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


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


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.
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-MAMA740-652-MAMA (6262)


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


  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.


Wednesday June 24th

7-8:30pm at the Athens Public Library

Join us as we discuss ways to make your transition to parenthood smoother. Our local Postpartum Doulas will lead the evening’s meeting sharing pointers, realistic timelines for different types of childbirth recovery, needs to plan for and so much more. This will be a great meeting for expectant moms AND partners, so bring your questions!

June 2015 Flyer



Week of June 22nd-June 26th

Friends Meeting House in Chauncey

For a third year in a row we have received generous funding from the Athens Foundation, as well as the Quidel Cares Fund, to hold our Prepared Mommy Camp! This week-long Camp for pregnant teens is one of our most important programs. At Camp the participants will learn about and discuss such topics as healthy pregnancy, labor and birth, infant care, positive parenting and looking toward the future, all the while forming bonds of support with each other. You can be a part of it by volunteering your time to help out during the week of Camp, providing transportation or donating new or gently used mama and baby-related items or gift cards. We are looking for more participants so if you know of someone who would benefit from this experience, please email athensbirthcircle@gmail.com, phone 740-517-8441, or they can fill out our online form at Prepared Mommy Camp 2015 Sign-Up Form.

Thanks for your help and support of this transformative program!

For more information, go to our Prepared Mommy Camp page.


Hello Everyone!

For a third year in a row we have received generous funding from the Athens Foundation to hold our Prepared Mommy Camp!  This week-long Camp for pregnant teens is one of our most important programs, and will take place this year the week of June 22nd- June 26th.  At Camp the participants will learn about and discuss such topics as healthy pregnancy, labor and birth, infant care, positive parenting and looking toward the future, all the while forming bonds of support with each other.  Throughout the week the young moms-to-be receive free lunch and transportation if needed, and they leave each day with gifts and supplies for themselves and baby donated by the community.  It is an incredible week indeed!

In order to make this Camp a success, we need your help.  We are looking for volunteers to:

  •     provide transportation
  •     provide snacks (one snack per day)
  •     assist our kitchen coordinator
  •     help clean up after Camp on Friday June 26th
  •     pick up and deliver lunch from our lunch sponsors (one person needed per day)


We are also looking for donations of baby and mommy-related items and supplies as well as gift cards that will go directly to the participants.  These items should be new or very gently used and in excellent condition.  Any help you are able to provide is very much appreciated!  If you have any questions about the Prepared Mommy Camp please feel free to contact me either by phone or email.  For those who might be interested in participating or helping us spread the word, click here to view or print this year’s flyer.  We look forward to another great Prepared Mommy Camp thanks to people like you!


Claudia Bashaw

Executive Director, The Birth Circle




740-517-8441–Prepared Mommy Camp

Print or view flyer

For more information, visit our Prepared Mommy Camp page.


Liz Pahl, representative from the Athens Foundation with Birth Circle director, Claudia Bashaw.
Liz Pahl, representative from the Athens Foundation with Birth Circle director, Claudia Bashaw.

Prepared Mommy Camp Flyer 2015




Our 7th Annual Pregnancy and Baby Fair was a huge success!  The Birth Circle would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors and vendors for their contributions in making this community event such a success.  We couldn’t do this without all of you and we are so grateful for your participation.  We would also like to express our gratitude to our Fair Coordinator Laura (Post) Lindner who, with her team of volunteers, put together another a really wonderful Birth Circle event with great programming!  Thank you all!!!

Athens Mini Maestros, Gift certificate to Real World Organizing, Nature’s Magic basket, Cotton Bibs and washcloths by Always Handmade- Always Keely Hultz, Photography session by Blooming Lotus Photography, Local soap gift basket by Better Than Organic, 3 Prenatal/Postnatal yoga passes with Holistic Birth, Gift Certificate to Cradled in Joy birth services, Gift Certificate for Initials, Inc/ Jennifer Anne Jorrey, Younique gift basket, Crocheted baby hats, Set of colorful tupperware stacking cups from Andrea, Week of summer camp Rising Appalachian Warriors (RAW), Copy of the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Athens La Leche League, Massage with Jennifer Cochran, Licensed Massage Therapist, 1/2 Hour Massage with Jen Jones, 2 yoga classes at Inhale Yoga Studio, Services from Attractions, Breastfeeding consultation with Ebb & Flow, One year membership to WellWorks https://www.ohio.edu/wellworks/, One week of summer camp with http://www.rawarriors.com, One week of Girls Nature camp with The Blue Green Education Center



We have been busy focusing on the Fair, so we’ll see you in June for the next monthly meeting!





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.”




Friday, April 24th, 2015


At The Plains Library

The Plains Library is offering a free series of prenatal yoga classes each Friday, beginning March 27 thru April 24 at 11:00am. This will be a series of 5 classes presented by Kristen Wade E-RYT200, who has specialized training in prenatal and children’s yoga. As well as yoga, there will be handouts of songs and rhymes each week provided by Children’s Librarian, Betty Ranck. If you have preschool age children they are invited to attend and take part in activities provided by Betty during the class. This is a wonderful opportunity to relax for an hour each week and meet other young mothers. Learn how you can enrich the lives of your children by sharing books and how the library can help.

Following this series there will be a special luncheon for parents to learn about Early Literacy. There will be free books for all attendees. The Early Literacy Luncheon will take place May 1 @ 11:00.



Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

From 7:00 to 8:30pm

At the Athens Public Library, 30 Home Street, Athens

Every year we dedicate one meeting to the sharing of birth stories. Whether your children were born last week or a decade ago, we invite you to share your story or just sit and listen to others. All backgrounds, experiences and choices are honored at all Birth Circle events.

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

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

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

April 2015 Flyer