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.  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!

 


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. Our online sponsorship form is coming soon!

 



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

September 2017 Monthly Meeting and Events

CREATING ART AS THERAPY FOR PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS
Wednesday September 27th
7-8:30pm
Athens Public Library
In preparation for October, which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we are putting on a unique monthly meeting.  If you have ever experienced the loss of a child, whether it be during pregnancy or after your child was born, or if you are a grandparent or friend of someone who has experienced a loss of this kind, you are welcome to join us for a special evening.  We will diverge from our regular meeting format to provide a supportive space for all to create artwork.  Your experience of loss may be recent or have happened a while ago, either way you are welcome.  There’s no pressure to have any ideas ahead of time or have any experience creating artwork, and you do not have to share your art with others.  This evening is about exploring the healing qualities that creating art can provide us as we grieve.  Lots of different supplies will be provided, so plan to join us for a truly special evening.
 
****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.

 

The Fourth Annual Athens Area Fiber Faire

At the Athens Community Center
701 E. State St, Athens, OH

September 30 & October 1, 2017
Saturday 10:00-5:00
Sunday 12:00-5:00

 

The Birth Circle is excited to be part of this year’s Athens Area Fiber Faire! They have chosen our organization to receive some of the items made at the Faire this year. Please consider volunteering to help us at our booth. Sign up for a volunteer shift by clicking here.

The 4th Annual Athens Area Fiber Faire, housed in the Athens Community Center, will offer a little bit of something for everyone in the fiber world. The event will include vendors selling yarn, roving, patterns, books, supplies and more, all in support of the Fiber Arts of knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, felting and more. Classes are also available in a variety of subjects for all skill levels. Go to https://sites.google.com/site/athensareafiberfaire/home for a full schedule of programming.

September 2017 News & Events

Heirloom
Hello Everyone!
 
As summer fades away and schools are in full swing, we look forward to another month of lovely Birth Circle events.  Our September gatherings are listed below, and if you have any questions about them, please feel free to contact us.
 
Looking ahead to the start of the next season reminds me of the bounty and creativity we have in our community.  Given this, I want to encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas for meeting topics, programs and events with us.  We are always looking for relevant topics to cover and appreciate your input so just email or Facebook message us with your suggestions.
 
We hope you enjoy summer’s end and the beginning of autumn when it arrives, and we hope to see you soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
 

LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, September 7th
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.

CREATING ART AS THERAPY FOR PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS
Wednesday September 27th
7-8:30pm
Athens Public Library
 
In preparation for October, which is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we are putting on a unique monthly meeting.  If you have ever experienced the loss of a child, whether it be during pregnancy or after your child was born, or if you are a grandparent or friend of someone who has experienced a loss of this kind, you are welcome to join us for a special evening.  We will diverge from our regular meeting format to provide a supportive space for all to create artwork.  Your experience of loss may be recent or have happened a while ago, either way you are welcome.  There’s no pressure to have any ideas ahead of time or have any experience creating artwork, and you do not have to share your art with others.  This evening is about exploring the healing qualities that creating art can provide us as we grieve.  Lots of different supplies will be provided, so plan to join us for a truly special evening.
 
****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.
 

PARENTING SHELF
Athens Public Library, Kids’ Section
Now available!!
 
A collaboration between The Birth Circle and Athens County Public Libraries has created the new parenting shelf in the children’s area. We are thrilled this project has become a reality! Now many books from our lending library are available whenever the library is open. Next time you are with your kids at the Athens Library, you can check out books from this new shelf of parenting resources–without leaving the children’s area!

 

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 or click here to sign up online!

July Monthly Meeting 2017

Perhaps you have questions about handling your child’s behavior, building character, choosing media, teaching reading, responding to children’s questions about sensitive topics, etc. Dr. Sharon Carver will be joining us at the Athens Library this Wednesday from 7-8:30 pm. For those of you who submitted questions already, thank you! Questions are also welcome in person the evening of the meeting. We look forward to seeing you!

Growing Together with Your Toddler
Wednesday, July 26th
From 7:00 to 8:30 pm
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. Questions can be submitted in advance by filling out this form.

All our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. We hope you’ll join us!

July Monthly Meeting 2017

For our July meeting, we are focusing on toddler behavior and would like your help! Developmental psychologist, Dr. Sharon Carver is taking questions ahead of time and we want to know what you’d like to learn. Please submit questions via the google form below.

Growing Together with Your Toddler

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.

All our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. We hope you’ll join us!

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 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.