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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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.

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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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January Meeting Resources 2016

We had a wonderful monthly meeting last night with Dr. Sharon Carver, developmental psychologist and director of Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School. Here are the books she recommended. Thank you, Dr. Carver!

  • The Blessing of a Skinned Knee (Wendy Mogel)
  • Positive Discipline (Jane Nelson)
    • Positive Discipline for Preschoolers
  • Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (Ellen Galinsky)

 

Click the link below to view the slides from Dr. Carver’s presentation!

Toddler Years Power Point Jan 2016

 

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January Meeting & February 2016 News

Delicate Firs
Good Morning,
 
We are excited about our next monthly meeting which is this Wednesday at the Athens Library.  As many of you may know, sometimes the toddler years can seem like a roller coaster of joy and challenges, but our presenter has some tips to help make that time fruitful for the whole family.  Please see below for details and we hope you will join us to learn more!
 
Also below you will find information about our next Play Group, Loss Support Group and an opportunity for those of you who are pregnant from the College of Osteopathic Medicine.  See you soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
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GROWING TOGETHER THROUGH THE TODDLER YEARS
Wednesday, January 27th
7:00 to 8:30pm at the Athens Public Library
Join us for an interactive dialogue about positive, proactive parenting with Dr. Sharon Carver, a developmental psychologist who directs the Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School (http://www.psy.cmu.edu/cs/).  She will share practical strategies for supporting young children’s development so that the whole family can thrive. There will also be time for questions about whatever challenges of parenting young children you may be facing.
All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by
the Athens County Public Library
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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.
PREGNANT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATION LAB
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is looking for pregnant women to participate in an Osteopathic medical student manipulation lab where students will use gentle hands-on treatments designed to help relieve aches and pains.  The lab takes place on Wednesday February 17, 2016, from 12:30 to 5pm and compensation is provided.  To register or for further information, please contact Alexis Sawyer:  as663715@ohio.edu or 740-593-1242
 
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January 2016 Monthly Meeting

GROWING TOGETHER THROUGH THE TODDLER YEARS

Wednesday, January 27th

7:00 to 8:30pm at the Athens Public Library, large meeting room

All our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Children welcome.

Join us for an interactive dialogue about positive, proactive parenting with Dr. Sharon Carver, a developmental psychologist who directs the Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School (http://www.psy.cmu.edu/cs/). She will share practical strategies for supporting young children’s development so that the whole family can thrive. There will also be time for questions about whatever challenges of parenting young children you may be facing.

All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by the Athens County Public Libraries.

January 2016 Flyer

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January 2016 News

No Two Alike

Happy New Year!

We at the Birth Circle are excited to start the year off right by offering an enlightening meeting at the end of the month. Sometimes the toddler years can seem like a roller coaster of joy and challenges, but our presenter has some tips to help make that time fruitful for the whole family. Please see below for details and we hope you will join us to learn more!

JIVE! 2015 was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who came to the event to celebrate the New Year with us! Our volunteers did an extraordinary job and the evening was a hit! Of course we could not have done it without the generosity of our sponsors and donors, so here is one more shout-out to all those involved in making our year-end fundraiser a huge success!!

JIVE! Sponsors:

Kiser’s BBQ

Fluff Bakery & West Side Wingery

Jackie O’s

Ohio University Credit Union

Ohio Health

Ally Rapp Lee of the Athens Real Estate Company & the Liz Maule Team

Matthews Insurance

The Laurels of Athens

Athens AM Rotary

JIVE! Donors:

Snowville Creamery

Shagbark Seed & Mill

Arts West

Fluff Bakery & West Side Wingery

Real World Organizing

Cornwell Jewelers

White’s Mill

Huddle Tire

The Farmacy

Athens Mini Maestros

GoBus

Stuart’s Opera House

Hopewell Health Centers, Inc./Athens Co. WIC Program

Better Than Organic Soaps

Wooly Delights

Roller Bowl Game Tickets

Laura Post’s Yoga Class for Kids

The Wireless Ramblers

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JANUARY PLAY GROUP

Thursday, January 7th

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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JANUARY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

Thursday, January 7th

6:30-8pm

Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave.

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 counselor. 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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GROWING TOGETHER THROUGH THE TODDLER YEARS

Wednesday, January 27th

7:00 to 8:30pm at the Athens Public Library

Join us for an interactive dialogue about positive, proactive parenting with Dr. Sharon Carver, a developmental psychologist who directs the Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School (http://www.psy.cmu.edu/cs/). She will share practical strategies for supporting young children’s development so that the whole family can thrive. There will also be time for questions about whatever challenges of parenting young children you may be facing.

All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by the Athens County Public Libraries.

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TEEN & YOUNG MOM SUPPORT GROUP

This group for young moms began as a way to continue support and stay in touch after Prepared Mommy Camp. The group meets once a month. Please contact coordinator Amber Dellinger, athensbirthcircle@gmail.com, for more information.

