January Monthly Meeting 2017

Breastfeeding 101
Wednesday January 25th
7pm to 8:30pm
Athens Public Library
This evening we will discuss all things breastfeeding with local experts from WIC, La Leche League, O’Bleness Hospital and Ebb & Flow Lactation Services.  Come learn more about the benefits (to mom and baby), good positioning and latch, as well as other common challenges and solutions.  We will also have time for questions, so plan to join us later this month!
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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!

January 2017 News & Events

Delicate Firs
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
As usual we are excited to start another great year here in our community!  We have a marvelous month ahead of us, starting tomorrow with the Loss Support Group meeting and later on the 25th with our regular monthly meeting, “Breast Feeding 101”, where we’ll have local breastfeeding experts and resources on-hand to answer your questions.  Our Play Group will return in February.  We hope to see you sometime very soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
 
JIVE! 2016 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!
A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of our volunteers, including our dedicated board members, and to all of you who were able to join us this New Year’s Eve at JIVE! 
 
A big shout-out goes to these fine folks and businesses who supported our JIVE! event with sponsorships and donations.  Show them some love this New Year by supporting them when you can:
ELITE SPONSORS
OTHER SPONSORS
& RAFFLE PRIZE DONORS

 

We had a spectacular evening and we wish all of you in our Birth Circle community a Happy 2017!

***UPCOMING JANUARY EVENTS***

 

 
JANUARY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, January 5th
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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PLAY GROUP TO RETURN IN FEBRUARY
Everyone needs a little play time and socialization, so why not join us next month?  All ages welcome for some fun, conversation and camaraderie.  Stay tuned for details and we’ll see you there!
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BREASTFEEDING 101
Wednesday January 25th
7pm to 8:30pm
Athens Public Library
 
This evening we will discuss all things breast feeding with local experts from WIC, La Leche League, O’Bleness Hospital and Ebb & Flow Lactation Services.  Come learn more about the benefits (to mom and baby), good positioning and latch, as well as other common challenges and solutions.  We will also have time for questions, so plan to join us later this month!
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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 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!!
Delicate Firs

JIVE! 2016

We will have no Monthly Meeting in December because we are focusing on this wonderful event!

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RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT
JIVE!
When:  December 31st, 2016.  The party starts at 5pm and will go until 8pm, with the ball dropping at 7:30pm. This way the whole family can enjoy the celebration.
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Where:  Located at Eclipse Company Store, 11309 Jackson Dr., The Plains
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Food & Drink:  This year’s JIVE! party will include dinner by Kiser’s BBQ and desserts from Fluff Bakery.  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 local brews.
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Music & Prizes:  Entertainment will include live music by the Wireless Ramblers, dancing and multiple kids’ activities, including a photo booth. 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:  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!
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For Tickets:  You may purchase tickets online by following this link to our Eventbrite JIVE! page until 3pm on 12/31.  You can also purchase tickets at Fluff Bakery, located at 8 N. Court St. in Athens through 12/30. Tickets are $15 per adult ($20 at the door) and $5 ($10 at the door) for each child three and up. Tickets will be available at the door until sold out.
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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.com.  As a thank you for volunteering, we will give each adult volunteer a free adult ticket.  Thank you for considering!
THANK YOU TO OUR ELITE SPONSORS
 

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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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We need your feedback to make The Birth Circle the best it can be! Click here to fill out an our 2016 Impact Survey.

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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
Oaxacan

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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