January 2016 Monthly Meeting


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


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.



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



Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

From 7:00 to 8:30pm

At the Athens Public Library, 30 Home Street, Athens

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.

A big thanks to our April Monthly Meeting Sponsor:  The Buckeye Trail Association

The BTA and our local Little Cities of the Forest Chapter would like to invite you and your family to challenge yourselves to your first camp out!  We’ve organized everything for you to help introduce you to hiking and backpacking.  Our 6th Annual Emma ‘Grandma’ Gatewood Solstice (EGGS) Hike + Campout is based out of the Burr Oak State Park Group Camp at Dock #3 from June 18-21.  You’re invited to join us Saturday June 20th for a full day of family friendly activities including a birding hike, introduction to kayaking, firefly citizen science, astronomy and campfire.  If a member of your family would like to challenge them self on the EGGS Hike – a 20/40/60/80 mile hike in 12/24/36/48 hours around Burr Oak Lake and Wildcat Hollow, be our guest!  Otherwise all activities are free and optional with plenty of down time to set up camp and try your cooking skills.  There is a small requested donation of $5/tent/night for camping.

Check out our website http://www.buckeyetrail.org/eggs.php and facebook page www.facebook.com/eggshike.  Contact EGGS Hike Organizer Byron Guy oldmanscave@buckeyetrail.org with further questions.

April 2015 Flyer