May News & Events

Pink Peony
Good Morning Everyone,
 
May has arrived and we are in full swing with spring!  After a wonderfully successful PREGNANCY & BABY FAIR and GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE, we at the Birth Circle are on a roll!  We want to extend a huge thank you to our Fair Coordinator, Laura Post, for putting together another rockin’ family-friendly event.  The GCDC was a fun addition to the Fair this year and we thank Rachel Szostek for organizing this super-fun event as well.  A GRAND thank you goes out to our sponsors, vendors and volunteers.  We are so appreciative of your support and want you to know how much your participation means to us–thank YOU!!
 
We have a fine month of events ahead of us with our Monthly Meeting scheduled just before the holiday weekend at the end of May.  We hope that you will join us beforehand though at our Play Group or Loss Support Group meetings which are happening this week.
 
Happy Mother’s Day and we will see you soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
 
 
SHARING BIRTH STORIES
Wednesday, May 25th 
From 7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Public Library
Every year we dedicate one meeting to the sharing of birth stories. Whether your children were born last week or a decade ago, we invite you to share your story or just sit and listen to others. All backgrounds, experiences and choices are honored at all Birth Circle events
 
MAY PLAY GROUP
Thursday, May 5th
from 3:00 to 5:00pm
at the Athens Library’s Kid’s Section
 
Come join other parents, care-givers and children for two hours of fun, socializing and camaraderie.  All ages are welcome and we hope to see you there!
 
MAY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, May 5th
from 6:30 to 8:00pm
at the Central Avenue Church—73 Central Avenue in Athens
 
If you are in need of support because of a pregnancy loss or the loss of your child, you are welcome to join us every first Thursday of the month for this support group.  These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional social worker.  All family members, such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome.  Childcare is provided.
 
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Wolf Tree Collective is inviting all parents to attend their free open doors on Fridays from 10:30am-12:00pm. Their nature-inspired space is designed with families in mind. Wolf Tree offers open-ended toys and nurturing spaces for children to explore. Parents are welcome to feed their babies, roll out a yoga mat, read books from our lending library or simply relax and meet other parents. Often a local librarian is on site with seasonal stories and Wolf Tree is scheduling food trucks to be on site, to ease the adventure of leaving the house with kids. They’re located at 74 East state and offer free parking. If you’d like to stay up-to-date on food trucks being offered and story time, feel free to visit their Facebook page while their website is being created. www.facebook.com/wolftreecollective/ 
Pink Peony

The 8th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair

The 8th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair was a success! Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s event and to the vendors and Athens area professionals who spent the day sharing their products and services with the us. We couldn’t have done it without our Fair Coordinator, Laura Post and the many, many volunteers who donated their time. We appreciate all the ways you support The Birth Circle!

 

The Pregnancy & Baby Fair would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors!

ohio health oblenessUniversity Medical Logo

Thank you to Laura Post and Jameson Platt of Wolf Tree Collective for the Kids’ Yoga and Family Tai Chi demonstrations and to Central Ohio Music Therapy for the wonderful music!

And a big THANKS to the businesses who have donated all the wonderful gift bags items and raffle prizes:

Cloth Diaper Package, Baby Book Package & $50 Gift Certificate from Cradled in Joy Birth and Parenting Education
Liz Gauthier, Westwater Photography
Better than Organic soap gift basket
A cake from SHE BAKES
3 hours of service with Real World organizing
Hand crafted bibs from Always Handmade Always Keely
Gift card for Music Together
2 Collections of Busy Bags from Busy Bags by Liz
Gift Basket from Pocket Doodle
Sauna passes from Inhale Yoga
Flower Arrangement and Gift Card from Orchid Flower Company
Olaf container set from Andrea’s Tupperware
Folk Art by Christine, handmade wall art
Essential Oils from Jennifer Cochran
Snowville Creamery, apparel and cooler
Gift Basket from Crumbs Bakery
$25 Gift Certificate to White’s Mill
Soap from Space Cadet Soaps
Gift Basket from Cowboy Leather Co.
Gift Basket from Friendly Paws
60 Minute Massage from Athens Wellness Co-op
Free Passes from Wolf Tree Collective
Little Fish Brewing Co.
Summer hat, bonnet, and nursing pads by Coral Marie
Gift pack from Coqui Baby
100 Pairs of hand-knitted booties from Stitches of Love, a charity group dedicated to serving Appalachia
Gift Cards from Athens Bread Company
5 free movie coupons from Premiere Video
Heart Massager and Lotions from Kayleigh Stotts Pure Romance
Cards from Peggy Lewis of Usborne Books 
Gift Basket from Stacy Salder’s Beauty Stuff
Julep and cherry tote bags from GroVia
3 Bottles of Lotions from Earth Mama Angel Baby
$50 Gift Set from Happy Family
MommyCon
2 Cloth Diapers from Lil Helpers
2 Pack of RLR from RLR
Cotton Babies
2 Bags of Detergent from Her Little Red Wagon
Amber Teething Necklace by Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique
Motherlove
2 Packs of Wipes by Neat Cheeks
Gift Bag by Badger Balm
Milk-Saver by Milkies
DivaCup and Wash by DivaCup
Nursing Shawl, Nursing Pads, and Nipple Balm  by Bamboobies
NurturMe
$25 Gift Certificate to Mama Said Tees
Spray Pal Shield from Spray Pal
2 Cloth Diapers from Bumpkins
Cloth Diaper from Glow Bug
Lubricant from Uberlube
Starter Gift Set from Biokleen
Baby Gift Set from La Petite Creme
$60 Gift Card from Baby K’tan
Green Toy Keys from Best Ever Baby

