November Meeting Resources

Thank you to our guests last night for a fun and informative meeting!

Angel Thomas, Alison Barnett & Natalie Metzger can all be reached via:

Ohio Health O’Bleness Health Systems

75 Hospital Drive

Suite 160 (Castrop Center)

Work Phone: 740-566-4570

Work Fax: 740-592-9274

Resources recommended for more information on postpartum physical recovery:

  • Internet DVD programs such as MUTU or Tupler
  • www.thetummyteam
  • Books by Katy Bowman, Diastasis Recti: The Whole Body Solution
  • Books/Blogs by Julie Wieibe
  • Book: Baby Bod by Marianne Ryan

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November 2016
 
Hello there,
 
We at The Birth Circle have been up to great things again this year!  Have you joined us for a monthly meeting or two, or attended one of our support groups?  Have we seen you at our play group gatherings, or have you and your family celebrated with us at one of our family-friendly events?  If so, THANK YOU!! You have helped make 2016 wonderful!
 
If we haven’t seen you in a while,  perhaps you’ve been wondering, “What has The Birth Circle done for me lately?”  If your family has grown older and you are no longer pregnant or running after a toddler, perhaps not much.   Even though The Birth Circle may not be as relevant in your life as it once was, there are many young families whose lives it currently touches as they journey through their formative years as parents.  The Birth Circle continues to provide a community of support that understands the struggles and victories of pregnancy and early parenthood.
 
What DID The Birth Circle do for you in your early parenthood?  Perhaps a lot, especially if you were new to the area and your support network lived far away, or if you simply needed to connect with other parents or specific resources in our community.  Whatever it was that brought you to The Birth Circle, we are glad it did, and you can rest assured that we are still doing our best to meet the needs of area families, as we did for you!
 
If you are currently expecting a child, experiencing the wonders of the first year with your infant, or exploring the world with your toddler or preschooler, you know firsthand that The Birth Circle continues to serve people in early parenthood through our…
 
  • Monthly Meetings—where we provide education and a direct connection to local resources
  • Play Group—where parents and kids meet, play and socialize each month
  • Loss Support Group—where families can find a safe and comforting place to grieve
  • Prepared Mommy Camp—where young moms-to-be find support and relevant resources
  • Young Mom Support Group—where bonds of friendship are fostered through learning and play
  • Meals-For-Moms (& Families)—where community members support fellow families in need with gifts of food
  • Pregnancy & Baby Fair—where families find a hub of fun programming and local resources
  • Annual Family Reunion Picnic—where kids and parents play, socialize and eat together
  • Yard Sale—where families go to find essential items for their growing families at great prices
  • Loss Ceremony—where people connect to remember and honor the children they’ve lost too soon
  • JIVE!—where families, young and old, come to celebrate and welcome the New Year together
 
The Birth Circle has always been a hub of local and regional resources, connecting families and experts in so many ways, AND ALL FOR FREE!  We are proud of the relationships we have created and sustained around the region, and we continue to work hard to widen the circle of support available to young families.  One way we can do this is to gather your input.  We would love to know more about your story and how we played a part!
 
We invite you to tell us what The Birth Circle has done for you in the past and present, and what you would like to see in future.  You can share your thoughts with us by participating in our ONLINE SURVEYWhether you are a new family currently active in The Birth Circle, or a family who has felt the support of The Birth Circle in the past, you know that our remarkable programs and events can make all the difference when it comes to the challenges and successes of parenthood.
 
As the year moves to a close, we hope that you will take a moment and reflect on what The Birth Circle has meant to you, your family and your community.  WE CANNOT DO ALL OF THIS VALUABLE WORK WITHOUT YOUR HELP!  One simple yet incredibly important way that you can help support young families on their journey through early parenthood is to make a contribution in support of The Birth Circle today as we continue our mission to educate, support and empower families as they journey through pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period and early childhood. 
Just click on the “Donate” button and follow the link to make your contribution through Pay Pal.
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THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR THE BIRTH CIRCLE AND AREA FAMILIES!
 
