February 2018 News & Events

Happy February!

We are getting settled into our new routine here at the Birth Circle and hope the new year is treating you all well so far!  We have a lot of exciting events to look forward to in 2018; in addition to our regular monthly events we are in the process of planning our annual Pregnancy and Baby Fair in April and will soon be rolling out our revamped Prepared Mommy Camp generously funded by the Athens Foundation.  As the result of discussion with our community partners and past participants, in 2018 the Camp will consist of a series of monthly workshops rather than one full week and we are looking forward to the new challenge. The Camp is open to pregnant mothers and new mothers under age 23 and seeks to build a community of support as we learn and share experiences about all things pregnancy, birth, and baby.  If you would like more information about or would like to volunteer for either program please contact us!  We are also seeking donations for Camp of unopened packs of diapers (any size) and other new baby items and board books.


Ariel Carver

Executive Director, The Birth Circle

director@athensbirthcircle.com





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!



Monthly Meeting

Wednesday February 28th, 7pm at the Athens Library

Come for a fun exploration of one of the most amazing human organs—the placenta! Join Erica Andrews of Laughing Moon Midwifery as we discuss what the placenta does, how it does it and then take a “tour” of this incredible organ. Erica will also discuss placenta encapsulation and provide a quick overview of the process.  We will also open the floor for folks to share their experiences, ask questions and help provide answers.

Our sponsor for this month’s meeting is the Buckeye Trail Association:  

The Buckeye Trail Association has been the leader in building, maintaining, protecting and promoting Ohio’s 1,400+ mile state trail since 1959.  The BTA is a membership based, volunteer driven, nonprofit organization with our intergalactic headquarters in the historic Village of Shawnee, nestled in the Athens Unit of the Wayne National Forest. The blue blazes of the Buckeye Trail guide hikers from Burr Oak State Park, through the Wayne NF, and through the heart of the Hocking Hills on the Grandma Gatewood Trail on their way around Ohio creating the largest loop trail in the country.  We are encouraging the next generation of young families to become BT hikers, members and volunteers enjoying the outdoors on Ohio’s state trail. Our largest annual event, Buckeye TrailFest, will be at Camp Oty’Okwa in the Hocking Hills this year April 25-29 and we have created a day of family friendly programming on April 28 that we would like to invite the Athens Birth Circle to. Please check out www.buckeyetrailfest.org.  Hope to see you on the Trail!

 

Andrew Bashaw

Executive Director

Buckeye Trail Association

director@buckeyetrail.org


 

The 10th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair

Saturday, April 28th, 10 AM – 2 PM

Athens Community Center

701 E. State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701

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The Birth Circle invites you to an amazing event, where families can meet healthcare professionals, midwives, doulas, childcare providers, photographers and other local service agencies while shopping for local items and national brands. We’ll have dozens of vendors with essential goods for the childbearing years, demonstrations, as well as  information about local services. This event is FREE and open to the public. Mark your calendar for a fun-filled day of building community and exploring your local pregnancy, baby and family resources!

 

We would love to have your help with the 2018 Pregnancy & Baby Fair! You can volunteer your time, donate a raffle prize, or decide to be a sponsor for our event. Click here to fill out our 2018 Online Donation and Sponsorship Form.

 

Vendor registration will be opening soon. Please check back!

For questions and more information, please contact us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or visit our Pregnancy & Baby Fair page.



Loss Support Group


Thursday, March 1st

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.



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.

10th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair

 

The 10th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair

Saturday, April 28th, 10 AM – 2 PM

Athens Community Center

701 E. State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701

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The Birth Circle invites you to an amazing event, where families can meet healthcare professionals, midwives, doulas, childcare providers, photographers and other local service agencies while shopping for local items and national brands. We’ll have dozens of vendors with essential goods for the childbearing years, demonstrations, as well as  information about local services. This event is FREE and open to the public. Mark your calendar for a fun-filled day of building community and exploring your local pregnancy, baby and family resources!

 

We would love to have your help with the 2018 Pregnancy & Baby Fair! You can volunteer your time, donate a raffle prize, or decide to be a sponsor for our event. Click here to fill out our 2018 Online Donation and Sponsorship Form.

 

Vendor registration will be opening soon. Please check back!

For questions and information, please contact us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com.

 

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.

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

JIVE! 2017 SOLD OUT

JIVE! 2017 is completely SOLD OUT. We will not have any tickets available at the door. We appreciate all the support from our Birth Circle family and we wish everyone a safe and happy 2018.

We have limited tickets this year, so get your tickets early! We would love to celebrate the New Year with you and your family. 

JIVE! is the Birth Circle’s family-friendly New Year’s Eve party,

and you and your family are invited!

This annual fundraiser is a fun and festive way

to ring in the new year with the whole family.

