July News & Events 2017

Willowmarsh
Hello Everyone!
 
What an incredible season summer can be, and we have some lovely programs and events that reflect the wonders that come with this time of year.  For instance you can come and explore Strouds Run with the Young Moms’ Group, join us for our monthly meeting where we’ll discuss the joys and surprises that having a toddler in the house can bring, or sit and talk with others who have experienced the loss of a child in their family, for whom the marvels of the season can often come with mixed emotions.  Whether we see you at one or at all of our July events, we’ll be happy you’re there, so plan on joining us this month.  See you soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
 

YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP:  FAMILY PICNIC DAY!
Saturday July 22nd
Strouds Run State Park Beach
1:30-3pm

The Birth Circle hosts this support group for moms or moms-to-be who would like to spend some time learning and socializing with other young moms and their children. Open to all younger moms old and new, so if you were under 22 year of age when you had your first child, then join us and share your experiences as a young mom.

For our July meeting, bring the whole family to the first annual Young Moms’ Group Picnic This is the perfect time to bring along friends and family who are curious about what the Young Moms’ Group is all about. There will be food, conversation and some playtime in the water. We will supply the sandwich fixings so just bring a dish to share and join us for some weekend fun in the sun. We can’t wait to see you!


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GROWING TOGETHER WITH YOUR TODDLER : A Q&A WITH CHILD DEVELOPMENT EXPERT SHARON CARVER
Wednesday, July 26th
From 7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Public Library
 
Dr. Carver is the Director of the Children’s School at Carnegie Mellon University and she joins us for the evening to share her knowledge of child development and psychology. This meeting’s discussion will focus on (but is not limited to) questions submitted prior to the evening’s gathering. A request for questions will come early next week via email and Facebook, so please participate and let us what you’d like to learn about growing with your toddler. 

 

*****BECOME AN EVENING SPONSOR*****
Want an easy way to get the word out about your business, services, or new program AND support The Birth Circle at the same time?  Well, we’ve got just the opportunity for you!  Don’t delay!  Contact Claudia and Julia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information about how you can sponsor one of our Monthly Meetings in 2017.
 

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 or click here for online sign-up.

JULY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, July 6th
6:30pm
Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave., 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.
 
Willowmarsh

Dr. Shelton’s Recommended Reading

A big thank you to Dr. Penny Shelton and those of you who joined us last evening for our June Monthly Meeting! It was an informative and lovely summer evening gathering. Here are the resources recommended by Dr. Shelton.

Books:

The Art of Positive Parenting by Mickey Tobin

Your Amazing Newborn by Marshall Klaus

The Baby Book by Dr. Sears- Good information on when to call the doctor and infant care for ages 0-2.

Honoring Birth by Chicago-based author Jo Anne Lindberg- The midwife model vs. the medical model of birth. Also see BirthLink website.

Connection Parenting by Pam Leo- Focuses on dealing with conflict in the home with non-violent communication and positive discipline.

 

Articles:

A Time to Wean by Katherine Dettwyler, PhD

Teaching Your Baby to Eat by Dr. Peter Rosi (Check out from our lending library)

Iron Rich Foods by Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Vegetarian Starter Kit– Physicians Committee’s popular introduction to a plant-based diet.

June Monthly Meeting 2017

BABY’S HERE, NOW WHAT?!

THE BASICS OF CARING FOR YOUR CHILD: A Q&A SESSION with FAMILY DOCTOR PENNY SHELTON

Wednesday, June 28th From 7:00 to 8:30pm

At the Athens Public Library

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For our June Meeting coming up on Wednesday we will host a question and answer session with Dr. Penny Shelton, family and primary care physician practicing at Holzer in Athens. Being a new parent can be a daunting experience, and caring for baby can feel overwhelming at times for all caregivers. Bring your questions, and if you are a veteran parent, please come and share your experiences with us.
 
Birth Circle monthly meetings are free and open to the public.
Children welcome to attend.
Co-sponsored by the Athens County Public Libraries.
 
Items from our Lending Library are available for you to check out and take home from Birth Circle meetings. In addition to books and other media, we have baby carriers, birthing balls and other supplies available upon request!
 
*****BECOME AN EVENING SPONSOR*****
Want an easy way to get the word out about your business, services, or new program AND support The Birth Circle at the same time? Well, we’ve got just the opportunity for you! Don’t delay! Contact Claudia and Julia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information about how you can sponsor one of our Monthly Meetings in 2017.

 

June Young Moms’ Group

The June Young Moms’ Group has been rescheduled!

YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP

Monday, June 19th, 12-1:30pm

The Plains Community Park, 65 Connett Rd., The Plains

Let’s have a picnic! Are you a young mom or mom-to-be who would like to spend some time learning and socializing with other young moms and their children? Open to all younger moms old and new, so if you were under 22 year of age when you had your first child, then come join us and share your experiences as a young mom. Come join us for a fun time learning, sharing and playing. We’ll even have a craft to do and some food to eat! We can’t wait to see you!