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
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November Monthly Meeting

OUR POSTPARTUM BODIES:  PELVIC FLOOR & ABDOMINAL RECOVERY AFTER CHILDBIRTH
Wednesday, November 30th
***this meeting falls during the week AFTER Thanksgiving***
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Public Library

Our bodies work hard during pregnancy and childbirth, and sometimes there’s more to recover from than we were expecting.  Join physical therapists Angel Thomas, PT, OCS and Allison Barnett, PT of OhioHealth to learn more about common postpartum diagnoses such as pelvic pain, incontinence and diastasis recti.  They will also share helpful tips to manage these including some exercises to help you recover.  Bring your questions and experiences to share!
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Birth Circle monthly meetings are free and open to the public.
Children welcome to attend.
Co-sponsored by the Athens County Public Libraries.
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Items from our Lending Library are available for you to check out and take home from Birth Circle meetings. In addition to books and other media, we have baby carriers, birthing balls and other supplies available for loan!
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Support The Birth Circle!

“Every accomplishment The Birth Circle has ever achieved is owed in large part to you and the donations you so generously give. In fact, we cannot do any of it without you. Please give what you can, knowing that every cent lifts up the families we serve.”

-Molly Wales, Former Executive Director of The Birth Circle

To make a secure on-line donation via Paypal, please click the “donate” button below!


Your donations are appreciated and help us continue to provide informative monthly meetings, fun family events and community programming! We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your contribution is tax-deductible. Please click on the “Donate” button above to make a secure online payment or make checks payable to “The Birth Circle” and mail to:

The Birth Circle

PO Box 665

Athens, Ohio 45701

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Volunteer

We would love to have your help with our annual New Year’s Celebration: JIVE! Follow this link to our Online Donation and Sponsorship Sign-Up Form. You can donate time, food, door prizes, and cash donations, or decide to be a sponsor for our event. A sponsorship of $250 will allow your name and logo to be featured on the JIVE! Event poster. We offer a big door prize raffle at the event, and if you donate a prize, your name will be listed at the event and you will be announced at JIVE!
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JIVE! 2016

We would love to have your help with our annual New Year’s Celebration: JIVE! This is our Online Donation and Sponsorship Sign-Up Form, which will make things easier for you and for us. You can donate time, food, door prizes, and cash donations, or decide to be a sponsor for our event. A sponsorship of $250 will allow your name and logo to be featured on the JIVE! Event poster. We offer a big door prize raffle at the event, and if you donate a prize, your name will be listed at the event and you will be announced at JIVE!
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November News 2016

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Good Morning Everyone!
 
Here we are…November, a month full of excitement and gratitude.  In keeping with those themes, The Birth Circle is offering a month of really great events, including our monthly meeting about postpartum recovery.  See below for more details about this meeting, as well as information about our Play Group and Loss Support Group.  Also below you will find information on volunteering for JIVE!  This fabulous family-friendly event is on the horizon and we’re excited for another fun evening of celebration!
The season of giving is upon us and we would love to have your help.  Every few years we put out an Impact Survey which helps us gauge your wants and needs, and helps us stay relevant in our community.  We would love to hear from you, so please consider taking this short survey by following the link provided below.
 
In the spirit of the season, we hope that you will consider donating to The Birth Circle.  Your support helps us offer important programming and resources to families in our community, for free.  It’s easy to donate and since we’re a charitable non-profit, your support is tax-deductible–it’s a win for both of us!  You can mail in your donation (see address below) or you can follow this link for a safe and secure way to donate online.  We are incredibly thankful for your support!
 
We hope you have a wonderful November and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events this month.  Thank you!!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
PO Box 665  Athens, OH  45701
740-652-6262 
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NOVEMBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, November 3rd
3:30-5:00pm
At the Athens Library’s Kids’ Section
Everyone needs a little play time and socialization, so why not join us this Thursday at the Library for just that?  All ages welcome for some fun, conversation and camaraderie.  We’ll see you there!
 
