January Meeting 2018

 

The Birth Circle January Meeting

 

Early Childhood Parenting & Special Education

Wednesday, January 31st

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

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Jennifer Cain, Tammy Hogsett, and Cathye Williams of Hopewell Health and Help Me Grow will join us to talk about a variety of early childhood topics. Come learn about the early intervention and special education services offered by Help Me Grow as well as a discussion about creating supportive routines and parenting strategies to help toddlers through difficult transitions and emotions.

January 2018 News & Events

Happy New Year Everyone!

The new year is bringing a new phase for the Birth Circle this year, most notably that this is my first email as the new Director of the Birth Circle. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a stay at home mom to Lucia (4) and Violet (3 months). I moved to a little parcel in Wayne National Forest in 2013 with my partner and tiny bump of a first trimester baby. We have since added various animals, way too many home improvement projects, and two daughters, both born in swift and beautiful home births attended by several of our amazing local midwives and doulas. We chose Athens County in part to be close to family but also because we had heard about the wonderful support of the Birth Circle and the sustainably minded community with good access to fresh local food! I am passionate about empowering women in general, and specifically in the areas of childbirth and rearing, breastfeeding, and owning our reproductive health and mental well-being. I became involved in Birth Circle monthly meetings soon after moving to Athens county while pregnant with Lucia and joined the Board in 2014. I have worked (and so far still serve) as the Meals for Families coordinator for the last two years and have helped with many Birth Circle events and fundraisers over the years. In my spare time I enjoys knitting, sewing, and reading. The Birth Circle was instrumental in supporting my family through the first few years of parenthood and I am excited to further that work in the community.

A huge thank you to Claudia for her years of service to the Birth Circle, and to all who joined us though donations and participating in JIVE! to make our end of the year fundraising a success! Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to continue our programing and outreach efforts to provide a nurturing community for our families. I am looking forward to a fresh beginning in 2018 and beg your patience as I learn how to fill this position that Claudia fulfilled so capably. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you feel that a conversation you started with the Birth Circle in 2017 has fallen through the cracks during the transition!

Ariel Carver

Executive Director, The Birth Circle

www.athensbirthcircle.com

 


JIVE! 2017

Thank you to all who volunteered, attended, donated raffle prizes, played music, and sponsored our annual JIVE! Fundraiser, we could not do the work we do without your support!

THANKS TO OUR JIVE! SPONSORS!!

   

 

 

 

Special thanks to:

Athena Grand

Athens CASA/GAL

Athens Mini Maestros

Avalanche Pizza

Bodhi Tree Guest House

Carmilla Butcher – Matilda Jane Clothing

Casa Nueva

Donkey Coffee

Factory Street Studio

Friendly Paws Pet Supplies

GoBus

Kiser’s

Real World Organizing

Salaam

Shagbark Seed & Mill

Snowville Creamery

Michelle Stobart/Inhale Yoga

White’s Mill


YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP

Date and Time to be announced, stay tuned on our Facebook page!

We hope to gather later this month for some play and socializing, we hope to see you there!

 


 

January Monthly Meeting

Wednesday January 31st, 7:00-8:30 pm at the Athens Library

Jennifer Cain, Tammy Hogsett, and Cathye Williams of Hopewell Health and Help Me Grow will join us to talk about a variety of early childhood topics. Come learn about the early intervention and special education services offered by Help Me Grow as well as a discussion about creating supportive routines and parenting strategies to help toddlers through difficult transitions and emotions.

 


MEALS FOR FAMILIES (formerly Meals For Moms)

Let The Birth Circle community cook for you! If you’ve just had a baby, if you are going through another type of transition in your family, or have experienced a loss, The Birth Circle is more than happy to organize a meal calendar to help support you. If you are interested in receiving meals, providing meals or both, please contact our Meals For Families Coordinator, Ariel Carver at arielrose.carver@gmail.com for more information.

The Birth Circle’s New Director, Ariel Carver

Introducing Ariel Carver as The Birth Circle’s new Director!

“I am a stay at home mom to Lucia (4) and Violet (3 months). I moved to a little parcel in Wayne National Forest in 2013 with my partner and tiny bump of a first trimester baby. We have since added various animals, way too many home improvement projects, and two daughters, both born in swift and beautiful home births attended by several of our amazing local midwives and doulas. We chose Athens County in part to be close to family but also because we had heard about the wonderful support of the Birth Circle and the sustainably minded community with good access to fresh local food! I am passionate about empowering women in general, and specifically in the areas of childbirth and rearing, breastfeeding, and owning our reproductive health and mental well-being. I became involved in Birth Circle monthly meetings soon after moving to Athens county while pregnant with Lucia and joined the Board in 2014. I have worked (and so far still serve) as the Meals for Families coordinator for the last two years and have helped with many Birth Circle events and fundraisers over the years. In my spare time I enjoys knitting, sewing, and reading. The Birth Circle was instrumental in supporting my family through the first few years of parenthood and I am excited to further that work in the community.”

Birth Circle Director News

The Birth Circle exists because of all of you and your willingness to share your experiences, challenges and successes as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, care providers, and friends.  We are so happy to be a part of this bright and vibrant community we call home!  We hope that you know how much we appreciate you!

After five years with The Birth Circle, I am “retiring” from the Directorship position.  I am so grateful for all of the friendships that I have gained over the years and will miss being a regular part of the group.  However, I am happy to say that my family and I will remain in the area and I plan to play a part in The Birth Circle in various ways as a volunteer.

I am excited to watch this important community organization continue to flourish and grow and I am confident that our new Director, Ariel Carver, alongside our Assistant Director Julia Farver and our hard-working Board, will do an incredible job carrying out The Birth Circle’s mission to educate, support and empower women and families as they journey through pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and early childhood. By making families aware of the resources available to them, we are hoping to build community.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR LIVES WITH US!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw

JIVE! 2017

We had such a fun evening bringing in 2018, and we couldn’t have done it without all the hard work of Emily Schmaltz and our very special Birth Circle Board of Directors. To all those who attended, sponsored and supported our event–Thank you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Visit our official JIVE! page for more details!

JIVE! 2017 is made possible by support from:

 

 

   

 

Special thanks to:

Athena Grand

Athens CASA/GAL

Athens Mini Maestros

Avalanche Pizza

Bodhi Tree Guest House

Carmilla Butcher – Matilda Jane Clothing

Casa Nueva

Donkey Coffee

Factory Street Studio

Friendly Paws Pet Supplies

GoBus

Kiser’s

Real World Organizing

Salaam

Shagbark Seed & Mill

Snowville Creamery

Michelle Stobart/Inhale Yoga

White’s Mill