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...]

Rituals to Honor Miscarriage

“Ritual opens a doorway in the invisible wall that seems to separate the spiritual and the physical. The formal quality of ritual allows us to move into the space between the worlds, experience what we need, and then step back and once more close the doorway so we can return to our lives enriched.” --Rachel Pollack, The Power of Ritual There is no right or wrong way to plan a ritual or ceremony to acknowledge your baby and your miscarriage experiences. Some women may wish to do a “lot,” some wom … [Read more...]

Birth centers

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A new study out last week provides evidence for the safety of midwifery care in birth centers. The abstract states: This study demonstrates the safety of the midwifery-led birth center model of collaborative care as well as continued low obstetric intervention rates, similar to previous studies of birth center care. These findings are particularly remarkable in an era characterized by increases in obstetric intervention and cesarean birth nationwide If reading scientific studies isn't your cup … [Read more...]

I keep vigil…

One of the first Pagan bloggers I ever followed online is Teo Bishop, a solitary Druid and prolific writer. Recently, Bishop wrote about creating community poetry for use in liturgy based on the starting line, "I keep vigil to the fire in my heart" (see current contributions from other writers via this post: We Keep Vigil: Crowdsourced Poetry). Bishop started this experiment last year during Imbolc, when he composed a spontaneous poem to Brigid. As someone who frequently experiences spontaneous … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: The gates of life and death

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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.Decay, fertility, growth, cycles, birth, death... As any good gardener knows, it is the processes of decay that sustain the fertility of the soil. All growth arises from death. This cycle of birth, growth, death, decay, and regeneration is the basic life-sustaining process on this planet... death is … [Read more...]

All about my Birth book

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I just found out that Jade Oakroot wrote a really nice review of my book Birth On The Labyrinth Path over at the Bay Area Pagan Newswire Collective. This part of her review especially makes me grin: I want to give kudos to the author for writing a text that recognizes that not all pregnancy paths are the same, and that they aren’t all “ideal” or “natural.” Many include fertility treatments, pain killers and C-Sections. Not every baby breastfeeds, whether the mother desires it or not. Not all res … [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...]

Midwife’s Invocation

I’m working my way through a class at Ocean Seminary College that is based on Karen Armstrong’s book Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. One early assignment was to find a reading articulating a spiritual perspective/teaching on compassion. I turned to one of my books, Sisters Singing, in which I marked a prayer called Midwife’s Invocation. As a birth educator and activist, I have been devoted to birthwork as a cause for many years, something that for me is rooted in social justice as well as … [Read more...]


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