April 2016 News

 

We will have no monthly meeting in April. . .

We are putting our efforts toward The 8th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair!

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THE 8TH ANNUAL PREGNANCY & BABY FAIR AND GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE

Saturday, April 23rd

from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

(The Great Cloth Diaper Change will occur at 11 am, with registration no later than 10:45 am)

at The Market on State

If you would like more information about the event please check out our webpage at Pregnancy & Baby Fair and Great Cloth Diaper Change.  If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring or vending, please contact our Fair Coordinator, Laura Post, at theholisticmama@gmail.com or fill out this online registration form.  For questions specific to the Great Cloth Diaper Change, please contact Rachel Szostek at szostekrachel@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Pregnancy and Baby Fair Flyer 2016

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Hello, Birth Circle Families!

We have an exciting and festive month ahead of us here at The Birth Circle!  Our Pregnancy & Baby Fair is happening on Saturday the 23rd and will include the Great Cloth Diaper Change this year!  Since we like to focus our energy on this fun, family event there will be NO MONTHLY MEETING THIS MONTH.  We will gather once again for a meeting in May.
 
We are gearing up for our 4th Prepared Mommy Camp and already have several young women signed up to join us this June for the week-long program which focuses on education and support of these young moms-to-be as they journey toward parenthood.  If you would like to contribute your time, donate baby-related items, contribute to our book drive, or help in another way please let us know at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or call 740-652-6262.  The book drive will provide books for the children of the young moms who participate in Prepared Mommy Camp this June. If you want to make a donation to the book drive, please click on the link below.  We’re excited for another opportunity to extend our community of support to these young women, and we’re thankful for your help in doing so!

In the meantime please join us tomorrow for our Play Group, and we will be holding our Loss Support Group in the evening. See below for details on all of our April events and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

ATHENS CASA/GAL PROGRAM

Thank you to Jenny Stotts, Tara Huffman and Emily Fischer for speaking about the Athens CASA/GAL program at our March meeting. If you were unable to attend and would like more information, there will be another opportunity on April 12th from 12-1 pm at the Athens Library’s large meeting room. Please see the event page on Facebook for more information or go to www.athenscasa.org.

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APRIL PLAY GROUP

Thursday, April 7th

from 3:00 to 5:00pm

at the Athens Library’s Kid’s Section

Spring has sprung and who doesn’t want to get out and join others in some fun and conversation?  All ages are welcome and we hope to see you there!

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APRIL LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

Thursday, April 7th

from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

at the Central Avenue Church–73 Central Ave. in Athens

If you are in need of support because of a pregnancy loss or the loss of your child, you are welcome to join us every first Thursday of the month for this support group.  These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional social worker. All family members, such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome.  Childcare is provided.  Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can provide enough supervision.

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Book Drive for Prepared Mommy Camp

Prepared Mommy Camp is The Birth Circle’s program dedicated to helping teen and young moms get ready for parenthood. To enhance the knowledge each mother takes away from the Prepared Mommy Camp, the Birth Circle provides material for her to take home at the end of the week-long experience. Peggy Lewis has put together this book drive in order to include baby books for the moms as well.

A $20 donation will sponsor 2-4 books per person. With your help we can make sure that all participants have these awesome, entertaining books for their little ones!

If you have any questions contact Peggy Lewis at pgarcialewis@gmail.com.

