February 2018 News & Events

Happy February!

We are getting settled into our new routine here at the Birth Circle and hope the new year is treating you all well so far!  We have a lot of exciting events to look forward to in 2018; in addition to our regular monthly events we are in the process of planning our annual Pregnancy and Baby Fair in April and will soon be rolling out our revamped Prepared Mommy Camp generously funded by the Athens Foundation.  As the result of discussion with our community partners and past participants, in 2018 the Camp will consist of a series of monthly workshops rather than one full week and we are looking forward to the new challenge. The Camp is open to pregnant mothers and new mothers under age 23 and seeks to build a community of support as we learn and share experiences about all things pregnancy, birth, and baby.  If you would like more information about or would like to volunteer for either program please contact us!  We are also seeking donations for Camp of unopened packs of diapers (any size) and other new baby items and board books.


Ariel Carver

Executive Director, The Birth Circle

director@athensbirthcircle.com





Young Moms’ Group

Date and Time to be announced, stay tuned on our Facebook page!


We hope to gather later this month for some play and socializing, we hope to see you there!



Monthly Meeting

Wednesday February 28th, 7pm at the Athens Library

Come for a fun exploration of one of the most amazing human organs—the placenta! Join Erica Andrews of Laughing Moon Midwifery as we discuss what the placenta does, how it does it and then take a “tour” of this incredible organ. Erica will also discuss placenta encapsulation and provide a quick overview of the process.  We will also open the floor for folks to share their experiences, ask questions and help provide answers.

Our sponsor for this month’s meeting is the Buckeye Trail Association:  

The Buckeye Trail Association has been the leader in building, maintaining, protecting and promoting Ohio’s 1,400+ mile state trail since 1959.  The BTA is a membership based, volunteer driven, nonprofit organization with our intergalactic headquarters in the historic Village of Shawnee, nestled in the Athens Unit of the Wayne National Forest. The blue blazes of the Buckeye Trail guide hikers from Burr Oak State Park, through the Wayne NF, and through the heart of the Hocking Hills on the Grandma Gatewood Trail on their way around Ohio creating the largest loop trail in the country.  We are encouraging the next generation of young families to become BT hikers, members and volunteers enjoying the outdoors on Ohio’s state trail. Our largest annual event, Buckeye TrailFest, will be at Camp Oty’Okwa in the Hocking Hills this year April 25-29 and we have created a day of family friendly programming on April 28 that we would like to invite the Athens Birth Circle to. Please check out www.buckeyetrailfest.org.  Hope to see you on the Trail!

 

Andrew Bashaw

Executive Director

Buckeye Trail Association

director@buckeyetrail.org


 

The 10th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair

Saturday, April 28th, 10 AM – 2 PM

Athens Community Center

701 E. State Street, Athens, Ohio 45701

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The Birth Circle invites you to an amazing event, where families can meet healthcare professionals, midwives, doulas, childcare providers, photographers and other local service agencies while shopping for local items and national brands. We’ll have dozens of vendors with essential goods for the childbearing years, demonstrations, as well as  information about local services. This event is FREE and open to the public. Mark your calendar for a fun-filled day of building community and exploring your local pregnancy, baby and family resources!

 

We would love to have your help with the 2018 Pregnancy & Baby Fair! You can volunteer your time, donate a raffle prize, or decide to be a sponsor for our event. Click here to fill out our 2018 Online Donation and Sponsorship Form.

 

Vendor registration will be opening soon. Please check back!

For questions and more information, please contact us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or visit our Pregnancy & Baby Fair page.



Loss Support Group


Thursday, March 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.



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.

January Young Moms Group

January Young Moms’ Group
Sunday, January 21st
Noon – 1:30 PM
Athens Community Church
219 Columbus Road, Athens, OH 45701

Hello everyone! For this meeting we will be getting together to chat and do some different winter crafts.

More about the Birth Circle Young Moms’ Group:
Are you a young mom or mom-to-be who would like to spend some time 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, so if you were under 22 years old when you had your first child, then come join us and share your experiences as a young mom. We can’t wait to see you!

January 2018 News & Events

Happy New Year Everyone!

The new year is bringing a new phase for the Birth Circle this year, most notably that this is my first email as the new Director of the Birth Circle. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a stay at home mom to Lucia (4) and Violet (3 months). I moved to a little parcel in Wayne National Forest in 2013 with my partner and tiny bump of a first trimester baby. We have since added various animals, way too many home improvement projects, and two daughters, both born in swift and beautiful home births attended by several of our amazing local midwives and doulas. We chose Athens County in part to be close to family but also because we had heard about the wonderful support of the Birth Circle and the sustainably minded community with good access to fresh local food! I am passionate about empowering women in general, and specifically in the areas of childbirth and rearing, breastfeeding, and owning our reproductive health and mental well-being. I became involved in Birth Circle monthly meetings soon after moving to Athens county while pregnant with Lucia and joined the Board in 2014. I have worked (and so far still serve) as the Meals for Families coordinator for the last two years and have helped with many Birth Circle events and fundraisers over the years. In my spare time I enjoys knitting, sewing, and reading. The Birth Circle was instrumental in supporting my family through the first few years of parenthood and I am excited to further that work in the community.

A huge thank you to Claudia for her years of service to the Birth Circle, and to all who joined us though donations and participating in JIVE! to make our end of the year fundraising a success! Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to continue our programing and outreach efforts to provide a nurturing community for our families. I am looking forward to a fresh beginning in 2018 and beg your patience as I learn how to fill this position that Claudia fulfilled so capably. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you feel that a conversation you started with the Birth Circle in 2017 has fallen through the cracks during the transition!

