Archive for 20 August 2008

JP Birth Circle Afterglow

(Author’s note: I meant to post this Monday night after the gathering, while I was still all warm and mushy from the discussion, but it had been a long day in toddlerland before that, so my apologies for the less gushy sounding reportback. xoxo, blc)

Monday night we hosted a Birth Circle Meeting at the Connolly Library on Centre Ave in Jamaica Plain. We had a small turnout — 2 MFOM members, 3 moms, and one CPM-in-training — but an excellent discussion. One of the moms brought her *beautiful* 4 wk old homebirthed daughter! And another was talking about the homebirth she has planned for November. It was great fun talking with new mamas and a mama-to-be about the early months of parenting. It was also wonderful to get to talk to candidly about homebirthing and natural birth and our thoughts and even frustrations with the current medical system. And even though I’m an “experienced” mama with an 18 month old toddler, there was as much for me to learn from everyone else as there was for me to offer.

I know that it sometimes hard to get motivated to get out to a meeting in the evening, particularly when you are feeling tired and/or when you have to have someone watch the kid(s), but if you haven’t made it to a Birth Circle in your area yet, I do highly recommend it! I came home feeling so refreshed and excited! I don’t think we get to talk enough about birth in our culture or get to share enough with each other about our birth and pre- and post-partum experiences! Even if you aren’t planning to give birth any time soon, there really is something wonderful in these discussions for everyone.

Hope to see you at the next one!

20 August 2008 at 10:09 am 1 comment

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