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Wild Feminine Circle

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Hello Friends!

I am sending out this email to let you all know of an exciting new offering I am putting out into the world with Carla Orr. After reading this, if you know of anyone who may also be interested, please feel free to forward this email.

As you may know, I am very interested in working with women of all ages to tap into their own personal power and then go on to use the resulting confidence to make authentic and satisfying choices for their lives.

Carla’s work combining art with energy healing has been informed by training she received from Tami Lynn Kent, a pioneer in women’s holistic health. Tami wrote the book Wild Feminine so that all women would be able to access their own medicine and give them the tools to bring joy, balance, spirit, and creativity into their lives. This book is so full of useful and insightful information and has helped me in so many ways.

Carla and I have decided to form a Wild Feminine Circle that will meet monthly for women who are also interested in connecting to their core and exploring the full range of their wild feminine landscape. Have any of you been wanting to venture into some possibly unknown, unfamiliar but rich inner territory with others in a safe, nurturing circle? Well, now’s your chance!

Each month we will be going over one chapter in the book. The circle will be a place to discuss and share our thoughts on the given topic. Meditations, creative activities, and other things that naturally move us will also be part of the circle. We will also provide light refreshments.

Questions? Want to take a peek at the book before you join? Want to meet the two of us and see if this is something you might want to do? Come to our Free, no-obligation Info Session next Sunday, November 9th at 4pm to find out more!

We will gather at my house in Wenham. If you would like to join us, please let me know and I will send you my address, or fill out the form here. Exact details with dates are also on this page. Books are available to purchase for $15, each session is $15, or you can pay for the 7 months in full for $75. We will be circling the second Sunday of the month, from 4-6pm, starting in December.

I am looking forward to hearing from you and am happy to answer any and all questions you may have. And thank you, too, for passing this along to anybody else you believe is a Wild Woman at heart!

Sincerely Yours,


Summer Meetup #3 Recap

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The third and final gathering of the Summer Series for the Birth Philosophy Meetup Group was chock full of really interesting info and conversation!  Here is a brief report of what we covered on July 28th over at the Life Alive Café in Salem, MA.

Jennifer, a doula, shared information about a group she and Kira of  North Shore Birth and Beyond are hosting that allow people to process their birth if they have any lingering feelings of disappointment, anger or trauma. What a great offering. This type of circle can  be really healing and important for those who might need it. The next gathering of this group is Thursday, August 29th in Salem. Click here for more details.

Also, this duo is holding a Meet the Doulas event at Hip Baby Gear in Marblehead this Saturday, August 3rd. That is tomorrow! Get more info here.

Kira is also offering a Fertility Awarness Meetup for anyone in the area to get together and discuss fertility awareness method for birth control, or for achieving pregnancy. This is incredibly valuable information to have for women at any stage of their life so hats off to Kira for offering this peer to peer sharing group. We discussed how we wish that more younger women could have access to information about these type of options for managing fertility, particularly for those who might like to avoid hormonal birth control for various reasons.

And, I have to say, I really also love that Kira also has her own lending library of books on midwifery, parenting, women’s studies, pregnancy, fertility, birth, breastfeeding etc.  I love this!  There are so many interesting threads and topics to explore in regard to these topics. Digging deeper into some of the great books out there is how all of us really get to know more about some of these areas. A movie screening of A Birth Story (August 8th @ 7PM) and a breastfeeding support group at Hip Baby Gear in Marblehead are also events that Kira is hosting in the near future so check out her site for more info on these events or if you want to track her down to borrow a book.

Kathleen of  Side by Side Doulas gave us an overview of the many services that she and her partners offer.  They include Hypnobirthing, Wavework, Belly Casting and Mapping, Lactation Support, C-Section Prep and Doula Mentoring in addition to Birth and Postpartum Doula services.  Kathleen also works for WIC. Check out her website here.

Nicole and Kathy drove up from the South Shore with small people in tow, which was great!  We were so glad that they made the trek. Kathy is a nurse and Nicole is a doula.  We talked about the challenges of pursuing our careers as birth workers and balancing that with family and mothering and all the rest. Always a great topic.

Group members Chris, a newer doula, and Maire a local IBCLC in private practice and Nursing Mother’s Counselor were also in attendance.  Below is a picture of the group as we were occupying the back seating area enjoying our tasty food and conversation.  If you are in the area, do join us for the next gathering. Thanks to everyone for coming out and sharing about the important work you are doing. I will post the dates for the Fall Meetup Series as soon as they are set.

