September Meeting

Come learn some tools that can help you to provide comfort and support to families that have experienced loss and leave with a sense of hope and confidence that you too can be there for someone if need be. It is an important topic and we hope you will join us Wednesday, September 30th, 7pm at the Athens Public Library.

 

September News

Willowmarsh

Hello Everyone,

Our monthly meeting for September covers a very important topic that we typically shy away from openly discussing in our culture.  I encourage you to attend with an open mind and heart because the unfortunate reality is that many of us experience these types of loss in our lives, and we each need a supportive community in which to heal. Come learn some tools that can help you to provide this type of comfort and support and leave with a sense of hope and confidence that you too can be there for someone if need be. It is an important topic and we hope you will join us.

Have a wonderful week and we’ll see you soon!

Warmly,

Claudia Bashaw

Executive Director, The Birth Circle

www.athensbirthcircle.com

740-652-MAMA(6262)

 

Supporting Families Through a Loss

Wednesday, September 30th from 7-8:30pm at the Athens Public Library

Stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death are often uncomfortable topics in our culture. This leaves families that experience loss feeling isolated in their grief. Come listen to moms and families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss share what was and is helpful to them as they journey toward healing.

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 ideas and confidence in your ability to help people who are grieving. Councelor Rachel Siegel will be facilitating.

 

Birth Circle at the Paw Paw Festival

Every year, the Birth Circle co-sponsors a baby care and nursing tent at the Paw Paw festival. (Sept 11-13 at Lake Snowden).  We still need volunteers for set-up on Thursday! If you are available to help with that or if you are interested in assisting with donations, tear down, planning, programming or anything else please contact Rachel Szostek at szostekrachel@gmail.com. We want this to be a place of comfort and retreat for families, and we appreciate any help you can provide!

 

A Huge Thanks!!

This year’s Birth Circle/La Leche League Yard Sale Fundraiser was enormously successful!!  Our organizers Amy Kovach and Carolyn Hain did a phenomenal job with the help of so many of you!  A HUGE thanks goes out to all of you who donated items, who volunteered your time, and to those of you who came to shop!  We are so grateful!

Willowmarsh

11th Annual Birth Circle & La Leche League Yard Sale

Yard Sale Flyer 2015

 

Donations are still being accepted for our annual yard sale! 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. For more information, you can email Carolyn at carolynhain@gmail.com. If you would like a donation receipt, please contact Claudia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com. Thank you to everyone who has already donated!

colourful-volunteer-vector

We are looking for several shifts to be covered–set up, clean up and everything in between! This year the sale will be held at the East State Street shelter house. This fundraiser helps us continue to bring you informative meetings and fun family events! Please contact Carolyn at carolynhain@gmail.com if you would like to help out – thank you!!

 

August News

Meals For Moms

We currently have two families that are in need of meals as they adjust to their new lives as parents.  If you are able to make a meal, please follow the links below or contact our MFM Coordinator, Talia Parrotti (taliaparrotti@gmail.com).  This is such an important thing to do for a new family and your kindness is greatly appreciated!

Elliot Long and family

http://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/meals.php?t=YKBM8508

or

http://www.TakeThemAMeal.com

Recipient Last Name: Long   Password: 4258

 

Kristine Daugherty and family

http://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/meals.php?t=AQRL7491

or

http://www.TakeThemAMeal.com

Recipient Last Name: Daugherty   Password: 3814

 

Picnic In The Park

Wednesday, August 26th starting at 5:30pm at the Richland Avenue Park Shelter House

Every summer we gather to visit and have fun as families before the school year really kicks into gear.  Bring a picnic dinner for your family (please note that this is not a potluck), and socialize with other Birth Circle families both old and new.

 

11th Annual Birth Circle La Leche League Yard Sale!!

Friday August 28th and Saturday August 29th at the East State Street Shelter (near the Community Pool)

Join us for our annual fundraising Yard Sale. This year we are collaborating with the La Leche League as usual and all the proceeds will benefit both organizations.  Come shop for baby gear and clothes, maternity wear, and other fun child and family-related items.  We hope to see you there!!

Donations are still being accepted, so 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 .

 

Call For Volunteers:  Birth Circle at the Paw Paw Festival

Every year, the Birth Circle co-sponsors a baby care and nursing tent at the Paw Paw festival. (Sept 11-13 at Lake Snowden)  Last year, it served around 100 visitors, and this year we expect it to be better, with more space and some programming. WE NEED YOUR HELP to plan and pull this off!  If you are interested in assisting with donations, set up/tear down, planning, programming, and anything else please contact Rachel Szostek at szostekrachel@gmail.com or sign up at this month’s meeting. We want this to be a place of comfort and retreat for families, and we need a strong committee to make that happen!

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

740-767-4500

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

JULY NEWS

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.
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-MAMA740-652-MAMA (6262)

UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:

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

Objectives:

  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.

TRANSITIONING FROM PREGNANCY TO PARENTHOOD: WHAT TO EXPECT POSTPARTUM, JUNE 24TH, 7-8:30PM

Wednesday June 24th

7-8:30pm at the Athens Public Library

Join us as we discuss ways to make your transition to parenthood smoother. Our local Postpartum Doulas will lead the evening’s meeting sharing pointers, realistic timelines for different types of childbirth recovery, needs to plan for and so much more. This will be a great meeting for expectant moms AND partners, so bring your questions!

June 2015 Flyer

PREPARED MOMMY CAMP 2015

PREPARED MOMMY CAMP 2015

Week of June 22nd-June 26th

Friends Meeting House in Chauncey

For a third year in a row we have received generous funding from the Athens Foundation, as well as the Quidel Cares Fund, to hold our Prepared Mommy Camp! This week-long Camp for pregnant teens is one of our most important programs. At Camp the participants will learn about and discuss such topics as healthy pregnancy, labor and birth, infant care, positive parenting and looking toward the future, all the while forming bonds of support with each other. You can be a part of it by volunteering your time to help out during the week of Camp, providing transportation or donating new or gently used mama and baby-related items or gift cards. We are looking for more participants so if you know of someone who would benefit from this experience, please email athensbirthcircle@gmail.com, phone 740-517-8441, or they can fill out our online form at Prepared Mommy Camp 2015 Sign-Up Form.

Thanks for your help and support of this transformative program!

For more information, go to our Prepared Mommy Camp page.