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...]

Placenta Magic

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...And when you see this wondrous thing That grew me up so well, Say thank you to the Goddess Who made us from one cell...*--Dr. Sarah Buckley, "Ode to My Placenta" I've said for many years now that my favorite color is "placenta red." A deep, rich, life-saturated red. I'm amazed by the placenta. How cool is it that we can grow a whole new organ and then just release it from our bodies when it is no longer needed? Pretty cool. I think the reason the placenta might not get as much … [Read more...]

Make Magic of Your Life As A Parent

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"There is nothing in your life that is outside the purview of your witnessing the sacred. There is no place where you are not shaman, priestess, magic worker, seer of visions large and small. " -T. Thorn Coyle, Make Magic of Your Life What do I desire? In the last few years of pregnancy and parenting, often all I've been able to think of is a full night of sleep or a trip to the bathroom completely alone. But I know there's more -- the pull to devote my energy to the places I can do the most … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Of the Earth

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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.Earth body, mama body, Gaia, garden... "I am part of nature, connected in the web, born not only from my own mother, but from the body of Gaia."--Laura Paskell-Brown "I had a baby, I worked the soil; I nursed and fed her my milk/my garden. Our summer days were in the garden; the sun-drenched plot … [Read more...]

Introverted Mama

Ring the bells that still can ringForget your perfect offeringThere is a crack in everythingThat’s how the light gets in.–Leonard Cohen, from “Anthem”via A Meditation for the Weekend: How the Light Gets In – By Susan Cain. The Patheos Book Club is delving into the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Some time ago, I came across the above quote on Facebook and it led me to the rest of Susan Cain’s website about introverts and her book, Quiet … [Read more...]

Community wisdom for the NICU

After Niki's review last week of Pagan Parenting in the NICU, there was some great discussion on the Pagan Families Facebook page about NICU experiences. Several people shared their advice on dealing with the NICU and some obvious themes and points of agreement emerged.I didn't want all that great advice to get lost to the scrolling away Facebook feed, so I've collected it here. This is your community wisdom for life in  the NICU:Connect with a social worker, nurse, or doctor who can be … [Read more...]

Blessing Baby

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By SunweaverHaving babies eleven years apart does present unique challenges, particularly when your religion has dramatically transformed during that time. My youngest was born last November and my eldest will be twelve in September. The first time around, I considered myself a Wiccan who worshipped the Greek gods and I now self-identify as a Hellenic Polytheist. The difference between those two designations is not a subtle one and I'm still figuring out some of the finer points of a … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Milk

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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."Breastfeeding a child is one of the many ways in which you can connect with the Goddess, for you are enacting one of her age-old responsibilities."--Arin Murphy-Hiscock, Pagan Pregnancy  "Throughout the early history of man- and womankind, the milk-bearing function of the breast … [Read more...]


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