Support The Birth Circle!

“Every accomplishment The Birth Circle has ever achieved is owed in large part to you and the donations you so generously give. In fact, we cannot do any of it without you. Please give what you can, knowing that every cent lifts up the families we serve.”

-Molly Wales, Former Executive Director of The Birth Circle

To make a secure on-line donation via Paypal, please click the “donate” button below!


Your donations are appreciated and help us continue to provide informative monthly meetings, fun family events and community programming! We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your contribution is tax-deductible. Please click on the “Donate” button above to make a secure online payment or make checks payable to “The Birth Circle” and mail to:

The Birth Circle

PO Box 665

Athens, Ohio 45701

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Volunteer

We would love to have your help with our annual New Year’s Celebration: JIVE! Follow this link to our Online Donation and Sponsorship Sign-Up Form. You can donate time, food, door prizes, and cash donations, or decide to be a sponsor for our event. A sponsorship of $250 will allow your name and logo to be featured on the JIVE! Event poster. We offer a big door prize raffle at the event, and if you donate a prize, your name will be listed at the event and you will be announced at JIVE!
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JIVE! 2016

We would love to have your help with our annual New Year’s Celebration: JIVE! This is our Online Donation and Sponsorship Sign-Up Form, which will make things easier for you and for us. You can donate time, food, door prizes, and cash donations, or decide to be a sponsor for our event. A sponsorship of $250 will allow your name and logo to be featured on the JIVE! Event poster. We offer a big door prize raffle at the event, and if you donate a prize, your name will be listed at the event and you will be announced at JIVE!
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Yard Sales this Friday & Saturday!

Our annual yard sale begins tomorrow at noon and there are amazing deals to be had! Tons of cute boy and girl clothes, car seats, toys, baby swings, ride-on toys, books, cloth diapers, maternity and women’s clothes, kids and women’s shoes, toddler bed, bed rails, nursing supplies and much much more! Unless otherwise marked, Infant and kid clothes 50c, infant and kid shoes $3, maternity clothes $2, and infant toys 50c-$5. See you tomorrow at the East State Street shelter near the community pool!

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 more information, check out our Facebook event page.  Thanks!!

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THE OHIO VALLEY MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY YARD SALE

Saturday Only!

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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December News & Events

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DECEMBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, December 3rd
3-5pm
Athens Library, Children’s Section
Before the weather turns, come join us for two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month.  All ages welcome and we hope to see you there!
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DECEMBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
Thursday, December 3rd
6:30-8pm
Central Avenue Church, 73 Central Ave.
If you are in need of support because of a pregnancy loss or the loss of your child, you are welcome to join us.  These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional counselor.  All family members, such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome.  The support group is held on the first Thursday of every month and childcare is provided.  Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can provide enough supervision.
For more information, contact us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or 740-652-6262
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JIVE! 2015

The Birth Circle is excited to present Athens’ only family-friendly New Year’s Eve event!
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When:  The party starts at 5pm and will go until 7:30pm, with the ball dropping at 7pm.  This way the whole family can enjoy the celebration.
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Where:  Located at Eclipse Company Store in The Plains, located at 11309 Jackson Dr.
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Food & Drink:  This year’s JIVE! party will include dinner by Kiser’s BBQ, desserts from Fluff Bakery and snacks from Shagbark Mill and other area eateries.  The kids can enjoy Snowville Creamer chocolate milk, while a cash bar will be available for adults to choose from a variety of beverages, featuring Jackie O’s beers and other local brews.
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Music & Prizes:  Entertainment will include music by the Wireless Ramblers, dancing and multiple kids’ activities.  We will be giving away many door prizes generously donated by local businesses and agencies.  A nursing room for babies and their families will be provided as well.
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Why:  Don’t miss this fun opportunity to ring in the New Year with other families while supporting the Birth Circle!  We will see you there!
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For Tickets:  You may purchase tickets online by following this link to our JIVE! page and scrolling down.  You can also purchase tickets at Fluff Bakery, located at 8 N. Court St. in Athens.
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Our GENEROUS SPONSORS deserve a huge shout-out for their support of this year’s JIVE! New Year’s Eve Event!  We thank them and encourage you to show them some love this holiday season by supporting their businesses:
Ally Rapp Lee of the Athens Real Estate Company & the Liz Maule Team
Athens AM Rotary
Fluff Bakery & Westside Wingery
Jackie O’s
Matthews Insurance
OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital
Ohio University Credit Union
The Laurels of Athens 

November & December News Updates 2015

 

Autumnal Wreath
Good Morning Everyone,
We hope that you will join us tomorrow for a special monthly meeting led by volunteer Linda Solt from the American Red Cross. The next Play Group gathers next week, as does the Loss Support Group.  Feel free to email with any questions about any of these gatherings.
 