Kroger Community Rewards

One way you can help us continue to offer our programming and events is to enroll in Kroger Community Rewards program. When you are enrolled, Kroger donates a portion of every purchase you make to the Birth Circle. THERE IS NO COST TO YOU! We hope you will take a few minutes to enroll if you haven’t already. You will need to re-enroll each year to continue your support.

Please go to http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com/,

• Click “create an account”

• Put in your email address and password. Confirm password.

• Enter plus card OR alt ID number

• Go to Community Rewards (near bottom)

• Follow through the steps. (Name, address, etc.)

• Put in the group number or part of the name of the organization.

• Choose “The Birth Circle” or our group number 84787.

• Click Enroll.

If you are re-enrolling for the year, click “sign-in,” and enter the email address and password you used to enroll your Kroger card. Click “enroll.” Then, enter the Birth Circle’s name or group number, #84787, choose the Birth Circle from the list, and click “enroll.”

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June 2017 News & Events

YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP

This meeting was POSTPONED due to the extreme heat. Please check back for a new date and time.

Sunday, June 11th, 1-2:30pm

The Plains Community Park, 65 Connett Rd., The Plains

Let’s have a picnic! Are you a young mom or mom-to-be who would like to spend some time learning and socializing with other young moms and their children? Open to all younger moms old and new, so if you were under 22 year of age when you had your first child, then come join us and share your experiences as a young mom. Come join us for a fun time learning, sharing and playing. We’ll even have a craft to do and some food to eat! We can’t wait to see you!

 

 


BABY’S HERE, NOW WHAT?!

THE BASICS OF CARING FOR YOUR CHILD: A Q&A SESSION with FAMILY DOCTOR PENNY SHELTON

Wednesday, June 28th From 7:00 to 8:30pm

At the Athens Public Library

Being a new parent can be a daunting experience, and caring for baby can feel overwhelming at times for all caregivers. Join us for an evening of discussion with Dr. Penny Shelton, local family doctor. Bring your questions, and if you are a veteran parent, please come and share your experiences with us. See you then!

Birth Circle monthly meetings are free and open to the public.
Children welcome to attend.
Co-sponsored by the Athens County Public Libraries.
 
Items from our Lending Library are available for you to check out and take home from Birth Circle meetings. In addition to books and other media, we have baby carriers, birthing balls and other supplies available for loan!
 
 
*****BECOME AN EVENING SPONSOR*****
Want an easy way to get the word out about your business, services, or new program AND support The Birth Circle at the same time? Well, we’ve got just the opportunity for you! Don’t delay! Contact Claudia and Julia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information about how you can sponsor one of our Monthly Meetings in 2017.

 

 

 

May Meeting 2017

SHARING BIRTH STORIES
Wednesday, May 31st
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. Moms and dads-to-be are welcome as well!

Laughing Moon Midwifery is sponsoring our May meeting!

Laughing Moon Midwifery is founded on keeping birth sacred. Offering motherbaby centered care in Athens, Ohio and surrounding areas. Offering a wide range of services to empower, support, and nourish families along their birth journey. Visit laughingmoonyoniverse.com or email hello@laughingmoonyoniverse .com to learn more.

May Groups and Meetings 2017

YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP

Monday May 22nd

4:30-6pm

Chauncey Park in Chauncey (opposite side of the railroad tracks from RT 13)
Are you a young mom or mom-to-be who would like to spend some time learning and socializing with other young moms and their children? Open to all younger moms old and new, so if you were under 22 year of age when you had your first child, then come join us and share your experiences as a young mom. Come join us for a fun time learning, sharing and playing. We’ll even have a craft to do and some food to eat! We can’t wait to see you!

 


SHARING BIRTH STORIES
Wednesday, May 31st
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.

Laughing Moon Midwifery is sponsoring our May meeting!

Laughing Moon Midwifery is founded on keeping birth sacred. Offering motherbaby centered care in Athens, Ohio and surrounding areas. Offering a wide range of services to empower, support, and nourish families along their birth journey. Visit laughingmoonyoniverse.com or email hello@laughingmoonyoniverse .com to learn more.

 

May 2017 News & Events

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Our May is full of great events for the whole family! We are coming off an incredibly successful Pregnancy & Baby Fair and would like to take a moment to thank all of you for coming out last Saturday to visit with us! We had a great time and hope you did too!
Below you will find information about our programming for May, including our monthly meeting which commemorates the reason The Birth Circle exists in the first place–to share our birth stories. Call or email us with any questions, suggestions for meeting topics, or anything else that you would like to share. We hope you have a marvelous month and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
www.athensbirthcircle.com
740-652-6262

 


Big thanks to our 2017 Pregnancy & Baby Fair sponsors for making our event possible!

