March 2017 News & Events

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Good Afternoon Everyone,

We are pleased to announce that the 9th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair is coming up on April 29th! The Fair will be held in a new location (see below) and more information about sponsoring, vending and hosting a program will be available soon, so mark your calendars now!
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262

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ONE HAND, NO SLEEP, NO TIME: MEALS FOR BUSY PARENTS
Wednesday March 29th
7pm to 8:30pm
Athens Public Library

Join the experts from Live Healthy Appalachia as they share ways in which busy parents old and new can prepare healthy and easy snacks, make “meals that aren’t quite meals” (smoothies, etc.) and create “autopilot” meals (think slow cooker meals) to help their families eat well and have more time together. They will also be demonstrating some of their food suggestions. Bring your questions and plan to join us later this month for a great meeting!

*****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.

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YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP
Wednesday March 22nd
4:30-6pm
Nelsonville Public Library–95 W. Washington St., Nelsonville

Are you a young mom who would like to spend some time learning and socializing with other young moms and their children? Well this is the group for you! Come join us for a fun time learning, sharing and playing. 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. We’ll even have a craft to do and some food to eat! We can’t wait to see you!

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PLAY GROUP TO RETURN LATER IN MARCH!!
Everyone needs a little play time and socialization, so why not join us in March to bid farewell to winter and welcome spring? All ages welcome for some fun, conversation and camaraderie. Stay tuned for details about location and time, and we’ll see you there!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE 9TH ANNUAL PREGNANCY & BABY FAIR
Saturday April 29th, 2017
Athens Community Center at 701 East State Street
10am to 2pm

We are so excited for another great year of the Pregnancy & Baby Fair! Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information on how to sponsor, sign up to be a vendor, host a program, etc. Please note that the Fair will be at the Athens Community Center this year. We look forward to showcasing the incredible birth and family-related resources and programming that we have in our community! Please go to our Pregnancy & Baby Fair page for up-to-date details.

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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.

 

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, 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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MARCH LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, March 2nd
6:30pm
Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave., Athens

Join us tonight and learn about PTSD as it relates to your loss. Dawn Graham, PhD, will share what she has studied about surviving trauma and living with PTSD.
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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February 2017 News & Events

Swiss Mix

Good Morning Everyone,
What a wonderful month we have ahead of us and it all starts this evening with the Loss Support Group. There are several event announcements and program reminders below, so please read on for more details about what’s happening with The Birth Circle this month! We’ll see you soon!

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

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LABOR PREPARATION FOR MOM & PARTNER
Wednesday February 22nd
7pm to 8:30pm
Athens Public Library

This evening join local birth experts including doulas, midwives and childbirth educators to learn more about what you can do to prepare your mind, body and spirit for the upcoming arrival of your baby. We’ll discuss everything from movement and positions to use, visualization techniques and creating birth preferences, as well as ways in which partners can prepare. We will also have time for questions, so plan to join us later this month for a great meeting!

*****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.


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YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP
Tuesday February 21st
4:30-6pm
Glouster Public Library–28 Toledo St. (SR 78)
Are you a young mom who would like to spend some time socializing with other young moms and their children? Well this is the group for you! 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!
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PLAY GROUP TO RETURN IN MARCH!!
Everyone needs a little play time and socialization, so why not join us in March to bid farewell to winter and welcome spring?  All ages welcome for some fun, conversation and camaraderie.  Stay tuned for details about location and time, and we’ll see you there! If you are interested in helping us coordinate our playgroup, contact Amy Kovach amykovach@hotmail.com & Carolyn Hain carolynhain@gmail.com.
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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 sign up with our online forms below.

Click here if you would like to sign up online to receive meals.

You can also fill out this online form if you would like to sign up to prepare a meal for a family!



We would like to give a big shout-out to Jessica and Jason from Fluff Bakery who donated Fluff Bakery Gift Certificates for our Meals For Families program!!!  We are so grateful for their generosity and cannot wait to share these with families in our community!

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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–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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FEBRUARY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, February 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.

 

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January & February News

Robin

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!

