January 2017 News & Events

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
As usual we are excited to start another great year here in our community!  We have a marvelous month ahead of us, starting tomorrow with the Loss Support Group meeting and later on the 25th with our regular monthly meeting, “Breast Feeding 101”, where we’ll have local breastfeeding experts and resources on-hand to answer your questions.  Our Play Group will return in February.  We hope to see you sometime very soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
 
JIVE! 2016 WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!
A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of our volunteers, including our dedicated board members, and to all of you who were able to join us this New Year’s Eve at JIVE! 
 
A big shout-out goes to these fine folks and businesses who supported our JIVE! event with sponsorships and donations.  Show them some love this New Year by supporting them when you can:
ELITE SPONSORS
OTHER SPONSORS
& RAFFLE PRIZE DONORS

 

We had a spectacular evening and we wish all of you in our Birth Circle community a Happy 2017!

***UPCOMING JANUARY EVENTS***

 

 
JANUARY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, January 5th
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.
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PLAY GROUP TO RETURN IN FEBRUARY
Everyone needs a little play time and socialization, so why not join us next month?  All ages welcome for some fun, conversation and camaraderie.  Stay tuned for details and we’ll see you there!
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BREASTFEEDING 101
Wednesday January 25th
7pm to 8:30pm
Athens Public Library
 
This evening we will discuss all things breast feeding with local experts from WIC, La Leche League, O’Bleness Hospital and Ebb & Flow Lactation Services.  Come learn more about the benefits (to mom and baby), good positioning and latch, as well as other common challenges and solutions.  We will also have time for questions, so plan to join us later this month!
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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 which is now available on our website, 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!!
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November Meeting Resources

Thank you to our guests last night for a fun and informative meeting!

Angel Thomas, Alison Barnett & Natalie Metzger can all be reached via:

Ohio Health O’Bleness Health Systems

75 Hospital Drive

Suite 160 (Castrop Center)

Work Phone: 740-566-4570

Work Fax: 740-592-9274

Resources recommended for more information on postpartum physical recovery:

  • Internet DVD programs such as MUTU or Tupler
  • www.thetummyteam
  • Books by Katy Bowman, Diastasis Recti: The Whole Body Solution
  • Books/Blogs by Julie Wieibe
  • Book: Baby Bod by Marianne Ryan

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We need your feedback to make The Birth Circle the best it can be! Click here to fill out an our 2016 Impact Survey.

November Monthly Meeting

OUR POSTPARTUM BODIES:  PELVIC FLOOR & ABDOMINAL RECOVERY AFTER CHILDBIRTH
Wednesday, November 30th
***this meeting falls during the week AFTER Thanksgiving***
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Public Library

Our bodies work hard during pregnancy and childbirth, and sometimes there’s more to recover from than we were expecting.  Join physical therapists Angel Thomas, PT, OCS and Allison Barnett, PT of OhioHealth to learn more about common postpartum diagnoses such as pelvic pain, incontinence and diastasis recti.  They will also share helpful tips to manage these including some exercises to help you recover.  Bring your questions and experiences to share!
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Birth Circle monthly meetings are free and open to the public.
Children welcome to attend.
Co-sponsored by the Athens County Public Libraries.
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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!
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November News 2016

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Good Morning Everyone!
 
Here we are…November, a month full of excitement and gratitude.  In keeping with those themes, The Birth Circle is offering a month of really great events, including our monthly meeting about postpartum recovery.  See below for more details about this meeting, as well as information about our Play Group and Loss Support Group.  Also below you will find information on volunteering for JIVE!  This fabulous family-friendly event is on the horizon and we’re excited for another fun evening of celebration!
The season of giving is upon us and we would love to have your help.  Every few years we put out an Impact Survey which helps us gauge your wants and needs, and helps us stay relevant in our community.  We would love to hear from you, so please consider taking this short survey by following the link provided below.
 
In the spirit of the season, we hope that you will consider donating to The Birth Circle.  Your support helps us offer important programming and resources to families in our community, for free.  It’s easy to donate and since we’re a charitable non-profit, your support is tax-deductible–it’s a win for both of us!  You can mail in your donation (see address below) or you can follow this link for a safe and secure way to donate online.  We are incredibly thankful for your support!
 