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NOVEMBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, November 3rd
6:30pm
Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave., 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.
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OUR POSTPARTUM BODIES:  PELVIC FLOOR & ABDOMINAL RECOVERY AFTER CHILDBIRTH
Wednesday, November 30th
***this meeting falls during the week AFTER Thanksgiving***
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Public Library

Our bodies work hard during pregnancy and childbirth, and sometimes there’s more to recover from than we were expecting.  Join physical therapists Angel Thomas, PT, OCS and Allison Barnett, PT of OhioHealth to learn more about common postpartum diagnoses such as pelvic pain, incontinence and diastasis recti.  They will also share helpful tips to manage these including some exercises to help you recover.  Bring your questions and experiences to share!
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****WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!****
 
We want to hear from YOU!!!  How does The Birth Circle best serve our community?  How have we played a part in your life?  What is that one topic that you wish we would cover?  What event did you get the most out of?  How can we do better?  Tell us how we’re doing by taking our short survey which is now available on our website, just follow this link.  With your help we can increase our relevancy and serve our community in better ways.  Your participation is key and we sincerely appreciate your time and thoughtful feedback.  Thank YOU!!
 
Support from our community is integral to how we get things done here at The Birth Circle.  As the year winds down and the season of giving approaches, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our non-profit organization.  Just follow this link to our support page and click on “Donate” to make a secure donation through PayPal.  Thank you so much for your support!!
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Jive! is a fantastic event thanks to all of our volunteers, and you could be one of them!  Believe it or not this fun, family 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 athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information.  Thanks!
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October Monthly Meeting & News

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Howdy Everyone,
 
The days have grown shorter and we’re all gearing up for tricks and treats this week. One lovely treat coming your way is The Birth Circle’s monthly meeting on Wednesday! We have a wonderfully informative meeting scheduled and we hope you join us. Many of us are curious about fostering and adoption opportunities in our area, and this month we have one of our local experts from Athens County Children Services coming to share information and answer your questions. If you’ve been through either process, we would love for you to come and share your experiences as well! Please check out the details below and we look forward to seeing you there!
 
Also below, you will find information on how to participate in our Impact Survey, how to donate to The Birth Circle, and how to volunteer for JIVE!  Contact us with any questions.  Thanks for your support!
 
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
www.athensbirthcircle.com
 
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ADOPTION AND FOSTERING OPTIONS IN ATHENS COUNTY
Wednesday, October 26th
7:00-8:30pm Athens Public Library
30 Home St.  Athens, OH
 
This month we welcome Tanja Kuhre, the Athens County Children Services Foster Parent Recruiter/Trainer.  She will speak with us about fostering and adopting in our region.  If you have ever wondered how to become a foster parent, or have questions about adopting children from our area, she is happy to share her knowledge with you, so please plan to join us.  If you are a family who has experience with fostering, and those who have gone through the adoption process, we encouraged you to come and share your journey!  We’ll see you there!
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THE BIRTH CIRCLE’S IMPACT SURVEY
We want to hear from YOU!!!  How does The Birth Circle best serve our community?  How have we played a part in your life?  What is that one topic that you wish we would cover?  What event did you get the most out of?  How can we do better?  Tell us how we’re doing by taking our short survey below. With your help we can increase our relevancy and serve our community in better ways.  Your participation is key and we sincerely appreciate your time and thoughtful feedback.  Thank YOU!!

 
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THE BIRTH CIRCLE
Support from our community is integral to how we get things done here at The Birth Circle.  As the year winds down and the season of giving approaches, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our non-profit organization.  Just follow this link to make a secure donation through PayPal and learn about other easy ways to help out. Thank you so much for your support!!
 
JIVE! 2016
Jive! is a fantastic event thanks to all of our volunteers, and you could be one of them!  Believe it or not this fun, family 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 athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information.  Thanks!
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October News 2016

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Hello Everyone!

We have a lovely month of events ahead of us. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month and we have a special afternoon planned to honor those families who have experienced the loss of a child. All are welcome and please feel free to share the details with others. Please see below for more about our Loss Ceremony, as well as for information about our monthly meeting.

For our October monthly meeting, we are excited to host an evening of learning about adoption and fostering in our area. If you’ve been a foster parent or have adopted children of your own we would love to have you join us and share your experiences.