We are in need of volunteers and sponsors for our AWESOME annual New Year’s Eve family-centered event, JIVE!  If you, your place of work, or someone you know would be interested in lending time or a financial contribution to help make this another successful and fun fundraiser, please contact Margaret, Emily or I (information below).  Thank you for all of your help and support throughout the year!
 
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and we hope to see you all at one of our upcoming events!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-MAMA (6262)
 
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! 
 
JIVE! 2015:  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Each year Jive! is a super-fun, fantastic event thanks to all of our volunteers, and you could be one of them! Believe it or not this family-friendly 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 Emily Schmaltz, emily.schmaltz@gmail.com, or Margaret Hoff, mmrah@hotmail.com, for more information.

 

DECEMBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, December 3rd
3-5pm
Athens Library, Children’s Section
Even though the temperatures are dropping and making us feel cozier, we all still need time to play and socialize. Join us for two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month. We hope to see you there!
 
Autumnal Wreath

November News

This month is chock full of many wonderful and informative Birth Circle events.  We hope that you will join us at the end of the month for a special monthly meting led by volunteer Linda Solt from the American Red Cross.  
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We are in need of volunteers and sponsors for our AWESOME annual New Year’s Eve family-centered event, JIVE!  If you, your place of work, or someone you know would be interested in lending time or a financial contribution to help make this another successful and fun fundraiser, please contact Margaret, Emily or I (information below).  Thank you for all of your help and support throughout the year!
 
Have a great month and we hope to see you all at one of our upcoming events!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-MAMA (6262)
 
NOVEMBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, November 5th
3-5pm
Athens Library, Children’s Section
Even though the temperatures are dropping and making us feel cozier, we all still need time to play and socialize.  Join us for two hours of fun and conversation every first Thursday of the month.  We hope to see you there!
NOVEMBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
Thursday, November 5th
6:30-8pm
145 Columbus Road (the Intelliwave building, around the back)
If you are in need of support because of a pregnancy loss, or the loss of your child, you are welcome to join us.  These meetings are free and facilitated by a professional counselor.  All family members such as grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles, as well as friends are welcome.  The support group is held on the first Thursday of every month and childcare is provided.  Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can be sure to provide enough supervision.
For more information, contact us at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or 740-652-6262
 
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! 
 
JIVE! 2015:  VOLUNTEER AND SPONSORSHIPS
Each year Jive! is a super-fun, fantastic event thanks to all of our volunteers, and you could be one of them!  Believe it or not this family-friendly 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 Emily Schmaltz or Margaret Hoff for more information. 
 
We are also looking for sponsors to support this wonderful annual fundraiser.  If you, or your place of work, would like to find out more about this great opportunity to help the Birth Circle and advertise your business, please contact me, Claudia Bashaw, for more information regarding sponsorship levels and perks.  Thanks!
Autumnal Wreath

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.

 

July Meeting

Thank you to all who attended our meeting last night! Here is the contact information for Ruby Kilkinney, who talked to us about car seat safety.

Ruby Kilkinney, AKA “the car seat lady”

Hocking.Athens.Perry Community Action

3 Cardaras Drive

Glouster, Ohio 45732

740-767-4500

800-686-1093 FREE

Car seat safety tips: http://www.safekids.org/car-seat

Information on the free car seat program: http://hapcap.org/freecarseat

 

Thank you, Amy King, for sharing your knowledge!

Six specific early literacy skills http://www.myacpl.org/kids/literacy/skills

Books to share with your child: http://www.myacpl.org/kids/literacy/books

Links to more information on early literacy skills: http://www.myacpl.org/kids/literacy/links

 

 Ruby Kilkinney, AKA “the car seat lady”

Ruby Kilkinney, AKA “the car seat lady”

July 2015 Meeting

 Amy King, Coordinator of Outreach and Enrichment for the Athens County Public Libraries
Amy King, Coordinator of Outreach and Enrichment for the Athens County Public Libraries

JULY NEWS

Hello Everyone,
I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day weekend!  This month is a busy one to say the least.  There is an important training coming up next week at O’Bleness for birth workers. Details are listed below, so if you are a social worker, nurse, or another birth-related professional, please take advantage of this opportunity.
 