We hope you have a wonderful November and we look forward to seeing you at one of our events this month.  Thank you!!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
PO Box 665  Athens, OH  45701
740-652-6262 
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NOVEMBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, November 3rd
3:30-5:00pm
At the Athens Library’s Kids’ Section
Everyone needs a little play time and socialization, so why not join us this Thursday at the Library for just that?  All ages welcome for some fun, conversation and camaraderie.  We’ll see you there!
 
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NOVEMBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, November 3rd
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.
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OUR POSTPARTUM BODIES:  PELVIC FLOOR & ABDOMINAL RECOVERY AFTER CHILDBIRTH
Wednesday, November 30th
***this meeting falls during the week AFTER Thanksgiving***
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Public Library

Our bodies work hard during pregnancy and childbirth, and sometimes there’s more to recover from than we were expecting.  Join physical therapists Angel Thomas, PT, OCS and Allison Barnett, PT of OhioHealth to learn more about common postpartum diagnoses such as pelvic pain, incontinence and diastasis recti.  They will also share helpful tips to manage these including some exercises to help you recover.  Bring your questions and experiences to share!
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****WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!****
 
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 which is now available on our website, 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!!
 
Support from our community is integral to how we get things done here at The Birth Circle.  As the year winds down and the season of giving approaches, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our non-profit organization.  Just follow this link to our support page and click on “Donate” to make a secure donation through PayPal.  Thank you so much for your support!!
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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 athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information.  Thanks!
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October Monthly Meeting & News

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Howdy Everyone,
 
The days have grown shorter and we’re all gearing up for tricks and treats this week. One lovely treat coming your way is The Birth Circle’s monthly meeting on Wednesday! We have a wonderfully informative meeting scheduled and we hope you join us. Many of us are curious about fostering and adoption opportunities in our area, and this month we have one of our local experts from Athens County Children Services coming to share information and answer your questions. If you’ve been through either process, we would love for you to come and share your experiences as well! Please check out the details below and we look forward to seeing you there!
 
Also below, you will find information on how to participate in our Impact Survey, how to donate to The Birth Circle, and how to volunteer for JIVE!  Contact us with any questions.  Thanks for your support!
 
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
www.athensbirthcircle.com
 
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ADOPTION AND FOSTERING OPTIONS IN ATHENS COUNTY
Wednesday, October 26th
7:00-8:30pm Athens Public Library
30 Home St.  Athens, OH
 
This month we welcome Tanja Kuhre, the Athens County Children Services Foster Parent Recruiter/Trainer.  She will speak with us about fostering and adopting in our region.  If you have ever wondered how to become a foster parent, or have questions about adopting children from our area, she is happy to share her knowledge with you, so please plan to join us.  If you are a family who has experience with fostering, and those who have gone through the adoption process, we encouraged you to come and share your journey!  We’ll see you there!
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****EXCITING UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES****
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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 below. 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!!

 
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TO THE BIRTH CIRCLE
Support from our community is integral to how we get things done here at The Birth Circle.  As the year winds down and the season of giving approaches, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our non-profit organization.  Just follow this link to make a secure donation through PayPal and learn about other easy ways to help out. Thank you so much for your support!!
 
JIVE! 2016
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 athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information.  Thanks!
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October News 2016

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Hello Everyone!

We have a lovely month of events ahead of us. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month and we have a special afternoon planned to honor those families who have experienced the loss of a child. All are welcome and please feel free to share the details with others. Please see below for more about our Loss Ceremony, as well as for information about our monthly meeting.

For our October monthly meeting, we are excited to host an evening of learning about adoption and fostering in our area. If you’ve been a foster parent or have adopted children of your own we would love to have you join us and share your experiences.

Happy autumn to you all, and we look forward to seeing you sometime soon!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262

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CEREMONY HONORING PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS
Sunday, October 16th at 3:00pm
Athens Community Center Playground
701 East State St. Athens, OH

The Birth Circle will hold a ceremony at the Athens Community Center’s “Ribbon Tree,” planted near the playground in April of this year as a memorial 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, as well as time to tie a ribbon of your choice on the tree. 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.

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ADOPTION AND FOSTERING OPTIONS IN ATHENS COUNTY
Wednesday, October 26th
7:00-8:30pm Athens Public Library
30 Home St. Athens, OH

This month we welcome Tanja Kuhre, the Athens County Children Services Foster Parent Recruiter/Trainer. She will speak with us about fostering and adopting in our region. If you have ever wondered how to become a foster parent, or have questions about adopting children from our area, she is happy to share her knowledge with you, so please plan to join us. Families who have experience with fostering and those who have gone through the adoption process are encouraged to come and share your journey. We’ll see you there!

