Birth Guardians: Denise Hibben

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Today's profile of Denise Hibben is part of our series profiling people who work with pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period (prenatal massage therapists, childbirth educators, OB/GYNs, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, labor & delivery nurses, pediatricians, etc.) and are Pagan or work with a Pagan community. Check out the previous Birth Guardian profiles. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.   Now, on to Denise's p … [Read more...]

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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...]

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Getting Started at Pagan Families

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Welcome to Pagan Families!This blog began in May 2011 as a place to generate and collect resources for Pagans in the childbearing year. The Categories in the drop-down menu to the right are a good way to find posts on particular topics. You might also like to check out some highlights from the archives:Are you pregnant?Explore Seven Spiritual Habits to Set During Pregnancy with Kira Nuit Learn from Jackie Singer how to do Meditations During Pregnancy Get ideas for setting up … [Read more...]

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Birth Guardians: Melanie Elizabeth Moore

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Today we continue the series profiling people who work with pregnancy, birth, or the postpartum period (prenatal massage therapists, childbirth educators, OB/GYNs, doulas, midwives, lactation consultants, labor & delivery nurses, pediatricians, etc.) and are Pagan or work with a Pagan community. Birth guardians we've previously profiled are Jane Hardwicke Collings and Ben Hoshour. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.What is … [Read more...]

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A Mother to Many

Editor's note: this is reposted from the Staff of Asclepius blog with permissionBy Tara “Masery” MillerI can’t have children. With that simple statement comes images of an infant’s downy checks under soft hazel eyes wrapped up in a blanket, a toddler racing up to me wanting her mommy to see what she’s found. There are many different children I see with different combinations of my traits and those of my husband. In my mind I hold these mourned children and they smile at me and I feel our … [Read more...]

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30 days of peace

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By Janet CallahanNot 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, "Godd … [Read more...]

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Seven Spiritual Habits to Set During Pregnancy

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by Kira NuitWhen 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...]

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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...]

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