Paganism, pregnancy, & parenting link round-up

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I just checked and I haven't gotten around to doing a monthly link round-up since March. Oops. There's so much good stuff that I share on Facebook and Twitter. Today I've compiled some of the recent best. But first some blog business: Pagan Families has joined Pinterest! Definitely still figuring things out over there. Come check us out and help us figure out how to pin stuff you want to see. In celebration of Birth On The Labyrinth Path's first birthday, Wild Mother Arts is offering us … [Read more...]

Book Birthday: And the winner is…

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I'm so grateful to everybody who's helped me celebrate my book's first birthday this week! I hear regularly from people who wish they'd found Birth On The Labyrinth Path or the Pagan Families blog or the Pagan Families Facebook page earlier in their pregnancies. I wish for many fewer instances of Pagans who are welcoming new babies and feeling as though they have no spiritually appropriate resources, and indeed many more instances of having to choose amongst abundant resources. When you tell … [Read more...]

Book birthday party — Day 2: An excerpt

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All week we're celebrating the one year anniversary of my ebook Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year. Today I want to gift you with a book excerpt about birth stories. The words are quoted directly from the book, but I'm adding a bunch of links here just for fun. "Birth Stories To have access to the full potential of a birthing experience, it can be helpful to read, hear, and tell birth stories. Storytelling is an important component of many Pagan … [Read more...]

Birth Guardians: Christine Vermeersch

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Today’s profile of Christine Vermeersch 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 … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Thunder

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A weekly Wednesday Wisdom post -- two or three quotes on a theme related to Paganism and childbearing, inviting us to meditate.  This week: when we see ourselves in the Goddess, we claim our thunderous power.   "The image of the Goddess inspires women to see ourselves as divine, our bodies as sacred, the changing phases of our lives as holy, our aggression as healthy, our anger as purifying, and our power to nurture and create, but also to limit and destroy when necessary, as the very force … [Read more...]

Cesarean awareness month

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April has been Cesarean Awareness Month. Why is there an awareness campaign for a common medical procedure? Because it's way too common! The World Health Organization (WHO) and medical studies agree that the best outcomes happen in places where the cesarean rate is 5 - 10%, but in the U.S. nearly 1 in 3 mothers delivers by cesarean. That's cause for alarm. It's important to understand that this crisis is not caused by mothers in any way. Researchers have identified several causes within … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Cycles

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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. Mandalas, cycles, birth and death, seasons, tides, an unfolding life... "Your life is also a mandala. In each year, you complete a cycle, a mandala, with you at its center and around which revolves that year's events and experiences. Elongating that cycle, we see the mandala that is your life, which … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Alaina

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The Birth of Alaina January, 2011 7lbs, 8oz; 20 inches. Short version of her story is here, longest version is here, and labor pictures are here. I had a restless, up and down night, getting up at 3:00 a.m. and even checking in with my online class. My husband got up with me and we talked and speculated. Waves were four minutes apart and then kind of dissipated unenthusiastically away. He went back to bed at 4:00 and I listened to my birth hypnosis CD. At 6:00, I was feeling trapped lying … [Read more...]

Celebrating Doulas

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This is the last day of World Doula Week. Doulas provide physical, emotional, informational, and spiritual support during reproductive experiences. Traditionally that's meant birth, where there's good evidence that continuous support improves birth experiences and outcomes. But increasingly doulas are providing support for all kinds of reproductive experiences, like miscarriage, abortion, adoption, and the postpartum period. Doulas often do very practical tasks, like bringing you water to … [Read more...]

Wednesday Wisdom: Inhale

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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. Breath, pause, inhalation, exhalation, birth... "Remember your breath and how the great pause leads once again to movement. Inhale. Pause. Now exhale. The power To Keep Silence has renewed you, and will continue to open you to the greater Mystery." -T. Thorn Coyle, Make Magic of Your Life "A … [Read more...]