          Holzer                                 


YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP

Monday May 22nd

4:30-6pm

Chauncey Park in Chauncey (opposite side of the railroad tracks from RT 13)
Are you a young mom who would like to spend some time learning and socializing with other young moms and their children? Open to all younger moms old and new, so if you were under 22 year of age when you had your first child, then come join us and share your experiences as a young mom. Come join us for a fun time learning, sharing and playing. We’ll even have a craft to do and some food to eat! We can’t wait to see you!


SHARING BIRTH STORIES
Wednesday, May 31st
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.

Laughing Moon Midwifery is sponsoring our May meeting!

Laughing Moon Midwifery is founded on keeping birth sacred. Offering motherbaby centered care in Athens, Ohio and surrounding areas. Offering a wide range of services to empower, support, and nourish families along their birth journey. Visit laughingmoonyoniverse.com or email hello@laughingmoonyoniverse .com to learn more.


MAY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, May 4th
6:30pm
Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave., 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.


PLAY GROUP**
First Thursdays of the month
3:30-5pm
Athens Public Library, Kids’ Section
**WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PLAY GROUP HOST(S) STARTING IN JUNE–email us if you’re interested at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com**

April 2017 News & Events

Plumier

There is no regular monthly meeting in April–we are putting all our efforts into the Pregnancy & Baby Fair!


Hello Everyone and Happy Spring,
 

This month is a big one for The Birth Circle and our community.  It is time for our Annual Pregnancy and Baby Fair!!  Please see below for more details, and check out our Pregnancy & Baby Fair page for up-to-date information on raffle prizes, vendors, programming and sponsors.  We are excited to try out a new location this year, so please plan on joining us on Saturday April 29th at the Athens Community Center for this fun, family-friendly event and a huge thanks to our Fair sponsors. 

Please see below for our other events and group gatherings coming up this month as well.  We hope to see you at one or all of these events this April!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262

 

                 Holzer                                     

 The Birth Circle’s 9th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair

Saturday April 29th, 2017

Athens Community Center at 701 East State Street

10 am to 2 pm

 

The Birth Circle invites you to the Athens Community Center for our FREE spring event, where you can find great family, pregnancy and baby resources. You can talk with healthcare professionals, midwives, doulas, childcare providers, photographers and other local service providers while shopping for local items as well as national brands. We’ll have dozens of vendors with essential goods for the childbearing years, demonstrations, and information about local services. This event has no admission charge and is open to the public. Mark your calendar for a fun-filled day of building community and exploring your local family resources!

For a more detailed schedule and list of vendors and raffle prizes visit our Pregnancy & Baby Fair page!

We would love to have your help with the 2017 Pregnancy & Baby Fair! You can volunteer your time, donate a raffle prize, or decide to be a sponsor for our event. 

For questions and information, please contact us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com. Vendors who have registered, please send your payment by 4/8/2017 to The Birth Circle, PO BOX 665, Athens, Ohio 45701. Make checks payable to The Birth Circle. You can also pay online at by clicking here.

For questions and information about the Pregnancy & Baby Fair, please contact Beverly Osterland at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com.

For a more detailed schedule and list of vendors and raffle prizes visit our Pregnancy & Baby Fair page!


APRIL LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, April 6th
6:30pm
Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave., 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.

 


PLAY GROUP**
First Thursdays of the month
3:30-5pm
Athens Public Library, Kids’ Section
**WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PLAY GROUP HOST(S) STARTING IN MAY/JUNE**

YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP
Thursday April 13th
4:30-6pm
Richland Avenue Park in Athens
Are you a young mom who would like to spend some time learning and socializing with other young moms and their children?  Open to all younger moms old and new, so if you were under 22 year of age when you had your first child, then come join us and share your experiences as a young mom.  Come join us for a fun time learning, sharing and playing.  We’ll even have a craft to do and some food to eat!  We can’t wait to see you!


OUR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS WILL RESUME IN MAY
Wednesday May 31st 
7pm to 8:30pm
Athens Public Library
 
*****BECOME AN EVENING SPONSOR*****
Want an easy way to get the word out about your business, services, or new program AND support The Birth Circle at the same time?  Well, we’ve got just the opportunity for you!  Don’t delay!  Contact Claudia and Julia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information about how you can sponsor one of our Monthly Meetings in 2017.

 
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 or click here for links to our online forms.

 
THE BIRTH CIRCLE’S IMPACT SURVEY
We want to hear from YOU!!!  How does The Birth Circle best serve our community?  How have we played a part in your life?  What is that one topic that you wish we would cover?  What event did you get the most out of?  How can we do better?  Tell us how we’re doing by taking our short survey, just follow this link.  With your help we can increase our relevancy and serve our community in better ways.  Your participation is key and we sincerely appreciate your time and thoughtful feedback.  Thank YOU!!
Plumier