Prepared Mommy Camp 2016

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Prepared Mommy Camp which will be held June 20-24th at the Athens Area Friends Meeting House in Chauncey, Ohio. For the 4th year, the Birth Circle will help teen and young moms-to-be become confident and prepared for parenthood. The five-day camp is free thanks to generous support from the community as well as funding from the Athens Foundation. Participation includes lunch, essential baby items, transportation and childcare each day.

The intention of Prepared Mommy Camp is to share positive parenting skills and foster self-confidence, as well as help young moms build a long-term support network with each other and with more experienced parents in the community. Each day of Prepared Mommy Camp focuses on a particular topic: healthy pregnancy and relationships, birth and infant care, positive parenting, and planning for the future. Along with discussion of these topics, there are hands-on activities facilitated by former teen moms and time for the young women to ask questions, discuss the topics and get to know each other.

To enhance the knowledge each mother takes away from the camp, we provide materials for her to take home at the end of the week-long experience.

For more information or to register, email athensbirthcircle@gmail.com, call/text 740-517-8441 or fill out the online application below. Also visit our Prepared Mommy Camp page.

Flyer PMC 2016

 

 

March 2016 Meeting: The Athens CASA/GAL Program

THE ATHENS CASA PROGRAM:  WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN YOU BECOME INVOLVED?

Wednesday, March 30th

from 7:00 to 8:30pm

at the Athens Library

This event is free and open to the public. Children are welcome to attend!

Executive Director of the Athens CASA/GAL Program, Jenny Stotts, Volunteer Coordinator, Tara Huffman and Social Work Intern and CASA advocate, Emily Fischer, will discuss the CASA program and how community members can become involved.  The Athens CASA/GAL Program is an organization of ordinary people doing extraordinary work.  Athens CASA recruits and trains community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASAs are appointed by juvenile court to serve as Guardians Ad Litem in cases where children have experienced abuse, neglect or dependency.  The CASA provides an objective assessment and recommendation to the court regarding the child’s best interests.  There will also be discussion regarding recognizing signs and preventing child abuse and/or neglect as a community member.  

 

All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by

the Athens County Public Library.

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March 2016 Flyer

March 2016 News

Wee Things

MARCH MONTHLY MEETING

THE CASA PROGRAM:  WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN YOU BECOME INVOLVED?

Wednesday, March 30th

from 7:00 to 8:30pm

at the Athens Library

Executive Director of the Athens CASA/GAL Program, Jenny Stotts, Volunteer Coordinator, Tara Huffman and Social Work Intern and CASA advocate, Emily Fischer, will discuss the CASA program and how community members can become involved.  The Athens CASA/GAL Program is an organization of ordinary people doing extraordinary work.  Athens CASA recruits and trains community volunteers to serve as Court Appointed Special Advocates. CASAs are appointed by juvenile court to serve as Guardians Ad Litem in cases where children have experienced abuse, neglect or dependency.  The CASA provides an objective assessment and recommendation to the court regarding the child’s best interests.  There will also be discussion regarding recognizing signs and preventing child abuse and/or neglect as a community member.  

 

All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by

the Athens County Public Library

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MARCH PLAY GROUP

Thursday, March 3rd

3-5pm

Athens Library Children’s Section

Winter has arrived and we all need a reason to get out of the house, so come join us or two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month.  All ages are welcome and we hope to see you there!

Birth Circle Playgroup Flyer

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MARCH LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

Thursday, March 3rd

6:30-8pm

Central Avenue Church–73 Central Ave. in Athens

If you are in need of support because of a pregnancy loss or the loss of your child, you are welcome to join us every first Thursday of the month for the support group.  These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional social worker.  All family members, such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome. Childcare is provided.  Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can provide enough supervision.

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NEWSFLASH!!

 

THE 8TH ANNUAL PREGNANCY AND BABY FAIR WILL BE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD ALONGSIDE THE GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE–WOO! HOO!

 

If you would like more information about vending, volunteering, donating raffle items, etc. please contact Laura Post: theholisticmama@gmail.com.  We would love to see you there!

Baby Fair 2016 Save the Date

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SUPPORT FAMILIES THROUGH THE BIRTH CIRCLE

If you would like to support the Birth Circle’s various programs and groups, which are always FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, including our Loss Resources, you can do so in several ways. You can learn more about these opportunities by following this link or by clicking on the “Support the Birth Circle” tab. We sincerely appreciate your contributions and generosity!

February & March News 2016

Hello Everyone!
 
