July 2016 News & Events

Good Morning Everyone!
We have a great month of activities ahead of us here at the Birth Circle! We hope that you will join us for one or all of these wonderful ways to gather and enjoy the season together.  See you soon!

Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
www.athensbirthcircle.com

740-652-6262

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BIRTH CONTROL BENEFITS & METHODS
Wednesday, July 27th
7 to 8:30pm
Athens Public Library
If you are wondering what your current choices for birth control are, or if you’ve felt overwhelmed by the options available, this is the meeting for you!  Sarah Saxbe, Program Coordinator for Nationwide Childrens’ Teen and Pregnant Program and BC for Teens Program, joins us this month to talk about the different methods available to you, including STD prevention, as well as how to access these birth control options and other related health-care resources in our community.  Come with your questions and experiences to share!
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BIRTH CIRCLE & LA LECHE LEAGUE YARD SALE
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We are looking for donations for our annual yard sale which will take place on Friday, August 26th from noon-5pm and Saturday, August 27th from 8am-2pm at the East State Street Shelter (near the Community Pool). 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. For more information, you can email Carolyn at carolynhain@gmail.com. If you would like a donation receipt, please contact Claudia at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com. Thank you to everyone who has already donated!!!
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TEEN & YOUNG MOM SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesday, July 27th
12 – 2 pm
Wolf Tree Collective, 74 E. State Street, Athens

This group for young moms began as a way to continue support after Prepared Mommy Camp. The group meets once a month. This month’s meeting is a potluck. Bring food to share! Young moms are welcome to attend with their children.

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JULY PLAY GROUP
Thursday, July 7th
3 to 5 pm
Athens Public Library, Kids’ Section
Beat the heat and join us for our July Play Group.  We always enjoy seeing kids of all ages and their parents or caregivers and we hope we’ll see you there next week!
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JULY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP PICNIC
Thursday, July 7th
6:30 to 8pm
South Side Park Playground (Shelter), Richland Avenue in Athens
 *** NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION THIS MONTH****
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.
 

June Monthly Meeting & Events 2016

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Good Morning and Happy Monday!
We have a wonderful monthly meeting planned for THIS Wednesday called “Falling in Love with Baby.” Sometimes the early days after baby is born can be a bit overwhelming and many of us often think that falling in love with your baby should be the easiest part of becoming a parent, right? Brielle Clark from Hopewell Health Centers will be on hand to share more about how, in some cases, our past trauma and the history of the way we were parented can get in the way of giving baby 100% of our heart. Come and learn more about how to become a nurturing and loving parent to your new baby.  Please see below for more details, and we hope to see you there!
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
www.athensbirthcircle.com
740-652-6262
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FALLING IN LOVE WITH BABY
Wednesday, June 29th
7pm to 8:30pm
Athens Public Library
Join Brielle Clark as she shares how falling in love with your baby should be the easiest part of becoming a Mom, right? In some cases, past trauma and history of the way you were parented can get in the way of giving baby 100% of your heart. Being aware of our past and ready to put forth the extra effort in the beginning can make a big difference. The younger a baby is the more their brain is like a sponge soaking up anything and everything. Nurture, love and kindness can promote better brain development as well as social-emotional development which is setting the stage to a bright future. The tiniest gesture like eye contact and talking to your baby will be engraved in your baby’s brain forever. There is no limit on the amount of love, comfort and support you give to your sweet baby.
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JULY PLAY GROUP
Thursday, July 7th
3 to 5 pm
Athens Public Library, Kids’ Section
Beat the heat and join us for our July Play Group. We always enjoy seeing kids of all ages and their parents or caregivers and we hope we’ll see you there next week!
 
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JULY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, July 7th
6:30 to 8pm
Central Avenue Church–73 Central Ave., in 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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June Monthly Meeting & Prepared Mommy Camp

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Hello Everyone,

Here we are, just about halfway through the year and quickly approaching Summer!  This means that it is must be time for The Birth Circle’s Prepared Mommy Camp!

For the past four years, The Birth Circle has hosted this amazing program for young expecting women and we are excited to do it again in two weeks!  Thanks once again to generous funding from the Athens Foundation and support from Quidel’s DHQ CARES Fund, this year’s participants will learn about having a healthy pregnancy, how to prepare for labor and birth, how to care for their new baby, and how to take care of themselves and foster positive relationships with baby and others after baby is born.  Many of you are aware of this amazing program already, but if you aren’t please check out our Prepared Mommy Camp page for more information about this free program and how you can support it by volunteering, or donating new or gently used items for the participants.

