How to support someone who’s having a miscarriage

The Amethyst Network

I just finished reading the second of my required books for getting listed as a loss doula with the Amethyst Network. Miscarriage: Women Sharing From The Heart is a great book for anyone who wants to understand the normal range of emotions around miscarriage, which includes everything from barely noticing the event to feeling painful and traumatic loss.The book is especially validating for mothers who experience powerful grief. One of the women quoted in the book expresses something that … [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...]

February link round-up

This month has flown by and I'm way behind in compiling the February link round-up. Here it is at last!Some posts on other blogs:"My son’s father is Christian and wanted him baptized. While I did not participate in the ceremony, I did permit it."  Read more... "This was the first book I ever read that explicitly acknowledged menstruation, childbirth, and abortion. I loved its rich setting, its magic, and its exploration of power." Read more.. "I want to say THANK YOU to my readers an … [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 woman … [Read more...]

Pagan families takes the next step

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I've been letting this ship drift a bit, as the managing editor here, seeing what happens if I stop saying, "No, that doesn't quite fit the scope of Pagan Families." And it's been pretty great.I started Pagan Families because I wanted to assemble Pagan childbearing resources in one place. I still want that and Pagan Families is going to keep that core of content. It's something few people are writing about and something lots of us need, unlike Pagan parenting, about which there are lots of … [Read more...]

The magic of making a life

I recently wrote about being a householder and homemaker, but in that post I didn't write about how amazing a spiritual journey pregnancy and childbirth are. I wrote my previous post from where I'm standing currently: parent to a nearly 5 yr old and a freshly 2 yr old. Yet, I learned so much from growing, birthing, and sustaining a new life.* Madonna lactans, Jean Fouquet I found my naturally heady and airy self more grounded and physically present in my body while pregnant. I struggled with … [Read more...]

Wednesday wisdom: Storytelling

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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.Storytelling, remembering, recording, myth-making... "Through years of listening to my mother's stories of her life, I have absorbed not only the stories themselves, but something of the manner in which she spoke, something of the urgency that involves the knowledge that her stories - like her life - … [Read more...]

Make Magic of Your Life As A Parent

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"There is nothing in your life that is outside the purview of your witnessing the sacred. There is no place where you are not shaman, priestess, magic worker, seer of visions large and small. " -T. Thorn Coyle, Make Magic of Your Life What do I desire? In the last few years of pregnancy and parenting, often all I've been able to think of is a full night of sleep or a trip to the bathroom completely alone. But I know there's more -- the pull to devote my energy to the places I can do the most … [Read more...]


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