Ariel Carver

Executive Director, The Birth Circle

www.athensbirthcircle.com

 


JIVE! 2017

Thank you to all who volunteered, attended, donated raffle prizes, played music, and sponsored our annual JIVE! Fundraiser, we could not do the work we do without your support!

THANKS TO OUR JIVE! SPONSORS!!

   

 

 

 

Special thanks to:

Athena Grand

Athens CASA/GAL

Athens Mini Maestros

Avalanche Pizza

Bodhi Tree Guest House

Carmilla Butcher – Matilda Jane Clothing

Casa Nueva

Donkey Coffee

Factory Street Studio

Friendly Paws Pet Supplies

GoBus

Kiser’s

Real World Organizing

Salaam

Shagbark Seed & Mill

Snowville Creamery

Michelle Stobart/Inhale Yoga

White’s Mill


YOUNG MOMS’ GROUP

Date and Time to be announced, stay tuned on our Facebook page!

We hope to gather later this month for some play and socializing, we hope to see you there!

 


 

January Monthly Meeting

Wednesday January 31st, 7:00-8:30 pm at the Athens Library

Jennifer Cain, Tammy Hogsett, and Cathye Williams of Hopewell Health and Help Me Grow will join us to talk about a variety of early childhood topics. Come learn about the early intervention and special education services offered by Help Me Grow as well as a discussion about creating supportive routines and parenting strategies to help toddlers through difficult transitions and emotions.

 


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.

November 2017 Meetings

Young Moms’ Group

November Young Moms’ Group
Monday, November 20
4:30 PM – 6 PM
Glouster Public Library, 20 Toledo St, Glouster, OH 45732

Join The Birth Circle Young Moms’ Group at the Glouster Library for a Thanksgiving potluck. Bring a dish to share, and we will have fun and do a craft with the kiddos.

More about the Birth Circle Young Moms’ Group:
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 years old when you had your first child, then come join us and share your experiences as a young mom.


Get Organized and Survive the Holidays

Wednesday November 29th (the week after Thanksgiving)
7-8:30pm
Athens Public Library

Who doesn’t need a little help organizing all the joy that the holidays can bring? Join local Professional Organizer and Productivity Specialist, Aubrei Krummert for an evening of helpful hints and tips on how to survive the holidays. She’ll even share ideas on how to actually enjoy the festive season yourself, and if you have success stories or questions to share please do! Aubrei lives with her husband, two children and very spoiled cat and works mainly with chronically disorganized people. Please join us for a fun and informative evening!


Yes, I want to support The Birth Circle!

Supporting The Birth Circle is easy!  All you have to do to contribute financially to The Birth Circle and all of our programs and events is to click here. We can continue to provide all our support groups and meetings with your help. Thank you!

If you prefer to mail in your donation, please send your contribution to:

The Birth Circle
PO Box 665
Athens, OH  45702

November 2017 News & Events

Hello, Everyone!

Wow, here we are in the midst of autumn and the beginning of November!  At this point in the year, I often start looking ahead to the holidays and the end of the year and I am happy to say that The Birth Circle has a lot of community events on the horizon!  Please see below for our November happenings!  

This is also the time of year that we ask you for your support.  To provide the programs and events that we do for our community, we need your help.  Your volunteer hours, donations of goods and services and of course your financial contributions provide us with the means to follow our mission which is to educate, support and empower women and families as they journey through pregnancy, childbirth, the postpartum period, and early childhood. By making families aware of the resources available to them, we are hoping to build community.  Below you will find information on how to support us by contributing to our Annual Appeal.  We are incredibly thankful for all that you do for The Birth Circle!

We have a bounty of fun to share with you these next few months and we hope to see you soon!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
www.athensbirthcircle.com
740-652-6262



Loss Support Group

Thursday, November 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.


Young Moms’ Group

Date and Time TBD (stay tuned to FB for updates)

This month’s meeting will have a Thanksgiving theme and we invite you all to join us for some food, play and a holiday craft.  It is always time to be thankful, but this month we will share with each other some of the things we appreciate most.  We hope to see you there!



Get Organized and Survive the Holidays

Wednesday November 29th (the week after Thanksgiving)
7-8:30pm
Athens Public Library

Who doesn’t need a little help organizing all the joy that the holidays can bring? Join local Professional Organizer and Productivity Specialist, Aubrei Krummert for an evening of helpful hints and tips on how to survive the holidays. She’ll even share ideas on how to actually enjoy the festive season yourself, and if you
have success stories or questions to share please do! Aubrei lives with her husband, two children and very spoiled cat and works mainly with chronically disorganized people. Please join us for a fun and informative evening!




Yes, I want to support The Birth Circle!

Supporting The Birth Circle is easy!  All you have to do to contribute financially to The Birth Circle and all of our programs and events is to click here, or go to our website and click on the DONATE button at the top left of our home page.  If you prefer to mail in your donation, please send your contribution to:

The Birth Circle
PO Box 665
Athens, OH  45702



JIVE! 2017
Mark your calendars for the evening of Sunday December 31st!  That’s right, JIVE! is just around the corner and we’re excited to announce more details soon, so stay tuned for email and Facebook updates!

In the meantime, if you are interested in helping us 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!

 

 


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.


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. Fill out our online sponsorship form below!



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.