In the meantime, if you want to keep discussing and sharing the latest news and happenings in the world of birth, sign in to the Birth Philosophy Facebook page.  Or if you like to read articles at a faster pace, definitely follow me on Twitter.

Enjoy the great month of August.  I’ll be hitting the beach as much as I can while the getting is good.

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Summer Meetup #2 Recap

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Ahhhh, the lazy, hazy days of summer…I love this time of year!

A few of us met again at the Life Alive Cafe in Salem this past Sunday for the second of three Summer Meetup gatherings. Megan and Jenne joined me and we talked about a number of topics. Megan shared some details about the recent DONA doula training she completed. Now that she has that under her belt, she is set to sign on to be one of the doulas who assist as part of Beverly Hospital’s Connecting Young Moms doula program.

We shared info on a number of upcoming continuing education opportunities in the area that are coming up including a July 26th rebozo workshop with Gena Kirby, the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition 2013 Conference  the end of September and a Boston Association of Childbirth Educators (BACE) workshop featuring Gale Tully who will talking about Spinning Babies techniques.

Jenne brought some Hypnobabies information since we talked about this type of childbirth preparation method last time around. She also shared a great doula trick that she says gets great feedback. She puts some lavender essential oil on a manilla folder and packs it in her doula bag. When the laboring mama seems to need some cool air to keep her comfortable, Jenne uses the folder as a fan and send not only cool air but calming scent into the room. Great idea. Thanks Jenne!

Here is a list of other topics we touched on, some of which I may try to work into an upcoming Meetup as the topic/focus:

~Acupuncture for pregnancy and labor

~Counseling services for pregnancy and postpartum

~essential oils for pregnancy, labor and postpartum

~blessingway ideas

~fun ways to honor a mother’s lovely pregnant shape such as belly casting or henna


All in all, we covered quite a bit and, again, enjoyed the food, drink and atmosphere over at Life Alive. Be sure to get in touch or leave a comment here on the blog if you have other topic idea suggestions or requests for an upcoming gathering.

Hope to see a few more of you at the last date of the Summer Meetup Series, which will be Sunday, July 28th from 4-6pm.

Stay cool now…


Summer Meetup #1 recap

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Sunday was the first of three in-person summer Meetup gatherings at Life Alive in Salem, MA.  There were several of us who gathered to discuss a number of current events and issues in the world of birth. Jenne, who is a nursing student at North Shore Community College, shared how seeing ‘The Business of Being Born’ before she had children really “blew my mind wide open”.  Jenne also commented on how the social narrative about childbirth from movies and most of the stories people tell really set women up to be afraid while painting a picture that is not necessarily accurate. I know this is a big reason why I feel that it is important to include younger men and women in our conversations about birth practices and available birthing options out there. The more people are aware of and informed about before they are pregnant, the better.  Speaking of being aware, this is an eye opening article about the cost of birth in America that just came out in the New York Times. It is a lengthy article so be ready!

We discussed a book that I just read called “Cut, Stapled and Mended: When One Woman Reclaimed Her Body and Gave Birth on Her Own Terms After Cesarean” by Roanna Rosewood. I really got engrossed in the story and was struck by how open and raw it was.  I didn’t think that with all of my years of working with childbearing women and the issues they are faced with, that I would be stunned by an account like this but I was. It underscored for me how strongly some women feel about giving birth and how complicated it can be to navigate the emotions involved. I already knew this, but the very personal details of the author’s journey made an impact. The best part about the book, for me, was the in depth way that Roanna explored her own feelings and attitudes.  She worked very hard to connect the dots about what was driving her actions and did not heap blame on those around her.  She owned her experiences and processed each of her births in such a way as to clearly see and understand them without really worrying about justifying or defending. A lot of honesty there.
A few of the participants that attended are lactation professionals and we talked some about the Affordable Care Act and how insurance companies are all over the map in the way that they may or may not covering lactation services. Maire is one of several International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) at Home Visiting Lactation Consultants who provide some useful links at their website with more information to assist families in getting reimbursed.

Jen, who is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) shared a bit with us about her work with WIC as well as her experience with the Hypnobabies method of childbirth preparation. She also mentioned that La Leche League of Danvers/Hamilton is going to be at the Beverly Farmer’s Market on July 8th answering questions and giving out information on local breastfeeding support resources.
All in all it was a great meeting chock full of good info and discussion. Join us on July 14th when we will do it again! Happy 4th of July everyone…
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