July Meeting

Thank you to all who attended our meeting last night! Here is the contact information for Ruby Kilkinney, who talked to us about car seat safety.

Ruby Kilkinney, AKA “the car seat lady”

Hocking.Athens.Perry Community Action

3 Cardaras Drive

Glouster, Ohio 45732


800-686-1093 FREE

Car seat safety tips: http://www.safekids.org/car-seat

Information on the free car seat program: http://hapcap.org/freecarseat


Thank you, Amy King, for sharing your knowledge!

Six specific early literacy skills http://www.myacpl.org/kids/literacy/skills

Books to share with your child: http://www.myacpl.org/kids/literacy/books

Links to more information on early literacy skills: http://www.myacpl.org/kids/literacy/links


 Ruby Kilkinney, AKA “the car seat lady”

Ruby Kilkinney, AKA “the car seat lady”

July 2015 Meeting

 Amy King, Coordinator of Outreach and Enrichment for the Athens County Public Libraries
Amy King, Coordinator of Outreach and Enrichment for the Athens County Public Libraries


Hello Everyone,
I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day weekend!  This month is a busy one to say the least.  There is an important training coming up next week at O’Bleness for birth workers. Details are listed below, so if you are a social worker, nurse, or another birth-related professional, please take advantage of this opportunity.
Our Play Group was early this month, but you can always plan on some fun and socializing on the first Thursday of the month at the Athens Public Library from 3-5pm, so mark your calendars.
If you are interested in providing meals to new families, please let our Meals for Moms Coordinator Talia Parrotti know by emailing her at taliaparrotti@gmail.com .  We have one family in need of meals and more expecting their little ones over the next few months.  If you are interested in receiving meals, let her know and she’ll send out a notice when you are ready to receive them.
Have a great July and we’ll see you soon.
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-MAMA740-652-MAMA (6262)


Car Seat Safety & Early Childhood Literacy
Wednesday, July 29th from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Athens Public Library
Come find out the latest car seat safety guidelines for our children.  Ruby Kilkinney from Hocking Athens Perry Community Action’s Early Head Start program will share the newest information to help keep your child safe in your vehicle.  Grandparents, friends and caregivers will benefit from this information as well, so bring everyone.  In addition we have Amy King, the Coordinator of Outreach and Enrichment for the Athens County Public Libraries, who will share with us the importance of reading to our children.  Whether a child is four days old or four years old, it is not too early or too late to start building early literacy skills.
The Big Latch On
Friday July 31st at Richland Avenue Park starting at 9:30am; Latch On at 10:30am
“Imagine a world where every family was supported, nurtured by their community, and where breastfeeding is a normal part of life”.  Athens County WIC is hosting a Big Latch On to promote breastfeeding awareness as part of a worldwide event. The Big Latch On is open to the public and there will be food and fun for the whole family. For more information contact Jayde at 740-677-4002740-677-4002 or jkovach@hopewellhealth.org or Dyan at 740-342-4938740-342-4938 or dvansickle@hopewellhealth.org
11th Annual Birth Circle La Leche League Yard Sale!!
Rescheduled!!New dates:  Friday August 28th and Saturday August 29th at the East State Street Shelter (near the Community Pool)
Donations are being accepted in preparation for our annual, huge multi-family yard sale that benefits the Birth Circle and La Leche League.  If you have maternity, baby and child-related items to donate which are gently used and in good working order, please bring them to 102 Sunnyside in Athens.  If you would like a donation receipt, please contact Claudia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com .


Perinatal Hospice Birth and Bereavement Training for Birth Professionals

Sessions on Monday July 13th, 2015, Tuesday July 14th, 2015 and Wednesday July 15th, at O’Bleness Hospital—please see below or attached document for details

Perinatal Hospice Birth and Bereavement Training

for Birth Professionals

Jointly provided by OhioHealth O’Bleness & AHEC / CHEAO

Presented by:

Kelly Gerken, President & Founder of Sufficient Grace Ministries

Certified Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula

To meet everyone’s schedule, this 2 Hour Seminar is being offered multiple times a day on the following dates and times at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital:

No registration required.

Monday July 13th 10am-noon, 1-3pm, 3-5pm LL008

Tuesday July 14th 1-3pm, 3-5pm, 6-8pm Medical Education Room

Wednesday July 15th 7-9am, 9-11am, 12-2pm LL008


  1.       Recognize the bereaved parent’s perspective
  2.       Describe the caregiver’s responsibility in making a lasting, tangible memory for bereaved parents experiencing perinatal loss
  3.       Explain the art of compassionate care: Companioning

Attendance by Birth Center, Emergency Department and Operating Room associates is highly encouraged.  Sessions are open to all other interested OhioHealth associates and community healthcare providers.

CHEAO (OH-049, 10/1/2017) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This program meets the criteria for 2 contact hour for nurses.

Hopewell Health Centers, Inc. is a provider of CPEs for Counselors and Social Workers for the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapists Board.  Provider number is RCS070803.

This program has been approved for 2 Credit Hours for Social Workers.

This program does not meet the criteria for Counseling credit.

You must attend the entire presentation and turn in an evaluation form to receive CE credit.