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

“Pathway to a Healthy Birth” http://transform.childbirthconnection.org/reports/physiology/

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...]

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...]

Announcing: Rooted In Love, A Virtual Circle for Pregnant Mamas

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Announcing my first virtual circle! This will be a lovely way to connect with other pregnant Pagan mamas and root deeply into juicy practices for empowered birth.  Carve out two sacred hours just for you and then take away practices you can use repeatedly on your pregnancy path and beyond. I'm calling it Rooted In Love, and you're invited. Rooted In Love A virtual circle for pregnant mamasFacilitated by Sarah Whedon, editor of Pagan Families, author of Birth on the Labyrinth Path, and BOLD … [Read more...]

September Link Round-Up: Back to school, autumn equinox, and sacred abundance

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Oh, September, how did you sweep by so fast? In you we saw our children return to school. We celebrated Autumn Equinox in planned and unexpected ways. September saw the anniversary of Meg Yardley's first essay in her Picture Books for Pagan Families series.As always, here's the month's best links & resources from around the web:"School was the biggest challenge to raising my kids in heathenry, but I looked at it as a way to open up a dialogue with my kids about history, friendship, a … [Read more...]

Where Babies Come From: A Heathen View

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This month, Pagan Families is talking about where babies come from - what us bloggers believe about souls, birth, and how they all fit together.  For Heathens, it can get a bit complicated.  Some believe in true reincarnation, where souls of those who have passed on are placed in unborn children (often in the same family line) to live again.  Some believe that each new child is a completely new and unique being.  I think my view fits somewhere in the middle.In Heathenry, many believe that a p … [Read more...]

July Link Round-Up: Body theology, parenting, loss, and the spiritual path

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The Pagan Families facebook page gets lots of requests to share other pages and links. In order to maintain the quality and focus of the page, I only share them if they have something to do with Paganism and pregnancy/parenting/family life (you'd be surprised how far off-topic some requests are). There were plenty of great on-topic links in July:On being embodied:"She offers us the possibility of understanding and experiencing the menstrual cycle that we embody as kin to the cycle of mo … [Read more...]

Book Notes: Mothering From Your Center

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I checked out Mothering From Your Center  from my local library and read it over the course of the spring. Tami Lynn Kent doesn't write specifically for Pagans, but there's so much in this book that would appeal to Pagan parents.It's a book focused on energy tools for pregnancy and birth as well as connecting birth energy with parenting. "Just like the intense opening that happens in birth, there are times in mothering when your capacity will be stretched to its edges." -Tami Lynn Ken … [Read more...]

How to choose a doula

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A friend recently asked for advice on choosing a doula to share with her pregnant coven-mate. Since finding a great birth doula can make a huge difference in a birthing experience, I thought I'd share here what I wrote to her.A doula should offer a free initial consultation and I'd suggest interviewing at least a couple of doulas that way. The most important thing is a matter of personal fit: does the doula feel like someone you can be vulnerable around?Otherwise there are all kinda of … [Read more...]


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