Flash Points: Where do babies come from?

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August's Pagan Families Flash Points round-robin topic is about life or soul existence before birth: Where do babies come from? In May we talked about sex and reproduction but what about where our souls, spirits, or unique personalities come from? Does your family or tradition have an explanation for this? Reincarnation or something else? How does this story change the meaning of pregnancy or a birthday? Where do babies come from? Our regular contributors will write on this topic throughout th … [Read more...]

Birth Guardians: Moriah Burke

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Today’s profile of Moriah Burke 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 here’s Moriah’s profi … [Read more...]

The Birth Candle

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By Moriah BurkeAs a pagan, I’ve heard many people say, “I’ll light a candle!” and I’ve also lit quite a few candles in my practice. Lighting a candle is in some cases the Christian equivalent of saying a prayer. I personally believe in having a candle lit for mothers in labor as their labor progresses. For me, this has usually entailed me not being physically present for the labor but starting a “labor vigil” once word has gotten out that the time is near. In a recent case, I did use a cand … [Read more...]

June Link Round-Up: Our words, our pictures, our bodies

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Here's a look back at June from the Pagan Families perspective:Pagan Families contributor Hannah E. Johnston released Children of the Green: Raising our Kids in Pagan Traditions. Get your copy from the Pagan Families bookstore. In celebration, our Flash Points theme last month was Beyond Mommy Blogging, which got some great posts about writing while parenting little ones.In honor of Facebook's new breastfeeding photo policy, we shared lots of breastfeeding photos on our Facebook page. … [Read more...]

May Link Round-Up: Birthdays, bodies, and bacteria

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Each month I look back over the great links and discussions we share on Pagan Families' social media and I compile the best and most enduring links and things in a monthly link round-up.In May we celebrated the two-year anniversary of the Mother's Wisdom Deck. We held our second Flash Points round robin, on the topic of children and sexuality in Paganism. In honor of International Midwives Day, we looked back at Pagan Families articles about midwives. Patheos celebrated its 5th … [Read more...]

April Link Round-Up: Medicine, magic, motherhood, and more

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Every month I read back over the links and things shared and discussed on the Pagan Families facebook and twitter pages, and write up the juiciest, most useful, most enduringly interesting links here in case you missed something. In April there were new babies, new facebook pages, and plenty of articles to read.We congratulated Niki from A Witch's Ashram who moved into her new house and immediately welcomed her baby girl to the world!Throughout April we observed Cesarean Awareness … [Read more...]

March Link Round-Up: placenta-eating, water birth, spring equinox and more

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Welcome to the March link round-up, in which I compile some of the best links we've shared on Facebook (where Amy Louise Turnbull became our 5,000th liker!) and Twitter in the past month. Please leave a comment if we're missing something juicy here!We've been praying along with Faith Aloud's 40 Days of Prayer to Keep Abortion Safe and Legal.Pagan communities reeled at the news about Kenny Klein: "Kenny Klein, well known pagan musician and an amateur photographer, has been arrested in … [Read more...]

Breastfeeding as a (s)hero’s journey?

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Every single human being was drummed into this world by a woman, having listened to the heart rhythms of their mother.  ––Connie SauerRecently I re-posted an article I wrote about breastfeeding and parenting as spiritual practices. I received a comment on the re-post that really gave me pause and some food for thought: I've really liked your writing about preparing for birth as a warrior's rite. I only wish I'd had materials that prepared me for breastfeeding similarly...I'd like to hav … [Read more...]


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