Hello Everyone!

For a third year in a row we have received generous funding from the Athens Foundation to hold our Prepared Mommy Camp!  This week-long Camp for pregnant teens is one of our most important programs, and will take place this year the week of June 22nd- June 26th.  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.  Throughout the week the young moms-to-be receive free lunch and transportation if needed, and they leave each day with gifts and supplies for themselves and baby donated by the community.  It is an incredible week indeed!

In order to make this Camp a success, we need your help.  We are looking for volunteers to:

  •     provide transportation
  •     provide snacks (one snack per day)
  •     assist our kitchen coordinator
  •     help clean up after Camp on Friday June 26th
  •     pick up and deliver lunch from our lunch sponsors (one person needed per day)


We are also looking for donations of baby and mommy-related items and supplies as well as gift cards that will go directly to the participants.  These items should be new or very gently used and in excellent condition.  Any help you are able to provide is very much appreciated!  If you have any questions about the Prepared Mommy Camp please feel free to contact me either by phone or email.  For those who might be interested in participating or helping us spread the word, click here to view or print this year’s flyer.  We look forward to another great Prepared Mommy Camp thanks to people like you!


Claudia Bashaw

Executive Director, The Birth Circle


740-517-8441–Prepared Mommy Camp

Print or view flyer

For more information, visit our Prepared Mommy Camp page.


Liz Pahl, representative from the Athens Foundation with Birth Circle director, Claudia Bashaw.
Liz Pahl, representative from the Athens Foundation with Birth Circle director, Claudia Bashaw.

Prepared Mommy Camp Flyer 2015




Our 7th Annual Pregnancy and Baby Fair was a huge success!  The Birth Circle would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors and vendors for their contributions in making this community event such a success.  We couldn’t do this without all of you and we are so grateful for your participation.  We would also like to express our gratitude to our Fair Coordinator Laura (Post) Lindner who, with her team of volunteers, put together another a really wonderful Birth Circle event with great programming!  Thank you all!!!

Athens Mini Maestros, Gift certificate to Real World Organizing, Nature’s Magic basket, Cotton Bibs and washcloths by Always Handmade- Always Keely Hultz, Photography session by Blooming Lotus Photography, Local soap gift basket by Better Than Organic, 3 Prenatal/Postnatal yoga passes with Holistic Birth, Gift Certificate to Cradled in Joy birth services, Gift Certificate for Initials, Inc/ Jennifer Anne Jorrey, Younique gift basket, Crocheted baby hats, Set of colorful tupperware stacking cups from Andrea, Week of summer camp Rising Appalachian Warriors (RAW), Copy of the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Athens La Leche League, Massage with Jennifer Cochran, Licensed Massage Therapist, 1/2 Hour Massage with Jen Jones, 2 yoga classes at Inhale Yoga Studio, Services from Attractions, Breastfeeding consultation with Ebb & Flow, One year membership to WellWorks, One week of summer camp with, One week of Girls Nature camp with The Blue Green Education Center



We have been busy focusing on the Fair, so we’ll see you in June for the next monthly meeting!





It’s time to re-enroll for the new year of Kroger Community Rewards. When you are enrolled, Kroger donates a portion of every purchase you make to the Athens Birth Circle. You need to re-enroll in the month of April in order to continue contributing. We hope you will take a few minutes to re-enroll or enroll if you haven’t already. Thank you for continuing to support our programs and events!

Follow the link below, click “sign-in,” and enter the email address and password you used to enroll your card. Then, enter the Athens Birth Circle’s group number, #84787, choose the Athens Birth Circle, and click “enroll.”



Friday, April 24th, 2015


At The Plains Library

The Plains Library is offering a free series of prenatal yoga classes each Friday, beginning March 27 thru April 24 at 11:00am. This will be a series of 5 classes presented by Kristen Wade E-RYT200, who has specialized training in prenatal and children’s yoga. As well as yoga, there will be handouts of songs and rhymes each week provided by Children’s Librarian, Betty Ranck. If you have preschool age children they are invited to attend and take part in activities provided by Betty during the class. This is a wonderful opportunity to relax for an hour each week and meet other young mothers. Learn how you can enrich the lives of your children by sharing books and how the library can help.

Following this series there will be a special luncheon for parents to learn about Early Literacy. There will be free books for all attendees. The Early Literacy Luncheon will take place May 1 @ 11:00.



Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

From 7:00 to 8:30pm

At the Athens Public Library, 30 Home Street, Athens

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.

A big thanks to our April Monthly Meeting Sponsor:  The Buckeye Trail Association

The BTA and our local Little Cities of the Forest Chapter would like to invite you and your family to challenge yourselves to your first camp out!  We’ve organized everything for you to help introduce you to hiking and backpacking.  Our 6th Annual Emma ‘Grandma’ Gatewood Solstice (EGGS) Hike + Campout is based out of the Burr Oak State Park Group Camp at Dock #3 from June 18-21.  You’re invited to join us Saturday June 20th for a full day of family friendly activities including a birding hike, introduction to kayaking, firefly citizen science, astronomy and campfire.  If a member of your family would like to challenge them self on the EGGS Hike – a 20/40/60/80 mile hike in 12/24/36/48 hours around Burr Oak Lake and Wildcat Hollow, be our guest!  Otherwise all activities are free and optional with plenty of down time to set up camp and try your cooking skills.  There is a small requested donation of $5/tent/night for camping.

Check out our website and facebook page  Contact EGGS Hike Organizer Byron Guy with further questions.

April 2015 Flyer