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“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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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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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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October News 2016

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Hello Everyone!

We have a lovely month of events ahead of us. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month and we have a special afternoon planned to honor those families who have experienced the loss of a child. All are welcome and please feel free to share the details with others. Please see below for more about our Loss Ceremony, as well as for information about our monthly meeting.

For our October monthly meeting, we are excited to host an evening of learning about adoption and fostering in our area. If you’ve been a foster parent or have adopted children of your own we would love to have you join us and share your experiences.

Happy autumn to you all, and we look forward to seeing you sometime soon!

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

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CEREMONY HONORING PREGNANCY & INFANT LOSS
Sunday, October 16th at 3:00pm
Athens Community Center Playground
701 East State St. Athens, OH

The Birth Circle will hold a ceremony at the Athens Community Center’s “Ribbon Tree,” planted near the playground in April of this year as a memorial 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, as well as time to tie a ribbon of your choice on the tree. 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.

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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. Families who have experience with fostering and those who have gone through the adoption process are encouraged to come and share your journey. We’ll see you there!

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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 Emily Schmaltz for more information. Thanks!

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OCTOBER PLAYGROUP
Thursday, October 6th
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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OCTOBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, October 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.

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September/October News 2016

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Hello Everyone,
As we welcome autumn, we invite you to join us this week for our September monthly meeting. It is an important topic that affects many families in our community. You don’t have to have experienced a loss of your own in order to get something out of the evening. Come, share, learn and leave with some resources and tools that can help you support another person through a difficult time. We hope to see you there!

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

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LOCAL LOSS SUPPORT RESOURCES
Wednesday, September 28th
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Library
Stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death are often uncomfortable topics in our culture. This leaves families that experience loss feeling isolated in their grief. From bereavement doulas and counselors, to handmade blankets as well as a network of photographers, come find what resources we have in our community that can offer support and healing to these families. The intent of this meeting is to empower us all to walk beside our friends and family who experience loss. You will leave with a list of resources, ideas and confidence in your ability to help people who are grieving.

**PARENTS ATTENDING WITH SMALL CHILDREN (NOT INFANTS) PLEASE NOTE**
Due to the sensitivity of the topic, we request that parents please help their young children maintain a quiet, respectful atmosphere for this meeting. Thank you for your understanding.

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OCTOBER PLAY GROUP
Thursday, October 6th
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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OCTOBER LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, October 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.

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September Monthly Meeting 2016

Supporting Families Through a Loss

Wednesday, September 28th
7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Library


Stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death are often uncomfortable topics in our culture. This leaves families that experience loss feeling isolated in their grief. From bereavement doulas and counselors, to handmade blankets as well as a network of photographers, come find what resources we have in our community that can offer support and healing to these families. The intent of this meeting is to empower us all to walk beside our friends and family who experience loss. You will leave with a list of resources, ideas and confidence in your ability to help people who are grieving.

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.

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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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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

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