Birth Warrior?

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After the birth of my daughter in 2011, I received a small package from a Birthing from Within mentor friend. In it was a sweet little t-shirt imprinted with the words, My Mama is a Birth Warrior. The words on the shirt surrounded a labyrinth image, which I love as a metaphor for birth and life. Written on the enclosed card was the following: Imagine a tribe in which a woman is prepared for childbirth in the same way warriors are prepared for battle. Imagine a Ceremony for this woman b … [Read more...]

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Passing Down the Trad

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(This post was originally published at Niki's personal blog, My Own Ashram.)There are a series of blog posts occurring at Patheos on passing along one's faith to kids or a younger generation. I've really enjoyed reading the different perspectives. As I've got two kids of my own, ages 5 and 2.5, here are my two cents.My husband, Adam, and I are raising our kids in a Pagan household. I don't say that we are raising the kids as Pagans, or to be Pagans, but Adam and I run our house in a … [Read more...]

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Link round-up

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"What is more mysterious than the great unknown existing beyond the frontiers of birth and death?" - Amy Wright Glenn in Birth, Breath, & Death, the Sacred Readings: A Global Book Club book in June. It's time for a round-up of the best links shared on the Pagan Families Facebook page in July.On Pagan Pregnancy and Parenting:From The Allergic Pagan: The Challenges of Family Rituals: "Paganism can be incredibly intricate. In simplifying it for my children, is something lost in the … [Read more...]

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Birth as a Spiritual Experience (Thesis Project)

“Here is your sacrament Take. Eat. this is my body this is real milk, thin, sweet, bluish, which I give for the life of the world… Here is your bread of life. Here is the blood by which you live in me.” --Robin Morgan (in Life Prayers, p. 148)“…When I say painless, please understand, I don’t mean you will not feel anything. What you will feel is a lot of pressure; you will feel the might of creation move through you…” – Giuditta Tornetta in Painless Childbirth“I am the holy mot … [Read more...]

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Planning Pagan Families Includes Access To EC

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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 hadn … [Read more...]

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When Pagans Adopt: Open your soul, heart, and mind

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I interviewed Tara “Masery” Miller in June about her experience initiating the adoption process. She writes the Staff of Asclepius blog here at Patheos and we previously published her beautiful essay about facing infertility. This week I checked in on her progress, and she generously answered five new questions:1.      You're further along in your adoption process now. Can you briefly describe what that means?That means we are about half way done with our fostering and adoption classes. W … [Read more...]

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A Mother’s Nest

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“Although pregnancy and birth is a richly intuitive and instinctive process, a woman will prepare her ‘nest’ and birth according to the style of her culture, in the same way that a particular species of bird will build its nest with whatever is available.” –Pam England I am planning a mother blessing ceremony for a good friend in September. In addition to fun plans like a belly cast and henna, she asked for something a little different than our usual "roster" of blessingway activities, in that s … [Read more...]

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Can children appreciate nature?

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Last week John Halstead wrote about his family vacation and his disappointment in his children's reaction to natural beauty: I find myself wondering what has changed between my childhood and now that I enjoy these drives. The contrast is all the more acute since I have children of my own. This past weekend, I hiked with my family up a mountainside to show them a beautiful meadow and a vista I had happened upon. My kids, now 11 and 14, enjoyed the view for all of 10 seconds before becoming … [Read more...]

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