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 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!

Art Therapy for Pregnancy and Infant Loss

 

Come create art with others who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss as a way of healing. If pregnancy loss, your loss can be early or late in pregnancy, recent or a while ago, all are welcome. We are all in the process of healing. We are blessed to have local artist Tina Shoupe on hand to facilitate and guide us as we create. Lots and lots of supplies will be on hand, and even a few ideas in case you are stuck.

Sunday August 27th, 4 PM – 7 PM
Central Venue
29 E Carpenter St, Athens, Ohio 45701

 

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/118983598756052.

Young Moms’ Group–Family Picnic

Young Moms’ Group–Family Picnic
Strouds Run State Park Beach
Sunday, August 13th
1:30-3pm
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We are trying it again! Bring the whole family to this first annual Young Moms’ Group event: Family Picnic Day! 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!
 
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.

August Loss Support Group

Loss Support Group meets tonight. Please note the change of location!
 
Thursday, August 3rd
Athens Community Center Shelter House***
East State Street, Athens
 
This month’s meeting will take place at the Athens Community shelter house and will include time to tie ribbons onto the ribbon tree, planted for families to have as remembrance of the babies who left us too soon. Please bring a ribbon for yourself or to share. Meeting starts at 6 p.m. instead of the usual 6:30 p.m.

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

June Young Moms’ Group

The June Young Moms’ Group has been rescheduled!

YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP

Monday, June 19th, 12-1:30pm

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!

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.

 

 

 

May Groups and Meetings 2017

YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP

Monday May 22nd

4:30-6pm

Chauncey Park in Chauncey (opposite side of the railroad tracks from RT 13)
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!

 


SHARING BIRTH STORIES
Wednesday, May 31st
From 7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Public Library

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.

Laughing Moon Midwifery is sponsoring our May meeting!

Laughing Moon Midwifery is founded on keeping birth sacred. Offering motherbaby centered care in Athens, Ohio and surrounding areas. Offering a wide range of services to empower, support, and nourish families along their birth journey. Visit laughingmoonyoniverse.com or email hello@laughingmoonyoniverse .com to learn more.

 

April 2017 News & Events

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There is no regular monthly meeting in April–we are putting all our efforts into the Pregnancy & Baby Fair!


Hello Everyone and Happy Spring,
 

This month is a big one for The Birth Circle and our community.  It is time for our Annual Pregnancy and Baby Fair!!  Please see below for more details, and check out our Pregnancy & Baby Fair page for up-to-date information on raffle prizes, vendors, programming and sponsors.  We are excited to try out a new location this year, so please plan on joining us on Saturday April 29th at the Athens Community Center for this fun, family-friendly event and a huge thanks to our Fair sponsors. 

Please see below for our other events and group gatherings coming up this month as well.  We hope to see you at one or all of these events this April!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262

 

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 The Birth Circle’s 9th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair

Saturday April 29th, 2017

Athens Community Center at 701 East State Street

10 am to 2 pm

 

The Birth Circle invites you to the Athens Community Center for our FREE spring event, where you can find great family, pregnancy and baby resources. You can talk with healthcare professionals, midwives, doulas, childcare providers, photographers and other local service providers while shopping for local items as well as national brands. We’ll have dozens of vendors with essential goods for the childbearing years, demonstrations, and information about local services. This event has no admission charge and is open to the public. Mark your calendar for a fun-filled day of building community and exploring your local family resources!

For a more detailed schedule and list of vendors and raffle prizes visit our Pregnancy & Baby Fair page!

We would love to have your help with the 2017 Pregnancy & Baby Fair! You can volunteer your time, donate a raffle prize, or decide to be a sponsor for our event. 

For questions and information, please contact us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com. Vendors who have registered, please send your payment by 4/8/2017 to The Birth Circle, PO BOX 665, Athens, Ohio 45701. Make checks payable to The Birth Circle. You can also pay online at by clicking here.

For questions and information about the Pregnancy & Baby Fair, please contact Beverly Osterland at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com.

For a more detailed schedule and list of vendors and raffle prizes visit our Pregnancy & Baby Fair page!


APRIL LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, April 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.

 


PLAY GROUP**
First Thursdays of the month
3:30-5pm
Athens Public Library, Kids’ Section
**WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PLAY GROUP HOST(S) STARTING IN MAY/JUNE**

YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP
Thursday April 13th
4:30-6pm
Richland Avenue Park in Athens
Are you a young mom 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!


OUR REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS WILL RESUME IN MAY
Wednesday May 31st 
7pm to 8:30pm
Athens Public Library
 
*****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 links to our online forms.

 
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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