In addition to the Prepared Mommy Camp, we have a wonderful monthly meeting planned called “Falling in Love with Baby”.  Brielle Clark from Hopewell Health Centers will lead the discussion with a presentation and all are welcome to share your experiences as the parents of a newborn. We hope you will join us later in the month for this fun topic!  See you soon and thanks for your support of The Birth Circle’s programs!

 

Warmly,

Claudia Bashaw

Executive Director, The Birth Circle

740-652-6262

740-517-8441 (Prepared Mommy Camp)

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PREPARED MOMMY CAMP 2016

Week of June 20th-24th

Friends Meeting House, Chauncey

Each year, our local community has generously donated much-needed items to this free program. We are expecting up to 10 young moms, and would be grateful for any number of items you can offer. 

  • We are in need of products related to pregnancy and/or newborns (clothes, furniture, slings, diapers, nursing bras, etc.).
  • We are in need of snacks and breakfast items to have available during camp.
  • If you would like to volunteer your time, we are looking for help transporting participants to and from camp. We also need volunteers to pick-up meals from local restaurants and deliver them to camp.
  • If you offer pregnancy or baby-related goods or services (photography, art, clothing, etc), we are looking for donations to be used as prizes for the women at the end of their week of learning.

The Birth Circle is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization. We would be happy to send you an in-kind donation form for your taxes.

If you are a young mom-to-be and would like to come to Prepared Mommy Camp, click here to register!

Please take a moment to fill out the online form below if you are able to contribute to this valuable, free program for young moms-to-be. Thank you!

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH BABY

Wednesday, June 29th

7pm to 8:30pm

Athens Public Library

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Join Brielle Clark as she shares how falling in love with your baby should be the easiest part of becoming a mom, right? In some cases, past trauma and history of the way you were parented can get in the way of giving baby 100% of your heart. Being aware of our past and ready to put forth the extra effort in the beginning can make a big difference. The younger a baby is the more their brain is like a sponge soaking up anything and everything. Nurturing, love and kindness can promote better brain development as well as social-emotional development which is setting the stage to a bright future. The tiniest gestures like eye contact and talking to your baby will be engraved in your baby’s brain forever. There is no limit on the amount of love, comfort and support you give to your sweet baby.

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!

Prepared Mommy Camp 2016

 If you are a mom-to-be and want to register for this year’s camp, go to our Prepared Mommy Camp page for more information or fill out this online form!

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**DONATIONS NEEDED FOR OUR 4TH PREPARED MOMMY CAMP**

This June 20th-24th we are holding our 4th Prepared Mommy Camp thanks to support from the Athens Foundation.  This Camp is offered for free to pregnant women age 21 and younger, and provides a safe place where these young women can build their confidence as they learn more about healthy pregnancy, infant care and positive parenting.  The Camp also provides a place for to build bonds of support with one another, which often last well beyond the week we spend together. 
Many of the participants are from rural, low-income families where access to resources may be limited.  We are hoping that with your help we can send them home with loads of supplies that will help improve the quality of life for them and their babies.  You can lend your support by donating products related to pregnancy and/or newborns (clothes, furniture, slings, diapers, nursing bras, etc.) which will go directly to our Camp participants.  For your donations, the Birth Circle will provide a receipt for tax purposes upon request.  We are expecting to serve 5 to 10 young moms and would be grateful for any quantity you can offer!
  • We are in need of products related to pregnancy and/or newborns (clothes, furniture, slings, diapers, nursing bras, etc.).
  • We are in need of snacks and breakfast items to have available during camp.
  • If you would like to volunteer your time, we are looking for help transporting participants to and from camp. We also need volunteers to pick-up meals from local restaurants and deliver them to camp.
  • If you offer pregnancy or baby-related goods or services (photography, art, clothing, etc), we are looking for donations to be used as prizes for the women at the end of their week of learning.
Please take a moment to fill out this form if you are able to contribute to this valuable, free program for young moms-to-be.  Thank you!

May & June News 2016

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Good Morning Everyone!
 