Our Play Group was early this month, but you can always plan on some fun and socializing on the first Thursday of the month at the Athens Public Library from 3-5pm, so mark your calendars.
 
If you are interested in providing meals to new families, please let our Meals for Moms Coordinator Talia Parrotti know by emailing her at taliaparrotti@gmail.com .  We have one family in need of meals and more expecting their little ones over the next few months.  If you are interested in receiving meals, let her know and she’ll send out a notice when you are ready to receive them.
 
Have a great July and we’ll see you soon.
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-MAMA740-652-MAMA (6262)

UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:

Car Seat Safety & Early Childhood Literacy
Wednesday, July 29th from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Athens Public Library
Come find out the latest car seat safety guidelines for our children.  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.  Grandparents, friends and caregivers will benefit from this information as well, so bring everyone.  In addition we have Amy King, the Coordinator of Outreach and Enrichment for the Athens County Public Libraries, who will share with us the importance of reading to our children.  Whether a child is four days old or four years old, it is not too early or too late to start building early literacy skills.
 
The Big Latch On
Friday July 31st at Richland Avenue Park starting at 9:30am; Latch On at 10:30am
“Imagine a world where every family was supported, nurtured by their community, and where breastfeeding is a normal part of life”.  Athens County WIC is hosting a Big Latch On to promote breastfeeding awareness as part of a worldwide event. The Big Latch On is open to the public and there will be food and fun for the whole family. For more information contact Jayde at 740-677-4002740-677-4002 or jkovach@hopewellhealth.org or Dyan at 740-342-4938740-342-4938 or dvansickle@hopewellhealth.org
 
11th Annual Birth Circle La Leche League Yard Sale!!
Rescheduled!!New dates:  Friday August 28th and Saturday August 29th at the East State Street Shelter (near the Community Pool)
Donations are being accepted in preparation for our annual, huge multi-family yard sale that benefits the Birth Circle and La Leche League.  If you have maternity, baby and child-related items to donate which are gently used and in good working order, please bring them to 102 Sunnyside in Athens.  If you would like a donation receipt, please contact Claudia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com .

 

Perinatal Hospice Birth and Bereavement Training for Birth Professionals

Sessions on Monday July 13th, 2015, Tuesday July 14th, 2015 and Wednesday July 15th, at O’Bleness Hospital—please see below or attached document for details

Perinatal Hospice Birth and Bereavement Training

for Birth Professionals

Jointly provided by OhioHealth O’Bleness & AHEC / CHEAO

Presented by:

Kelly Gerken, President & Founder of Sufficient Grace Ministries

Certified Stillbirthday Birth and Bereavement Doula

To meet everyone’s schedule, this 2 Hour Seminar is being offered multiple times a day on the following dates and times at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital:

No registration required.

Monday July 13th 10am-noon, 1-3pm, 3-5pm LL008

Tuesday July 14th 1-3pm, 3-5pm, 6-8pm Medical Education Room

Wednesday July 15th 7-9am, 9-11am, 12-2pm LL008

Objectives:

  1.       Recognize the bereaved parent’s perspective
  2.       Describe the caregiver’s responsibility in making a lasting, tangible memory for bereaved parents experiencing perinatal loss
  3.       Explain the art of compassionate care: Companioning

Attendance by Birth Center, Emergency Department and Operating Room associates is highly encouraged.  Sessions are open to all other interested OhioHealth associates and community healthcare providers.

CHEAO (OH-049, 10/1/2017) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This program meets the criteria for 2 contact hour for nurses.

Hopewell Health Centers, Inc. is a provider of CPEs for Counselors and Social Workers for the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapists Board.  Provider number is RCS070803.

This program has been approved for 2 Credit Hours for Social Workers.

This program does not meet the criteria for Counseling credit.

You must attend the entire presentation and turn in an evaluation form to receive CE credit.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS

It’s time to re-enroll for the new year of Kroger Community Rewards. When you are enrolled, Kroger donates a portion of every purchase you make to the Athens Birth Circle. You need to re-enroll in the month of April in order to continue contributing. We hope you will take a few minutes to re-enroll or enroll if you haven’t already. Thank you for continuing to support our programs and events!

Follow the link below, click “sign-in,” and enter the email address and password you used to enroll your card. Then, enter the Athens Birth Circle’s group number, #84787, choose the Athens Birth Circle, and click “enroll.”

http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com/