Prepared Mommy Camp 2016

 If you are a mom-to-be and want to register for this year’s camp, go to our Prepared Mommy Camp page for more information or fill out this online form!

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**DONATIONS NEEDED FOR OUR 4TH PREPARED MOMMY CAMP**

This June 20th-24th we are holding our 4th Prepared Mommy Camp thanks to support from the Athens Foundation.  This Camp is offered for free to pregnant women age 21 and younger, and provides a safe place where these young women can build their confidence as they learn more about healthy pregnancy, infant care and positive parenting.  The Camp also provides a place for to build bonds of support with one another, which often last well beyond the week we spend together. 
Many of the participants are from rural, low-income families where access to resources may be limited.  We are hoping that with your help we can send them home with loads of supplies that will help improve the quality of life for them and their babies.  You can lend your support by donating products related to pregnancy and/or newborns (clothes, furniture, slings, diapers, nursing bras, etc.) which will go directly to our Camp participants.  For your donations, the Birth Circle will provide a receipt for tax purposes upon request.  We are expecting to serve 5 to 10 young moms and would be grateful for any quantity you can offer!
  • We are in need of products related to pregnancy and/or newborns (clothes, furniture, slings, diapers, nursing bras, etc.).
  • We are in need of snacks and breakfast items to have available during camp.
  • If you would like to volunteer your time, we are looking for help transporting participants to and from camp. We also need volunteers to pick-up meals from local restaurants and deliver them to camp.
  • If you offer pregnancy or baby-related goods or services (photography, art, clothing, etc), we are looking for donations to be used as prizes for the women at the end of their week of learning.
Please take a moment to fill out this form if you are able to contribute to this valuable, free program for young moms-to-be.  Thank you!

May & June News 2016

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Good Morning Everyone!
 
Tomorrow we are gathering for our next monthly meeting, “Sharing Birth Stories”.  We hope you will join us and share the story of your child’s birth, your very own birth, or the birth of a grandchild.  Sharing and listening to these stories is such a great way to strengthen our bonds with one another and we hope that you will join us!
 
Our 4th Prepared Mommy Camp is coming up next month!  Please see below for information on how you can support this incredible program.  Contact me with any questions about the Camp or any of The Birth Circle programs.  Have a great day and we’ll see you soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
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SHARING BIRTH STORIES
Wednesday, May 25th 
From 7:00 to 8:30 pm
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.
 
All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by
the Athens County Public Library
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TEEN & YOUNG MOM SUPPORT GROUP

This group for young moms began as a way to continue support after Prepared Mommy Camp. The group meets once a month. Please see our calendar for upcoming meetings and/or contact coordinator Amber Dellinger, athensbirthcircle@gmail.com, for more information.

Wednesday, May 25th, noon – 2pm

Richland Avenue Park, Athens, OH

From group coordinator, Amber Dellinger:

Let’s meet at the park this month to let the kids play! I will also have something for all you mamas to help celebrate Mother’s Day!!!

 

**DONATIONS NEEDED FOR OUR 4TH PREPARED MOMMY CAMP**
This June 20th-24th we are holding our 4th Prepared Mommy Camp thanks to support from the Athens Foundation.  This Camp is offered for free to pregnant women age 21 and younger, and provides a safe place where these young women can build their confidence as they learn more about healthy pregnancy, infant care and positive parenting.  The Camp also provides a place for them to build bonds of support with one another, which often last well beyond the week we spend together.
Many of the participants are from rural, low-income families where access to resources may be limited.  We are hoping that with your help we can send them home with loads of supplies that will help improve the quality of life for them and their babies.  You can lend your support by donating products related to pregnancy and/or newborns (clothes, furniture, slings, diapers, nursing bras, etc.) which will go directly to our Camp participants.  For your donations, the Birth Circle will provide a receipt for tax purposes upon request.  We are expecting to serve 5 to 10 young moms and would be grateful for any quantity you can offer!
Please take a moment to fill out this form if you are able to contribute to this valuable, free program for young moms-to-be.  Thank you!
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JUNE PLAY GROUP
Thursday, June 2nd 
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!
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JUNE LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, June 2nd
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.

Prepared Mommy Camp 2016

Registration for this year’s Prepared Mommy Camp is open! Prepared Mommy Camp is completely free and The Birth Circle will arrange for transportation if needed. This program is made possible by community support and a grant from the Athens Foundation. Each young woman will leave camp with tons of baby gear as well as books and information about pregnancy, labor & delivery, infant care,and more. Every year, some of our young moms from previous years come back to share their stories. This program is about moms helping moms! For more information visit our Prepared Mommy Camp page or fill out the registration form below. We would also be happy to mail the forms to you! Call or text 740-517-8441.

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If you are having any problems with the form below, try this link to open the form.

 

May Meeting – Sharing Birth Stories

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SHARING BIRTH STORIES

Wednesday, May 25th

From 7:00 to 8:30pm

At the Athens Public Library, large meeting room

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. Children are welcome to attend. All Birth Circle monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

Items from our Lending Library are available for you to check out and take home from our monthly meetings! We have a variety of baby carriers, books & DVDs.

For more information on our monthly meeting, please click here.

May News & Events

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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
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TEEN & YOUNG MOM SUPPORT GROUP

This group for young moms began as a way to continue support after Prepared Mommy Camp. The group meets once a month. Please see our calendar for upcoming meetings and/or contact coordinator Amber Dellinger, athensbirthcircle@gmail.com, for more information.

Wednesday, May 25th, noon – 2pm

Richland Avenue Park, Athens, OH

From group coordinator, Amber Dellinger:

Let’s meet at the park this month to let the kids play! I will also have something for all you mamas to help celebrate Mother’s Day!!!

 
MAY PLAY GROUP
Thursday, May 5th
from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
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 8:00 pm
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/ 
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