Our Monthly Meeting is this Wednesday and we are setting our sights on snuggling in with those that we care about. Our topic Baby & Child Wearing fits the bill as we call on local community experts (i.e. veteran moms and dads) to show us the ropes and share the reasons why “wearing baby” can work for you and your family. We hope that you will join us for this fun and enlightening meeting.
 
NEWSFLASH!!
THE 8TH ANNUAL PREGNANCY AND BABY FAIR WILL BE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD ALONGSIDE THE GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE–WOO! HOO!  If you would like more information about vending, volunteering, donating raffle items, etc. please contact Laura Post theholisticmama@gmail.com.  We would love to see you there!
Baby Fair 2016 Save the Date
If you would like to support the Birth Circle’s various programs and groups, including our Loss Resources, you can do so in several ways. You can learn more about these opportunities by following this link or by clicking on the “Support the Birth Circle” tab. We sincerely appreciate your contributions and generosity!
 
Have a wonderful week and we hope to see you all soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
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BABY AND CHILD WEARING
Wednesday, February 24th
from 7:00 to 8:30pm
at the Athens Library
 
We’re bringing in the experts to cover the many uses of a wide variety of slings and baby carriers for this month’s meeting.  Experienced moms and dads who have learned the ins and outs of “wearing” their children will discuss the benefits and difficulties of using various carriers from birth through toddlerhood and beyond.  Bring your questions and children and we’ll supply the carriers and experts!
 
All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by
the Athens County Public Library
 
February 2016 Flyer
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MARCH PLAY GROUP
Thursday, March 3rd
3-5pm
Athens Library Children’s Section
Winter has arrived and we all need a reason to get out of the house, so come join us or two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month.  All ages are welcome and we hope to see you there!
 Birth Circle Playgroup Flyer
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MARCH LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
Thursday, March 3rd
6:30-8pm
Central Avenue Church–73 Central Ave. in Athens
If you are in need of support because of a pregnancy loss or the loss of your child, you are welcome to join us every first Thursday of the month for the support group.  These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional social worker.  All family members, such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome.  Childcare is provided.  Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can provide enough supervision.

February 2016 News & Events

Big Heart

Hello Everyone and Happy February!

In this season of love and appreciation for one another, we set our sights on snuggling in with those that we care about. Our monthly meeting on Baby & Child Wearing fits the bill as we call on local community experts (i.e. veteran moms and dads) to show us the ropes and share the reasons why “wearing baby” can work for you and your family. We hope that you will join us for this enlightening meeting.  In the meantime, we would love to see you and your family at our monthly Playgroup for some socializing and fun.

This evening is our monthly Loss Support Group meeting as well, and we hope that you will join us and share your loving thoughts and experiences of the little ones in our community whose lives were all too brief.

If you would like to support the Birth Circle’s various programs and groups, including our Loss Resources, you can do so in several ways. You can learn more about these opportunities by following this link or by clicking on the “Support the Birth Circle” tab on our website.  We sincerely appreciate your contributions and generosity!

Have a wonderful week and we hope to see you all soon!

Warmly,

Claudia Bashaw

Executive Director, The Birth Circle

www.athensbirthcircle.com

740-652-6262

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BABY AND CHILD WEARING

Wednesday, February 24th

from 7:00 to 8:30pm

at the Athens Library

We’re bringing in the experts to cover the uses of a wide variety of slings and baby carriers for this month’s meeting.  Experienced moms and dads who have learned the ins and outs of “wearing” their children will discuss the benefits and difficulties of using various carriers from birth through toddlerhood and beyond. Bring your questions and children and we’ll supply the carriers and experts!

Monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Children welcome to attend.

Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by

the Athens County Public Library

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TEEN & YOUNG MOM SUPPORT GROUP

Thursday, February 18th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Athens Community Church

219 Columbus Rd, # A, Athens, Ohio 45701

Let’s create Valentine’s Day cards together! Bring your little one and make some beautiful pieces of art to share and enjoy during this month of love. Lunch will be provided and transportation is available by contacting athensbirthcircle@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!!

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FEBRUARY PLAY GROUP

Thursday, February 4th

3-5pm

Athens Library Children’s Section

Winter has arrived and we all need a reason to get out of the house, so come join us for two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month. All ages are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

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FEBRUARY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

Thursday, February 4th

6:30-8pm

Central Avenue Church–73 Central Ave. in Athens

If you are in need of support because of a pregnancy loss or the loss of your child, you are welcome to join us every first Thursday of the month for the support group. These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional social worker. All family members, such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome. Childcare is provided. Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can provide enough supervision.

Big Heart