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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Birth on the Labyrinth Path has gotten some really nice attention around the web in the past few days:* The Pagan news blog The Wild Hunt mentioned the book in a link roundup;* Pagan Families contributor Niki Whiting gave the book and this website a shout-out on her blog My Own Ashram;* At Talk Birth Molly Remer quoted some of my favorite passages from the book (in the same company as a quote from Ani DiFranco!);* I got to write about why I think we need books like this one as a … [Read more...]

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Birth on the Labyrinth Path

Last week I told you I was on the verge of announcing a project for which I got to do the writing and let other people be the editors.  I'm so excited to announce that my new ebook Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year is now available for download!It's priced at an accessible $2.99.  If you're new to ebooks you can download a free Kindle app for your computer or phone and be reading in minutes.  My partner got lots of my friends and family to pitch in for an … [Read more...]

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A big week at Pagan Families

I totally missed that Pagan Families turned one year old last weekend.  I have a really good excuse, though.  I was celebrating my daughter turning one week old. While she sleeps on my lap I'm taking the opportunity to celebrate the first year of this website, and to fill you in on some other exciting news.On May 26, 2011 I announced that Pagan Families: Resources for Pagan Pregnancy and Birth was born.  In the past year I've been blessed to be able to publish the writing of some really ta … [Read more...]

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Book Review: Pagan Pregnancy

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 getting t … [Read more...]

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Link round-up

Did you know the Pagan Families page on FaceBook has well over 900 followers?  I often post links and short quotes there.  Here's a round-up of some of the best from the last few months:* Doulas draw from Jewish tradition as birth helpers. “Doulas support women informationally, physically and emotionally — we can also add ‘spiritually’ to that list.”* An Intimate Pagan Mother Blessing. "At 36 weeks pregnant with my husband and my first baby I really wanted to connect with our future son i … [Read more...]

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Our new store

You may have noticed there's a new Store link at the top of this site which takes you to our new Amazon page.Up until now no money has exchanged hands over the creation of Pagan Families.  The closest thing has been that two of us have received free copies of books to review.  Everything from the web design to the posts you read to the banner image to the social media promotion has all been donated as a labor of love.But we do review and make reference to a lot of books here and I wanted … [Read more...]

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Birth Guardians: Ben Houshour

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. Our first profile featured Jane Hardwicke Collings. If you would like to be a part of the series please send an email to paganfamilieseditor@gmail.com.What is your name? Ben HoshourWhat … [Read more...]

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