Sunday, December 31st from 5:00-8:00 pm

at the Ohio University Inn, downstairs in the Galbreath Room

331 Richland Ave, Athens, Ohio 45701

The ball will drop at 7:00 pm so the whole family can enjoy the celebration.

Dinner by the OU INN – Live Music – Dancing – Local Food & Drink – FUN

SOLD OUT! No tickets available at the door.

Tickets: $20/adult ($25 at the door), $5/children ($10 at the door). Ages 2 & under free.

Dress is casual.

Online ticket sales begin December 1st. See below or click here to visit JIVE at Eventbrite!
Online ticket sales via eventbrite will end December 31st at 2pm. Additional tickets will be available at the door until sold out. 

Now Available:
Want to avoid fees for purchasing tickets online? Tickets are available at The Fluff, located at 8 N. Court St, Athens, OH 45701 through 12/30 at noon.

 

The Birth Circle presents Athens’ only family-friendly New Year’s Eve party! The festivities will run from 5:00-8:00 pm on Sunday, December 31st, and the ball will drop at 7:00 pm so the whole family can enjoy the celebration. Located downstairs at the Ohio University Inn’s Galbreath Room, this year’s JIVE! party will include dinner by the OU Inn, Snowville chocolate milk, desserts from the Fluff and snacks from Shagbark Mill and other area eateries. A cash bar will be available featuring brews by Jackie O’s. Entertainment will include live music, dancing and multiple kids’ activities. Many wonderful prizes donated by local businesses will be raffled. A nursing and diaper change area for babies and their families will be provided. Don’t miss this opportunity to ring in the New Year with other families and support the Birth Circle!

Volunteer:  This event cannot happen without our dedicated volunteers!  Some jobs can be done in advance, others the morning of the event or during the event, and some can even be completed in the comfort of your own home. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please e-mail us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com.

Become a JIVE! sponsor:  We would love for you or your business to become a JIVE! sponsor: You can donate time, food, raffle prizes–or become a sponsor for our event. Fill out our online sponsorship form by clicking on “be a sponsor” to let us know what you’d like to donate!

Fill out our online sponsorship form here!

 

JIVE! 2017 is made possible by support from:

 

 

             

 

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Visit our official JIVE! page to view all the details!

 

JIVE! 2017

Mark Your Calendar!

For the Birth Circle’s annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve party!

Sunday, December 31st from 5:00-8:00 pm

The ball will drop at 7:00 pm so the whole family can enjoy the celebration.

Details to be announced soon!

Volunteer:  This event cannot happen without our dedicated volunteers!  Some jobs can be done in advance, others the morning of the event or during the event, and some can even be completed in the comfort of your own home. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please e-mail us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com.

Become a JIVE! sponsor:  You can donate time, food, raffle prizes–or become a sponsor for our event. Click here or fill out our online sponsorship form below!

For additional details, visit our JIVE! page.

Thank YOU!

Denice Kachenko
Realtor

Email: Denice@myathenshouse.com
Cell: 856-266-8704

         

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November 2017 News & Events

Hello, Everyone!

Wow, here we are in the midst of autumn and the beginning of November!  At this point in the year, I often start looking ahead to the holidays and the end of the year and I am happy to say that The Birth Circle has a lot of community events on the horizon!  Please see below for our November happenings!  

This is also the time of year that we ask you for your support.  To provide the programs and events that we do for our community, we need your help.  Your volunteer hours, donations of goods and services and of course your financial contributions provide us with the means to follow our mission which is 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.  Below you will find information on how to support us by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  We are incredibly thankful for all that you do for The Birth Circle!

We have a bounty of fun to share with you these next few months and we hope to see you soon!

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



Loss Support Group

Thursday, November 2nd
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.


Young Moms’ Group

Date and Time TBD (stay tuned to FB for updates)

This month’s meeting will have a Thanksgiving theme and we invite you all to join us for some food, play and a holiday craft.  It is always time to be thankful, but this month we will share with each other some of the things we appreciate most.  We hope to see you there!



Get Organized and Survive the Holidays

Wednesday November 29th (the week after Thanksgiving)
7-8:30pm
Athens Public Library

Who doesn’t need a little help organizing all the joy that the holidays can bring? Join local Professional Organizer and Productivity Specialist, Aubrei Krummert for an evening of helpful hints and tips on how to survive the holidays. She’ll even share ideas on how to actually enjoy the festive season yourself, and if you
have success stories or questions to share please do! Aubrei lives with her husband, two children and very spoiled cat and works mainly with chronically disorganized people. Please join us for a fun and informative evening!




Yes, I want to support The Birth Circle!

