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...]

Top 10 Posts of 2013

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This is an entirely unsystematic, unscientific, personally biased list of my top 10 favorite Pagan Families posts from 2013. It's obviously not all the good posts, or even all the great posts. It's not necessarily the most read or shared or commented on posts either. But I tried to include posts from all our regular (and irregular) contributors, and to represent the range of topics we now cover. From pregnancy to postpartum, from sex education to adoption, from spiritual practice with toddlers … [Read more...]

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 ritual as … [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 i … [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...]


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