September News


Hello Everyone,

Our monthly meeting for September covers a very important topic that we typically shy away from openly discussing in our culture.  I encourage you to attend with an open mind and heart because the unfortunate reality is that many of us experience these types of loss in our lives, and we each need a supportive community in which to heal. Come learn some tools that can help you to provide this type of comfort and support 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.

Have a wonderful week and we’ll see you soon!


Claudia Bashaw

Executive Director, The Birth Circle



Supporting Families Through a Loss

Wednesday, September 30th from 7-8:30pm at the Athens Public Library

Stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death are often uncomfortable topics in our culture. This leaves families that experience loss feeling isolated in their grief. Come listen to moms and families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss share what was and is helpful to them as they journey toward healing.

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 ideas and confidence in your ability to help people who are grieving. Councelor Rachel Siegel will be facilitating.


Birth Circle at the Paw Paw Festival

Every year, the Birth Circle co-sponsors a baby care and nursing tent at the Paw Paw festival. (Sept 11-13 at Lake Snowden).  We still need volunteers for set-up on Thursday! If you are available to help with that or if you are interested in assisting with donations, tear down, planning, programming or anything else please contact Rachel Szostek at We want this to be a place of comfort and retreat for families, and we appreciate any help you can provide!


A Huge Thanks!!

This year’s Birth Circle/La Leche League Yard Sale Fundraiser was enormously successful!!  Our organizers Amy Kovach and Carolyn Hain did a phenomenal job with the help of so many of you!  A HUGE thanks goes out to all of you who donated items, who volunteered your time, and to those of you who came to shop!  We are so grateful!


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