Planning Pagan Families Includes Access To EC

#ECinOurHands

After 10 years of debate in the U.S., emergency contraception (EC) is now on store shelves nationwide.  Access to safe, reliable contraception is an essential part of our healthcare and ability to plan our families. Today is the first day of an #ECOTC Week of Celebration planned from August 1st to August 8th. Check out the celebratory and informative Tumblr site where you can upload a photo of EC in your own hands. We've discussed contraception so rarely here at Pagan Families that I … [Read more...]

Book Birthday: And the winner is…

Labyrinth Earrings from Wild Mother Arts

I'm so grateful to everybody who's helped me celebrate my book's first birthday this week! I hear regularly from people who wish they'd found Birth On The Labyrinth Path or the Pagan Families blog or the Pagan Families Facebook page earlier in their pregnancies. I wish for many fewer instances of Pagans who are welcoming new babies and feeling as though they have no spiritually appropriate resources, and indeed many more instances of having to choose amongst abundant resources. When you tell … [Read more...]

Book birthday party: of life and labyrinths

Trip 2013 548

In 2005, my mother and I attended a Speaking of Women's Health conference event in Columbia, Missouri. While there, we attended a session on labyrinths. I had only briefly heard of labyrinths before this time and they were new to my mom, but we were both instantly captivated by the symbol, metaphor, and process and have remained so ever since. The speaker shared that there was a labyrinth on the grounds of Boone Hospital, designed for patients to walk and also open for community use. My mom and … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom, book birthday party edition: Labyrinths

Birth On The Labyrinth Path

This week's Wednesday Wisdom post is also part of the Birth On The Labyrinth Path birthday party week. The theme is labyrinths. How can labyrinths connect us to spirit, to the land, or to our own bodies? How can the labyrinth be a symbol for birth? "To walk a sacred path is to discover our inner sacred space: that core of feeling that is waiting to have life breathed back into it through symbols, archetypal forms like the labyrinth, rituals, stories and myths." - Lauren Artress, Walking A … [Read more...]

Book birthday party kick-off

Birth On The Labyrinth Path

I can't believe my book is already one year old. But it is! Patheos Press released it into the world, into the Internet, into your Kindles and ereaders exactly a year ago. I'm so pleased to be celebrating Birth on the Labyrinth Path's first birthday with you all this week. To celebrate, I'm going to share an excerpt of Birth on the Labyrinth Path, I'm going to give one of you a book, Wild Mother Arts is going to give two of you some gorgeous labyrinth jewelry, and we're going to talk lots … [Read more...]

How to support someone who’s having a miscarriage

The Amethyst Network

I just finished reading the second of my required books for getting listed as a loss doula with the Amethyst Network. Miscarriage: Women Sharing From The Heart is a great book for anyone who wants to understand the normal range of emotions around miscarriage, which includes everything from barely noticing the event to feeling painful and traumatic loss. The book is especially validating for mothers who experience powerful grief. One of the women quoted in the book expresses something that … [Read more...]

Creating a Birth Altar, Part 2 (Unexpected Wisdom)

I recently described the birth altar that I created before my last birth. Some of the elements included on the altar came from quotes from a page-a-day calendar from a $1 Shop and some were parts of a t-shirt tag from the tag on a shirt I purchased from WYSH at an LLL conference in 2009 (why keep a t-shirt tag from 2009, you might ask? Because it had lots of cool things written on it! And, behold, it became a source of birth altar wisdom for me. Wisdom lurks in unexpected places!) I am struck … [Read more...]

Creating a Birth Altar, Part 1

Inspired by birth altars created by artist Amy Swagman of The Mandala Journey, I decided I wanted to make a special birth altar for the birth of my daughter. My mom bought me a small, unfinished curio cabinet/shadow box to use for this purpose. The first thing I did was to paint it “placenta red” using a blend of red and purple paints to get the shade I wanted. This is my favorite “power” color. I had a variety of postcards, tags, and inspirational words saved and some of them … [Read more...]


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