... "This is the real challenge of our spiritual lives as parents: to take our distracting thoughts, not to mention the distracting nursing, dressing, schoolwork, sibling fights, family vacations, baths, stories, meetings, and bedtimes, and make of them the prayers that are our lives." - Rabbi Nancy … [Read more...]

March link round-up

Family, parenting, miscarriage, practice, breastfeeding, Goddess, and more... time for another monthly link round-up! Owl at The Pagan Household wrote about the meaning of family, which was timely for us because I announced that Pagan Families was dropping the pregnancy and birth tag line in order to get conscious about a comprehensive approach to family life (still with a core of attention to childbearing which remains underrepresented among Pagan resources). Check out this post on … [Read more...]

Baby’s First Meditations

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By Kira Nuit  I started doing nightly meditations with my daughter when she was about 18 months old. I mentioned this in my latest post about spiritual practices to do with toddlers. A few people asked about the specifics of these meditations, so I will detail them here. During the first year, I kept the meditations simple. To relax, I introduced her to a star that shone light down into her body. As I named each part, I massaged it gently, both to relax her and to teach her words for her … [Read more...]

Celebrating Doulas

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This is the last day of World Doula Week. Doulas provide physical, emotional, informational, and spiritual support during reproductive experiences. Traditionally that's meant birth, where there's good evidence that continuous support improves birth experiences and outcomes. But increasingly doulas are providing support for all kinds of reproductive experiences, like miscarriage, abortion, adoption, and the postpartum period. Doulas often do very practical tasks, like bringing you water to … [Read more...]


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