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JIVE! 2016
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 Emily Schmaltz for more information. Thanks!

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OCTOBER PLAYGROUP
Thursday, October 6th
3:30-5:00pm
At the Athens Library’s Kids’ Section
Everyone needs a little play time and socialization, so why not join us this Thursday at the Library for just that? All ages welcome for some fun, conversation and camaraderie. We’ll see you there!

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OCTOBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, October 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.

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September/October News 2016

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Hello Everyone,
As we welcome autumn, we invite you to join us this week for our September monthly meeting. It is an important topic that affects many families in our community. You don’t have to have experienced a loss of your own in order to get something out of the evening. Come, share, learn and leave with some resources and tools that can help you support another person through a difficult time. We hope to see you there!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262

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LOCAL LOSS SUPPORT RESOURCES
Wednesday, September 28th
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Library
Stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death are often uncomfortable topics in our culture. This leaves families that experience loss feeling isolated in their grief. From bereavement doulas and counselors, to handmade blankets as well as a network of photographers, come find what resources we have in our community that can offer support and healing to these families. 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 resources, ideas and confidence in your ability to help people who are grieving.

**PARENTS ATTENDING WITH SMALL CHILDREN (NOT INFANTS) PLEASE NOTE**
Due to the sensitivity of the topic, we request that parents please help their young children maintain a quiet, respectful atmosphere for this meeting. Thank you for your understanding.

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OCTOBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, October 6th
3:30-5:00pm
At the Athens Library’s Kids’ Section
Everyone needs a little play time and socialization, so why not join us this Thursday at the Library for just that? All ages welcome for some fun, conversation and camaraderie. We’ll see you there!

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OCTOBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, October 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.

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September Monthly Meeting 2016

Supporting Families Through a Loss

Wednesday, September 28th
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Library


Stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death are often uncomfortable topics in our culture. This leaves families that experience loss feeling isolated in their grief. From bereavement doulas and counselors, to handmade blankets as well as a network of photographers, come find what resources we have in our community that can offer support and healing to these families. 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 resources, ideas and confidence in your ability to help people who are grieving.

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.

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July Meeting Resources 2016

Thanks to Sarah Saxbe for joining us last night for the July meeting! We enjoyed hearing about the Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Teen and Pregnant program and learning more about types of birth control. Click here to view a pdf of their contraceptive options brochure or for more of their resources, go to http://www.ohiobetterbirthoutcomes.org/obbo-resources/.

You may contact Sarah if you have any questions: sarah.saxbe@nationwidechildrens.org

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July 2016 News & Events

Good Morning Everyone!
We have a great month of activities ahead of us here at the Birth Circle! We hope that you will join us for one or all of these wonderful ways to gather and enjoy the season together.  See you soon!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
www.athensbirthcircle.com

740-652-6262

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BIRTH CONTROL BENEFITS & METHODS
Wednesday, July 27th
7 to 8:30pm
Athens Public Library
If you are wondering what your current choices for birth control are, or if you’ve felt overwhelmed by the options available, this is the meeting for you!  Sarah Saxbe, Program Coordinator for Nationwide Childrens’ Teen and Pregnant Program and BC for Teens Program, joins us this month to talk about the different methods available to you, including STD prevention, as well as how to access these birth control options and other related health-care resources in our community.  Come with your questions and experiences to share!
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BIRTH CIRCLE & LA LECHE LEAGUE YARD SALE
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We are looking for donations for our annual yard sale which will take place on Friday, August 26th from noon-5pm and Saturday, August 27th from 8am-2pm at the East State Street Shelter (near the Community Pool). 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!!!
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TEEN & YOUNG MOM SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, July 27th
12 – 2 pm
Wolf Tree Collective, 74 E. State Street, Athens

This group for young moms began as a way to continue support after Prepared Mommy Camp. The group meets once a month. This month’s meeting is a potluck. Bring food to share! Young moms are welcome to attend with their children.

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JULY PLAY GROUP
Thursday, July 7th
3 to 5 pm
Athens Public Library, Kids’ Section
Beat the heat and join us for our July Play Group.  We always enjoy seeing kids of all ages and their parents or caregivers and we hope we’ll see you there next week!
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JULY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP PICNIC
Thursday, July 7th
6:30 to 8pm
South Side Park Playground (Shelter), Richland Avenue in Athens
 *** NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION THIS MONTH****
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.