Review: Sacred Pregnancy

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"Growing a baby offers a woman the opportunity to be part of Mother Nature's mysteries, which directly connects her to the source of all things." (99) Sacred Pregnancy is a guidebook and journal for pregnant mothers. "The point of this book is to help you feel prepared emotionally, spiritually, and physically to birth your baby and enter motherhood," says author Anni Daulter. (291) Get the book in your hands and you'll see it was obviously lovingly designed.  It's filled with gorgeous … [Read more...]

30 days of peace

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By Janet Callahan Not every pregnancy goes according to plan. After 5 years of on-again, off-again fertility treatments, my son came crashing into the world by emergency c-section at 27 weeks and a day, weighing only a pound and seven ounces, thanks to pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. With that kind of delivery, there isn’t time for setting the mood – no candles, no soft music, no labyrinth or birthing tub….just panic. The spiritual side of that sort of birth defaults to praying, … [Read more...]

Seven Spiritual Habits to Set During Pregnancy

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by Kira Nuit When I was pregnant, people often joked: "you'd better do all those things you've put off, because you won't have time once the baby comes!" I thought they meant things like travel to Europe, play video games all night, or go out dancing. I didn't realize the wisdom included things like cleaning house, any  project requiring more than 10 minutes, or performing the regular spiritual tasks vital to my soul's health. Fortunately, I dove into my spirituality during pregnancy and … [Read more...]

Thinking About Having Children: One Pagan’s Perspective

Last week Sarah, our fearless leader here at Pagan Families, posted a link to this article, called "Think Before You Breed," in the New York Times about the ethics of having children on our Facebook page. I think most people do think before they breed; on the other hand, most of us aren't trained in the philosophical arts, so the kinds of thinking the author is aiming for might not come easily to most people. Sarah wondered "Can Pagan ethics help us to decide whether to have children? " The … [Read more...]

Book Review: Pagan Pregnancy

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It is important to think of pregnancy as a process, not a condition... pregnancy changes you and your life on a deep level. - Arin Murphy-Hiscock I am aware of exactly one book available for purchase right now specifically on the topic of Paganism and pregnancy.  Arin Murphy-Hiscock wrote Pagan Pregnancy: A Spiritual Journey from Maiden to Mother years ago, and the book was finally released as an ebook just a few months ago.  As soon as I saw the news I enthusiastically set to work … [Read more...]

Eating and Spirituality Part 3: Food rituals in the childbearing year

In part 2 of Eating and Spirituality I talked about how the food we eat is connected to the physical well-being of our bodies and of the planet, as well as how enjoying food can be a way to celebrate the Goddess.  This week I want to suggest some specific ways to incorportate food into your spiritual practice. Food is at the heart of so many rituals.  Probably your tradition already has food rituals such as sumble or cakes and ale.  You can also design rituals around nourishing your … [Read more...]

Eating and spirituality Part 2: From the fields to our bellies

Food is the product of the earth; the earth is a mother goddess, literally the matrix of our physical existence. We are all products of the stars: earth, animals, plants; all the elements were forged in the reactions in the heart of stars. We are what we eat, so it is important to eat healthily & well. --Yvonne Aburrow In Part 1 on Eating and Spirituality I talked about getting started incorporating food into your spiritual life during pregnancy.  I also had the pleasure of introducing … [Read more...]

Eating and spirituality when you’re growing a baby

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Food, nutrition, and nourishment can raise a bewildering array of questions during the childbearing year.  Can I eat a healthy vegetarian diet while I am pregnant?  What foods should I eat and what should I avoid?  How much weight should I gain?  Should I be concerned about gestational diabetes?  Will I breastfeed or bottle-feed my baby? On top of all that, Pagans who celebrate their physical bodies and their connection to the natural world may also have ritual and theological questions … [Read more...]


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