What a month this has been and here we are nearing the end of January so soon! Tomorrow we hope you will join us for our regular monthly meeting at the Athens Public Library where a panel of experts will be joining us to share their breastfeeding knowledge and answer your questions. This is a great opportunity to meet our local breastfeeding gurus and share your own challenges and successes. We hope to see you there!

Don’t forget to take The Birth Circle’s short Impact Survey to share your thoughts on how we’ve been doing and how we can grow to serve our community better. We are here for you and would love to hear from you, so follow the link below to let us know how what we’re doing right and how we can improve. Thank you!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-767-3348

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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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FEBRUARY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, February 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.

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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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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. . . 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!!

 

January 2017 News & Events

Delicate Firs
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!!
Delicate Firs

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November 2016
 
Hello there,
 
We at The Birth Circle have been up to great things again this year!  Have you joined us for a monthly meeting or two, or attended one of our support groups?  Have we seen you at our play group gatherings, or have you and your family celebrated with us at one of our family-friendly events?  If so, THANK YOU!! You have helped make 2016 wonderful!
 
If we haven’t seen you in a while,  perhaps you’ve been wondering, “What has The Birth Circle done for me lately?”  If your family has grown older and you are no longer pregnant or running after a toddler, perhaps not much.   Even though The Birth Circle may not be as relevant in your life as it once was, there are many young families whose lives it currently touches as they journey through their formative years as parents.  The Birth Circle continues to provide a community of support that understands the struggles and victories of pregnancy and early parenthood.
 
What DID The Birth Circle do for you in your early parenthood?  Perhaps a lot, especially if you were new to the area and your support network lived far away, or if you simply needed to connect with other parents or specific resources in our community.  Whatever it was that brought you to The Birth Circle, we are glad it did, and you can rest assured that we are still doing our best to meet the needs of area families, as we did for you!
 
If you are currently expecting a child, experiencing the wonders of the first year with your infant, or exploring the world with your toddler or preschooler, you know firsthand that The Birth Circle continues to serve people in early parenthood through our…
 
  • Monthly Meetings—where we provide education and a direct connection to local resources
  • Play Group—where parents and kids meet, play and socialize each month
  • Loss Support Group—where families can find a safe and comforting place to grieve
  • Prepared Mommy Camp—where young moms-to-be find support and relevant resources
  • Young Mom Support Group—where bonds of friendship are fostered through learning and play
  • Meals-For-Moms (& Families)—where community members support fellow families in need with gifts of food
  • Pregnancy & Baby Fair—where families find a hub of fun programming and local resources
  • Annual Family Reunion Picnic—where kids and parents play, socialize and eat together
  • Yard Sale—where families go to find essential items for their growing families at great prices
  • Loss Ceremony—where people connect to remember and honor the children they’ve lost too soon
  • JIVE!—where families, young and old, come to celebrate and welcome the New Year together
 
The Birth Circle has always been a hub of local and regional resources, connecting families and experts in so many ways, AND ALL FOR FREE!  We are proud of the relationships we have created and sustained around the region, and we continue to work hard to widen the circle of support available to young families.  One way we can do this is to gather your input.  We would love to know more about your story and how we played a part!
 
We invite you to tell us what The Birth Circle has done for you in the past and present, and what you would like to see in future.  You can share your thoughts with us by participating in our ONLINE SURVEYWhether you are a new family currently active in The Birth Circle, or a family who has felt the support of The Birth Circle in the past, you know that our remarkable programs and events can make all the difference when it comes to the challenges and successes of parenthood.
 
As the year moves to a close, we hope that you will take a moment and reflect on what The Birth Circle has meant to you, your family and your community.  WE CANNOT DO ALL OF THIS VALUABLE WORK WITHOUT YOUR HELP!  One simple yet incredibly important way that you can help support young families on their journey through early parenthood is to make a contribution in support of The Birth Circle today as we continue our mission to educate, support and empower families as they journey through pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period and early childhood. 
Just click on the “Donate” button and follow the link to make your contribution through Pay Pal.
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THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR THE BIRTH CIRCLE AND AREA FAMILIES!
 