Happy autumn to you all, and we look forward to seeing you sometime soon!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
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CEREMONY HONORING PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS
Sunday, October 16th at 3:00pm
Athens Community Center Playground
701 East State St. Athens, OH

The Birth Circle will hold a ceremony at the Athens Community Center’s “Ribbon Tree,” planted near the playground in April of this year as a memorial to honor and celebrate the short lives of babies lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or in infancy. This year’s ceremony will include readings and a time of sharing, as well as time to tie a ribbon of your choice on the tree. The event is open to the public, and children are welcome to attend. If parents are unable to attend the ceremony but would like their child’s name or due date spoken, or a particular poem or prayer read, they can contact Claudia or Julia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or 740-652-6262.

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ADOPTION AND FOSTERING OPTIONS IN ATHENS COUNTY
Wednesday, October 26th
7:00-8:30pm Athens Public Library
30 Home St. Athens, OH

This month we welcome Tanja Kuhre, the Athens County Children Services Foster Parent Recruiter/Trainer. She will speak with us about fostering and adopting in our region. If you have ever wondered how to become a foster parent, or have questions about adopting children from our area, she is happy to share her knowledge with you, so please plan to join us. Families who have experience with fostering and those who have gone through the adoption process are encouraged to come and share your journey. We’ll see you there!

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JIVE! 2016
Jive! is a fantastic event thanks to all of our volunteers, and you could be one of them! Believe it or not this fun, family 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 for more information. Thanks!

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OCTOBER PLAYGROUP
Thursday, October 6th
3:30-5:00pm
At the Athens Library’s Kids’ Section
Everyone needs a little play time and socialization, so why not join us this Thursday at the Library for just that? All ages welcome for some fun, conversation and camaraderie. We’ll see you there!

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OCTOBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, October 6th
6:30pm
Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave., 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.

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September/October News 2016

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Hello Everyone,
As we welcome autumn, we invite you to join us this week for our September monthly meeting. It is an important topic that affects many families in our community. You don’t have to have experienced a loss of your own in order to get something out of the evening. Come, share, learn and leave with some resources and tools that can help you support another person through a difficult time. We hope to see you there!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262

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LOCAL LOSS SUPPORT RESOURCES
Wednesday, September 28th
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Library
Stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death are often uncomfortable topics in our culture. This leaves families that experience loss feeling isolated in their grief. From bereavement doulas and counselors, to handmade blankets as well as a network of photographers, come find what resources we have in our community that can offer support and healing to these families. The intent of this meeting is to empower us all to walk beside our friends and family who experience loss. You will leave with a list of resources, ideas and confidence in your ability to help people who are grieving.

**PARENTS ATTENDING WITH SMALL CHILDREN (NOT INFANTS) PLEASE NOTE**
Due to the sensitivity of the topic, we request that parents please help their young children maintain a quiet, respectful atmosphere for this meeting. Thank you for your understanding.

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OCTOBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, October 6th
3:30-5:00pm
At the Athens Library’s Kids’ Section
Everyone needs a little play time and socialization, so why not join us this Thursday at the Library for just that? All ages welcome for some fun, conversation and camaraderie. We’ll see you there!

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OCTOBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, October 6th
6:30pm
Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave., 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.

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September Monthly Meeting 2016

Supporting Families Through a Loss

Wednesday, September 28th
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Library


Stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death are often uncomfortable topics in our culture. This leaves families that experience loss feeling isolated in their grief. From bereavement doulas and counselors, to handmade blankets as well as a network of photographers, come find what resources we have in our community that can offer support and healing to these families. The intent of this meeting is to empower us all to walk beside our friends and family who experience loss. You will leave with a list of resources, ideas and confidence in your ability to help people who are grieving.

Birth Circle monthly meetings are free and open to the public.
Children welcome to attend.
Co-sponsored by the Athens County Public Libraries.

Items from our Lending Library are available for you to check out and take home from Birth Circle meetings. In addition to books and other media, we have baby carriers, birthing balls and other supplies available for loan.

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