Thursday, January 21st, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Athens Community Church

219 Columbus Rd, # A, Athens, Ohio 45701

January Meeting: Let’s get together this month to share ideas of different things we want to do and topics we want to talk about at our meetings. We can also have a clothing exchange. Everyone bring clothes that are too small for their kids, and we can go through them and hopefully everyone can walk away with some new clothes for their kids!

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JIVE! 2015

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JIVE! 2015: Volunteer Opportunities & Tickets On Sale NOW!!

Online ticket sales will end December 31st at 3pm. Additional tickets will be available at the door until sold out. Tickets will no longer be available at Fluff Bakery after December 30th!

When:  December 31st, 2015. The party starts at 5pm and will go until 7:30pm, with the ball dropping at 7pm. This way the whole family can enjoy the celebration.
 
Where:  Located at Eclipse Company Store, 11309 Jackson Dr., The Plains
 
Food & Drink:  This year’s JIVE! party will include dinner by Kiser’s BBQ, desserts from Fluff Bakery and snacks from Shagbark Mill and other area eateries. The kids can enjoy Snowville Creamery chocolate milk, while a cash bar will be available for adults to choose from a variety of beverages, featuring Jackie O’s beers and other local brews.
 
Music & Prizes:  Entertainment will include music by the Wireless Ramblers, dancing and multiple kids’ activities. We will be giving away many door prizes generously donated by local businesses and agencies. A nursing room for babies and their families will be provided as well.
 
Why:  As one of the largest fundraisers for the Birth Circle, we hope you don’t miss out on this fun opportunity to ring in the New Year with other families while supporting the work we do! We would love to see you there!
 
For Tickets:  You may purchase tickets online by following this link to our JIVE! page and scrolling down. Online ticket sales will end December 31st at 3pm. Additional tickets will be available at the door until sold out. Tickets will no longer be available at Fluff Bakery after December 30th! Tickets are $15 per adult and $5 for each child three and up.
 
How you can help:  This event cannot happen without dedicated volunteers! Some jobs can be done in advance, others the morning of the event or during the event, and some can even be completed in the comfort of your own home. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please e-mail event co-coordinator Emily at emily.schmaltz@gmail.comAs a thank you for volunteering, we will give each adult volunteer a free adult ticket. Thank you for considering! 
 
                                           Please support our generous sponsors!
JIVE! Sponsors collage updated
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December News & Events

Robin
DECEMBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, December 3rd
3-5pm
Athens Library, Children’s Section
Before the weather turns, come join us for two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month.  All ages welcome and we hope to see you there!
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DECEMBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
Thursday, December 3rd
6:30-8pm
Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave.
If you are in need of support because of a pregnancy loss or the loss of your child, you are welcome to join us.  These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional counselor.  All family members, such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome.  The support group is held on the first Thursday of every month and childcare is provided.  Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can provide enough supervision.
For more information, contact us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or 740-652-6262
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JIVE! 2015

The Birth Circle is excited to present Athens’ only family-friendly New Year’s Eve event!
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When:  The party starts at 5pm and will go until 7:30pm, with the ball dropping at 7pm.  This way the whole family can enjoy the celebration.
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Where:  Located at Eclipse Company Store in The Plains, located at 11309 Jackson Dr.
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Food & Drink:  This year’s JIVE! party will include dinner by Kiser’s BBQ, desserts from Fluff Bakery and snacks from Shagbark Mill and other area eateries.  The kids can enjoy Snowville Creamer chocolate milk, while a cash bar will be available for adults to choose from a variety of beverages, featuring Jackie O’s beers and other local brews.
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Music & Prizes:  Entertainment will include music by the Wireless Ramblers, dancing and multiple kids’ activities.  We will be giving away many door prizes generously donated by local businesses and agencies.  A nursing room for babies and their families will be provided as well.
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Why:  Don’t miss this fun opportunity to ring in the New Year with other families while supporting the Birth Circle!  We will see you there!
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For Tickets:  You may purchase tickets online by following this link to our JIVE! page and scrolling down.  You can also purchase tickets at Fluff Bakery, located at 8 N. Court St. in Athens.
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Our GENEROUS SPONSORS deserve a huge shout-out for their support of this year’s JIVE! New Year’s Eve Event!  We thank them and encourage you to show them some love this holiday season by supporting their businesses:
Ally Rapp Lee of the Athens Real Estate Company & the Liz Maule Team
Athens AM Rotary
Fluff Bakery & Westside Wingery
Jackie O’s
Matthews Insurance
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital
Ohio University Credit Union
The Laurels of Athens 

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November & December News Updates 2015

 

Autumnal Wreath
Good Morning Everyone,
We hope that you will join us tomorrow for a special monthly meeting led by volunteer Linda Solt from the American Red Cross. The next Play Group gathers next week, as does the Loss Support Group.  Feel free to email with any questions about any of these gatherings.
 