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
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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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Birth Circle Picnic & Upcoming Events

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Howdy Everyone!
We hope you’ll join us for a new take on our Annual Birth Circle Family Reunion Picnic this Wednesday, August 31st at Little Fish Brewing Company.  Meet friends old and new, enjoy a tasty beverage, eat delicious food and let the kids play in the lingering summer sunshine.  What better way is there to spend the last Wednesday of August?
On the heels of this monthly gathering follow our Play Group and Loss Support Group.  These two regular monthly meetings offer two unique chances to connect with other families in safe and supportive environments.  Both are free and open to the public.  See below for more information.
We look forward to seeing you this week as we round out the last days of August and look forward to the holiday weekend.  See you soon!
 

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

740-652-6262
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BIRTH CIRCLE “FAMILY REUNION” PICNIC
Wednesday, August 31st
5:30pm
Little Fish Brewing Co., 8675 Armitage Rd.  Athens
In lieu of a regular monthly meeting, each August we gather to celebrate the wonderful community of families old and new with a festive picnic in a kid-friendly location.  This year we are reuniting at Little Fish Brewing Company where the kids and parents can eat, drink and be merry while supporting The Birth Circle.  The folks at Little Fish will offer a drink special and the proceeds will go to The Birth Circle to support our free programs.  We hope that lots of you will join us that evening to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and celebrate summer.  See you there!
KEEP IN MIND:
  • Parking is limited, PLEASE car pool, OR take advantage of the link to the Hock Hocking Adena Bike Path, and bike over with the family
  • Food will be available for purchase or you may bring your own dinner
  • A tent will be set up outside for shade
  • Stay for the Old Time Jam–if you’re musically inclined, bring your instruments too!
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PLAY GROUP
Thursday, September 1st
3 to 5pm
Athens Public Library, 30 Home St. in Athens
Play time in the Library with fellow parents, grandparents, caregivers and kids is always a nice respite from the late summer heat.  We’ll see you there for a great start to the holiday weekend!
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LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, September 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.
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UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Paw Paw Festival Breastfeeding Diaper Changing Tent–September 16th-18th
  •  Donations of snacks, bottled water, diapers wipes needed
  •  Volunteers needed to check in and restock items including snack as needed
  •  Contact Rachel Szostek for more information: szostekrachel@gmail.com

Thank You!

 

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Good Evening,
 
I am so excited to let you know that the 12th Annual Birth Circle & La Leche League Yard Sale was a GRAND SUCCESS!  On behalf of both organizations I would like to thank all of those families who donated items to our sale.  Thanks to you, we had a wonderful and varied selection of baby and mama-related items, as well as fun things for the rest of the family.  We sincerely appreciate your contributions!
 
We were so happy to see all the folks who came out to the sale on Friday and Saturday as well!  Your purchases this weekend also greatly helped to support two valuable community organizations, and we thank you for your contributions!
 
Lastly, this fun, annual fundraiser depends tremendously on our volunteers, and we are so grateful for all of the time and effort that these amazing people contributed to this event!  Spearheading this effort were The Birth Circle’s Board President and Vice President respectively, Amy Kovach and Carolyn Hain, as well as La Leche League Leaders Sherri Beigeleisen and Cassie Meek.  Their superb organization and coordination made for an exceptionally successful event, and we are truly thankful!
 
Enjoy your evening, and thanks again for your support!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
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August 2016 News & Events

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 *** There will be no meeting at the Athens Library in August. Instead we will have our annual family picnic. See below for details! ***

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Hello Everyone!

What a great month we have ahead of us with so many fantastic events going on!!! It is a month of play, support, two rockin’ Yard Sales, and to round things out, a super-fun Family Reunion Picnic at Little Fish Brewing Company. Sure, some of the kids are heading back to school, but we can all take a moment to rejoice in the season and reconnect with friends at one or more of these fun events. We hope you will join us for all of them, and you can find more details below for each one. Also don’t forget…this month is National Breastfeeding Month–yipee! See you soon!

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

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TWO GREAT YARD SALES IN ONE DAY…

12th ANNUAL BIRTH CIRCLE & LA LECHE LEAGUE YARD SALE!!!