Supporting The Birth Circle is easy!  All you have to do to contribute financially to The Birth Circle and all of our programs and events is to click here, or go to our website and click on the DONATE button at the top left of our home page.  If you prefer to mail in your donation, please send your contribution to:

The Birth Circle
PO Box 665
Athens, OH  45702



JIVE! 2017
Mark your calendars for the evening of Sunday December 31st!  That’s right, JIVE! is just around the corner and we’re excited to announce more details soon, so stay tuned for email and Facebook updates!

In the meantime, if you are interested in helping us organize, we would love to have your help on any of these committees:  Food, Decorations, Kid’s Activities, Posters and Ticket Sales.  Please contact us via email (athensbirthcircle@gmail.com) for more information.  Thanks!

 

 


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.


October Meeting and News


CAR SEAT SAFETY & PARENTING TIPS:  AN EVENING WITH EARLY HEAD START
Wednesday October 25th
7-8:30pm
Athens Public Library

Come find out the latest car seat safety guidelines for your children and pick up some tips on how to engage your little one with play, reading and other fun activities. Ruby Kilkenny 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. She will also be on-hand to share some of the key things you can do to support the physical, social, emotional, mental and language development of your children. Grandparents, friends and caregivers will benefit from this information as well, so bring everyone.

****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.



JIVE! 2017
Jive! is a fantastic event thanks to all of our volunteers, and you could be one of them!  Believe it or not this fun, family New Year’s Eve event is right around the corner.  If you are interested in helping organize, we would love to have your help on any of these committees:  Food, Decorations, Kid’s Activities, Posters and Ticket Sales.  Please contact us via email (athensbirthcircle@gmail.com) for more information or fill out the online form below.  Thanks!

Become a JIVE! sponsor:  You can donate time, food, raffle prizes–or become a sponsor for our event. Fill out our online sponsorship form here!

For additional details, visit our JIVE! page.


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.


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October 2017 News & Events

Willowmarsh

Hello Everyone and Happy Autumn,

We have a very eventful month ahead of us and hope that you will be able to join us for one or all of our programs and meetings.  In addition to these events, we are beginning to plan for our annual JIVE! New Year’s Eve Celebration.  If you would like to volunteer before or during the event, we would love to have your help!  Please see below for how to contact us and find out more.  Have a wonderful October and we’ll see you soon!

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


YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP
Saturday October 14th
Glouster Park Shelter (near the playground with the yellow slides)
12-1:30pm

Meet up for some fun at the Appalachian Color in the Hills Festival! It’s Kids’ Day at the Festival so come for some good fun for everyone.  This will most likely be our last gathering outside, so plan for the weather and come enjoy the autumn with us!




CEREMONY HONORING PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS
Sunday, October 15th at 3:00pm
Sells Park, at the Loss Memorial Bench
Avon Park, Athens, OH

The Birth Circle will hold a ceremony at the Loss Memorial Bench at Sells Park to honor and celebrate the short lives of babies lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or in infancy. This year’s ceremony will include readings and a time of sharing. The event is open to the public, and children are welcome to attend. If parents are unable to attend the ceremony but would like their child’s name or due date spoken, or a particular poem or prayer read, they can contact Claudia or Julia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or 740-652-6262.




CAR SEAT SAFETY & PARENTING TIPS:  AN EVENING WITH EARLY HEAD START
Wednesday October 25th
7-8:30pm
Athens Public Library

Come find out the latest car seat safety guidelines for your children and pick up some tips on how to engage your little one with play, reading and other fun activities. 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. She will also be on-hand to share some of the key things you can do to support the physical, social, emotional, mental and language development of your children. Grandparents, friends and caregivers will benefit from this information as well, so bring everyone.

****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.



JIVE! 2017
Jive! is a fantastic event thanks to all of our volunteers, and you could be one of them!  Believe it or not this fun, family New Year’s Eve event is right around the corner.  If you are interested in helping organize, we would love to have your help on any of these committees:  Food, Decorations, Kid’s Activities, Posters and Ticket Sales.  Please contact us via email (athensbirthcircle@gmail.com) for more information.  Thanks!

Become a JIVE! sponsor:  You can donate time, food, raffle prizes–or become a sponsor for our event. Fill out our online sponsorship form below!



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.

Willowmarsh

JIVE! 2017

Save the Date!

For the Birth Circle’s annual family-friendly New Year’s Eve party!

Sunday, December 31st from 5:00-8:00 pm

The ball will drop at 7:00 pm so the whole family can enjoy the celebration.

Details to be announced soon!

Volunteer:  This event cannot happen without our dedicated volunteers!  Some jobs can be done in advance, others the morning of the event or during the event, and some can even be completed in the comfort of your own home. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please e-mail us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com.

Become a JIVE! sponsor:  You can donate time, food, raffle prizes–or become a sponsor for our event. Fill out our online sponsorship form below!