We are in need of volunteers and sponsors for our AWESOME annual New Year’s Eve family-centered event, JIVE!  If you, your place of work, or someone you know would be interested in lending time or a financial contribution to help make this another successful and fun fundraiser, please contact Margaret, Emily or I (information below).  Thank you for all of your help and support throughout the year!
 
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we hope to see you all at one of our upcoming events!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-MAMA (6262)
 
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:  WHAT CAN YOUR FAMILY DO?
Tuesday, November 24th
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Library
Please note that this meeting is on a different day of the week.
Have you ever wondered what you can do in advance to prepare for the next power outage or ice storm?  As we move into the season of inclement weather, join us for an informative discussion led by Linda Solt of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio.  She will share her presentation on preparing an emergency/disaster kit for each person in your family, even your pets. There will also be time for questions and discussion about all ARC-related topics including childproofing your home, choking, and hands-only CPR. It will be an evening chock full of good information so bring your pens and notebooks! 
 
JIVE! 2015:  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Each year Jive! is a super-fun, fantastic event thanks to all of our volunteers, and you could be one of them! Believe it or not this family-friendly New Year’s Eve event is right around the corner!  If you are interested in helping organize, we would love to have your help on any of these committees:  Food, Decorations, Kid’s Activities, Posters and Ticket Sales. Please contact Emily Schmaltz, emily.schmaltz@gmail.com, or Margaret Hoff, mmrah@hotmail.com, for more information.

 

DECEMBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, December 3rd
3-5pm
Athens Library, Children’s Section
Even though the temperatures are dropping and making us feel cozier, we all still need time to play and socialize. Join us for two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month. We hope to see you there!
 
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November Meeting 2015

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:  WHAT CAN YOUR FAMILY DO?

Tuesday, November 24th

7:00 to 8:30pm

At the Athens Library

Please note that this meeting is on a different day of the week.

Have you ever wondered what you can do in advance to prepare for the next power outage or ice storm?  As we move into the season of inclement weather, join us for an informative discussion led by Linda Solt of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio. She will share her presentation on preparing an emergency/disaster kit for each person in your family, even your pets. There will also be time for questions and discussion about all ARC-related topics including childproofing your home, choking, and hands-only CPR.  It will be an evening chock full of good information so bring your pens and notebooks!

 

November 2015 Flyer

 

 

 

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November News

This month is chock full of many wonderful and informative Birth Circle events.  We hope that you will join us at the end of the month for a special monthly meting led by volunteer Linda Solt from the American Red Cross.  
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We are in need of volunteers and sponsors for our AWESOME annual New Year’s Eve family-centered event, JIVE!  If you, your place of work, or someone you know would be interested in lending time or a financial contribution to help make this another successful and fun fundraiser, please contact Margaret, Emily or I (information below).  Thank you for all of your help and support throughout the year!
 
Have a great month and we hope to see you all at one of our upcoming events!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-MAMA (6262)
 
NOVEMBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, November 5th
3-5pm
Athens Library, Children’s Section
Even though the temperatures are dropping and making us feel cozier, we all still need time to play and socialize.  Join us for two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month.  We hope to see you there!
NOVEMBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
Thursday, November 5th
6:30-8pm
145 Columbus Road (the Intelliwave building, around the back)
If you are in need of support because of a pregnancy loss, or the loss of your child, you are welcome to join us.  These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional counselor.  All family members such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome.  The support group is held on the first Thursday of every month and childcare is provided.  Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can be sure to provide enough supervision.
For more information, contact us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or 740-652-6262
 
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:  WHAT CAN YOUR FAMILY DO?
Tuesday, November 24th
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Library
Please note that this meeting is on a different day of the week.
Have you ever wondered what you can do in advance to prepare for the next power outage or ice storm?  As we move into the season of inclement weather, join us for an informative discussion led by Linda Solt of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio.  She will share her presentation on preparing an emergency/disaster kit for each person in your family, even your pets.  There will also be time for questions and discussion about all ARC-related topics including childproofing your home, choking, and hands-only CPR.  It will be an evening chock full of good information so bring your pens and notebooks! 
 
JIVE! 2015:  VOLUNTEER AND SPONSORSHIPS
Each year Jive! is a super-fun, fantastic event thanks to all of our volunteers, and you could be one of them!  Believe it or not this family-friendly New Year’s Eve event is right around the corner!  If you are interested in helping organize, we would love to have your help on any of these committees:  Food, Decorations, Kid’s Activities, Posters and Ticket Sales.  Please contact Emily Schmaltz or Margaret Hoff for more information. 
 
We are also looking for sponsors to support this wonderful annual fundraiser.  If you, or your place of work, would like to find out more about this great opportunity to help the Birth Circle and advertise your business, please contact me, Claudia Bashaw, for more information regarding sponsorship levels and perks.  Thanks!
Autumnal Wreath

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