Friday, August 26th–Noon to 5pm
Saturday, August 27th–8am to 2pm
East State Street Shelter–East State Street near the Athens Community Pool

For a twelfth year in a row the Birth Circle and La Leche League are hosting a fundraising Yard Sale to round out the summer. If you need baby and mama-related items, books, and other family goodies, this is the place to shop! Come check out the wares and support two incredible community organizations at the same time. We can’t wait to see you there!
Donations of baby gear, clothing, maternity wear, toys and other related items are gladly accepted. Please drop off at 102 Sunnyside Drive. For more information, check out our Facebook event page.  Thanks!!

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THE OHIO VALLEY MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY YARD SALE
Saturday, August 27th–8am to 2pm, rain or shine (no early sales please!)
67 Columbus Rd., near the Athens Fire Department

Once you’re finished shopping at the Birth Circle & LLL Yard Sale, head on down the road to the new location of the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery for more yard sale fun! They will have food and kids’ activities, and your purchases will help support their programming as well!
Donations will be accepted August 15th from 1-4pm and the 23rd from 5-8pm. Contact Liz for more information–liz@ovmod.org

Ohio Valley Museum of Discover Yard Sale

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BIRTH CIRCLE “FAMILY REUNION” PICNIC
Wednesday, August 31st
5:30pm
Little Fish Brewing Co., 8675 Armitage Rd., Athens

In lieu of a regular monthly meeting, each August we gather to celebrate the wonderful community of families old and new with a festive picnic in a kid-friendly location. This year we are reuniting at Little Fish Brewing Company where the kids and parents can eat, drink and be merry while supporting The Birth Circle. The folks at Little Fish will offer a drink special and the proceeds will go to The Birth Circle to support our free programs. Bring a picnic dinner for your family or grab some food from the Cajun Clucker food truck. We hope that lots of you will join us that evening to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and celebrate summer. See you there!

2016 Family Picnic flyer

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UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Prepare a meal for a family with a new baby! We have several families with new babies who would love to receive meals now and later this summer! Our Meals for Moms program is one of the Birth Circle’s greatest success stories. Postpartum families who would like to have help in the form of meals may sign up with us sometime during their pregnancy. After the baby arrives, the family notifies the Meals for Moms coordinator, who then organizes the meals. Meals are prepared and delivered by Birth Circle volunteers like YOU. If you are interested cooking a meal, please click here to fill out our online form or contact coordinator Ariel Carver, arielrose.carver@gmail.com.

 

  • Nelsonville Library’s Breastfeeding Diaper Changing Respite at the Parade of the Hills–Wednesday August 17th and Thursday August 18th, anytime between 1-5pm
    Volunteers needed to “woman” and “man” this oasis for parents & caregivers.
    Contact The Birth Circle at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.

 

  • Annual Birth Circle La Leche League Yard Sale–August 26th 27th
    Donations of mama and baby-related items needed. Drop off at 102 Sunnyside, Athens!
    Volunteers needed beforehand for sorting, pricing and set-up
    Volunteers needed each day of the sale for various tasks
    Contact Carolyn Hain to sign up, carolynhain@gmail.com, or check out the event on Facebook.

 

  • Paw Paw Festival Breastfeeding Diaper Changing Tent–September 16th-18th
    Donations of snacks, bottled water, diapers wipes needed
    Volunteers needed to check in and restock items including snacks as needed
    Contact Rachel Szostek for more information: szostekrachel@gmail.com

volunteer-hands

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AUGUST PLAY GROUP
Thursday, August 4th
3 to 5 pm
Athens Public Library, Kids’ Section

Beat the heat and join us for our August Play Group. We always enjoy seeing kids of all ages and their parents or caregivers and we hope we’ll see you there!

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AUGUST LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, August 4th
6:30 to 8pm
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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THE BIG LATCH ON!
Friday, August 5th
10am (Please arrive promptly if you plan to participate)
Richland Avenue Park, Athens

Please join Athens La Leche League in celebrating World Breastfeeding Month by participating in or supporting this great event!! Join others this Friday at the Richland Avenue Park & Playground for the big countdown at 10:30am. Free food is available and lots of fun. Registration begins at 9:30am. For more information check out Athens LLL Facebook page and
www.biglatchon.org.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

 

Cookout