February 2016 News & Events

Big Heart

Hello Everyone and Happy February!

In this season of love and appreciation for one another, we set our sights on snuggling in with those that we care about. Our monthly meeting on Baby & Child Wearing fits the bill as we call on local community experts (i.e. veteran moms and dads) to show us the ropes and share the reasons why “wearing baby” can work for you and your family. We hope that you will join us for this enlightening meeting.  In the meantime, we would love to see you and your family at our monthly Playgroup for some socializing and fun.

This evening is our monthly Loss Support Group meeting as well, and we hope that you will join us and share your loving thoughts and experiences of the little ones in our community whose lives were all too brief.

If you would like to support the Birth Circle’s various programs and groups, including our Loss Resources, you can do so in several ways. You can learn more about these opportunities by following this link or by clicking on the “Support the Birth Circle” tab on our website.  We sincerely appreciate your contributions and generosity!

Have a wonderful week and we hope to see you all soon!

Warmly,

Claudia Bashaw

Executive Director, The Birth Circle

www.athensbirthcircle.com

740-652-6262

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BABY AND CHILD WEARING

Wednesday, February 24th

from 7:00 to 8:30pm

at the Athens Library

We’re bringing in the experts to cover the uses of a wide variety of slings and baby carriers for this month’s meeting.  Experienced moms and dads who have learned the ins and outs of “wearing” their children will discuss the benefits and difficulties of using various carriers from birth through toddlerhood and beyond. Bring your questions and children and we’ll supply the carriers and experts!

Monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Children welcome to attend.

Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by

the Athens County Public Library

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TEEN & YOUNG MOM SUPPORT GROUP

Thursday, February 18th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Athens Community Church

219 Columbus Rd, # A, Athens, Ohio 45701

Let’s create Valentine’s Day cards together! Bring your little one and make some beautiful pieces of art to share and enjoy during this month of love. Lunch will be provided and transportation is available by contacting athensbirthcircle@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!!

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FEBRUARY PLAY GROUP

Thursday, February 4th

3-5pm

Athens Library Children’s Section

Winter has arrived and we all need a reason to get out of the house, so come join us for two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month. All ages are welcome, and we hope to see you there!

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FEBRUARY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

Thursday, February 4th

6:30-8pm

Central Avenue Church–73 Central Ave. in 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 the 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. Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can provide enough supervision.

Big Heart

January Meeting Resources 2016

We had a wonderful monthly meeting last night with Dr. Sharon Carver, developmental psychologist and director of Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School. Here are the books she recommended. Thank you, Dr. Carver!

  • The Blessing of a Skinned Knee (Wendy Mogel)
  • Positive Discipline (Jane Nelson)
    • Positive Discipline for Preschoolers
  • Mind in the Making: Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs (Ellen Galinsky)

 

Click the link below to view the slides from Dr. Carver’s presentation!

Toddler Years Power Point Jan 2016

 

January Meeting & February 2016 News

Delicate Firs
Good Morning,
 
We are excited about our next monthly meeting which is this Wednesday at the Athens Library.  As many of you may know, sometimes the toddler years can seem like a roller coaster of joy and challenges, but our presenter has some tips to help make that time fruitful for the whole family.  Please see below for details and we hope you will join us to learn more!
 
Also below you will find information about our next Play Group, Loss Support Group and an opportunity for those of you who are pregnant from the College of Osteopathic Medicine.  See you soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
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GROWING TOGETHER THROUGH THE TODDLER YEARS
Wednesday, January 27th
7:00 to 8:30pm at the Athens Public Library
Join us for an interactive dialogue about positive, proactive parenting with Dr. Sharon Carver, a developmental psychologist who directs the Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School (http://www.psy.cmu.edu/cs/).  She will share practical strategies for supporting young children’s development so that the whole family can thrive. There will also be time for questions about whatever challenges of parenting young children you may be facing.
All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by
the Athens County Public Library
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FEBRUARY PLAY GROUP
Thursday, February 4th
3-5pm
Athens Library Children’s Section
Winter has arrived and we all need a reason to get out of the house, so come join us for two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month.  All ages are welcome ,and we hope to see you there!
 
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FEBRUARY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
Thursday, February 4th
6:30-8pm
Central Avenue Church–73 Central Ave. in 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 the 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.  Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can provide enough supervision.
PREGNANT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATION LAB
The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is looking for pregnant women to participate in an Osteopathic medical student manipulation lab where students will use gentle hands-on treatments designed to help relieve aches and pains.  The lab takes place on Wednesday February 17, 2016, from 12:30 to 5pm and compensation is provided.  To register or for further information, please contact Alexis Sawyer:  as663715@ohio.edu or 740-593-1242
 
Delicate Firs

January 2016 Monthly Meeting

GROWING TOGETHER THROUGH THE TODDLER YEARS

Wednesday, January 27th

7:00 to 8:30pm at the Athens Public Library, large meeting room

All our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Children welcome.

Join us for an interactive dialogue about positive, proactive parenting with Dr. Sharon Carver, a developmental psychologist who directs the Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School (http://www.psy.cmu.edu/cs/). She will share practical strategies for supporting young children’s development so that the whole family can thrive. There will also be time for questions about whatever challenges of parenting young children you may be facing.

All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by the Athens County Public Libraries.

January 2016 Flyer

November Meeting 2015

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:  WHAT CAN YOUR FAMILY DO?

Tuesday, November 24th

7:00 to 8:30pm

At the Athens Library

Please note that this meeting is on a different day of the week.

Have you ever wondered what you can do in advance to prepare for the next power outage or ice storm?  As we move into the season of inclement weather, join us for an informative discussion led by Linda Solt of the American Red Cross of Southeastern Ohio. She will share her presentation on preparing an emergency/disaster kit for each person in your family, even your pets. There will also be time for questions and discussion about all ARC-related topics including childproofing your home, choking, and hands-only CPR.  It will be an evening chock full of good information so bring your pens and notebooks!

 

November 2015 Flyer

 

 

 

October Meeting

For our October meeting, guest speaker, Dr. Randall Longenecker, will discuss birth in Ohio Amish communities. For 30 years, he worked with his Amish patients, as well as lay and direct entry midwives, to create affordable alternatives to the traditional schedule and setting of perinatal care – simplified payment packages, group visits, shared care, home birth backup, low-intervention hospital births, and “educational” ultrasounds. He will share stories and take questions as to how lessons learned might apply in our community. Wednesday, October 28th, 7-8:30 at the Athens Public Library. Children welcome. All our monthly meetings are free and open to the public!

 

October 2015 Flyer

September Meeting

Come learn some tools that can help you to provide comfort and support to families that have experienced loss and leave with a sense of hope and confidence that you too can be there for someone if need be. It is an important topic and we hope you will join us Wednesday, September 30th, 7pm at the Athens Public Library.

 

TRANSITIONING FROM PREGNANCY TO PARENTHOOD: WHAT TO EXPECT POSTPARTUM, JUNE 24TH, 7-8:30PM

Wednesday June 24th

7-8:30pm at the Athens Public Library

Join us as we discuss ways to make your transition to parenthood smoother. Our local Postpartum Doulas will lead the evening’s meeting sharing pointers, realistic timelines for different types of childbirth recovery, needs to plan for and so much more. This will be a great meeting for expectant moms AND partners, so bring your questions!

June 2015 Flyer