Tomorrow we are gathering for our next monthly meeting, “Sharing Birth Stories”.  We hope you will join us and share the story of your child’s birth, your very own birth, or the birth of a grandchild.  Sharing and listening to these stories is such a great way to strengthen our bonds with one another and we hope that you will join us!
 
Our 4th Prepared Mommy Camp is coming up next month!  Please see below for information on how you can support this incredible program.  Contact me with any questions about the Camp or any of The Birth Circle programs.  Have a great day and we’ll see you soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
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SHARING BIRTH STORIES
Wednesday, May 25th 
From 7:00 to 8:30 pm
At the Athens Public Library
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.
 
All Birth Circle monthly meetings are co-sponsored by
the Athens County Public Library
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TEEN & YOUNG MOM SUPPORT GROUP

This group for young moms began as a way to continue support after Prepared Mommy Camp. The group meets once a month. Please see our calendar for upcoming meetings and/or contact coordinator Amber Dellinger, athensbirthcircle@gmail.com, for more information.

Wednesday, May 25th, noon – 2pm

Richland Avenue Park, Athens, OH

From group coordinator, Amber Dellinger:

Let’s meet at the park this month to let the kids play! I will also have something for all you mamas to help celebrate Mother’s Day!!!

 

**DONATIONS NEEDED FOR OUR 4TH PREPARED MOMMY CAMP**
This June 20th-24th we are holding our 4th Prepared Mommy Camp thanks to support from the Athens Foundation.  This Camp is offered for free to pregnant women age 21 and younger, and provides a safe place where these young women can build their confidence as they learn more about healthy pregnancy, infant care and positive parenting.  The Camp also provides a place for them to build bonds of support with one another, which often last well beyond the week we spend together.
Many of the participants are from rural, low-income families where access to resources may be limited.  We are hoping that with your help we can send them home with loads of supplies that will help improve the quality of life for them and their babies.  You can lend your support by donating products related to pregnancy and/or newborns (clothes, furniture, slings, diapers, nursing bras, etc.) which will go directly to our Camp participants.  For your donations, the Birth Circle will provide a receipt for tax purposes upon request.  We are expecting to serve 5 to 10 young moms and would be grateful for any quantity you can offer!
Please take a moment to fill out this form if you are able to contribute to this valuable, free program for young moms-to-be.  Thank you!
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JUNE PLAY GROUP
Thursday, June 2nd 
from 3:00 to 5:00pm
at the Athens Library’s Kid’s Section
 
Come join other parents, care-givers and children for two hours of fun, socializing and camaraderie.  All ages are welcome and we hope to see you there!
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JUNE LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, June 2nd
from 6:30 to 8:00pm
at the Central Avenue Church—73 Central Avenue in 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.

Prepared Mommy Camp 2016

Registration for this year’s Prepared Mommy Camp is open! Prepared Mommy Camp is completely free and The Birth Circle will arrange for transportation if needed. This program is made possible by community support and a grant from the Athens Foundation. Each young woman will leave camp with tons of baby gear as well as books and information about pregnancy, labor & delivery, infant care,and more. Every year, some of our young moms from previous years come back to share their stories. This program is about moms helping moms! For more information visit our Prepared Mommy Camp page or fill out the registration form below. We would also be happy to mail the forms to you! Call or text 740-517-8441.

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If you are having any problems with the form below, try this link to open the form.

 

May Meeting – Sharing Birth Stories

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SHARING BIRTH STORIES

Wednesday, May 25th

From 7:00 to 8:30pm

At the Athens Public Library, large meeting room

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. Children are welcome to attend. All Birth Circle monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

Items from our Lending Library are available for you to check out and take home from our monthly meetings! We have a variety of baby carriers, books & DVDs.

For more information on our monthly meeting, please click here.

May News & Events

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Good Morning Everyone,
 
May has arrived and we are in full swing with spring!  After a wonderfully successful PREGNANCY & BABY FAIR and GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE, we at the Birth Circle are on a roll!  We want to extend a huge thank you to our Fair Coordinator, Laura Post, for putting together another rockin’ family-friendly event.  The GCDC was a fun addition to the Fair this year and we thank Rachel Szostek for organizing this super-fun event as well.  A GRAND thank you goes out to our sponsors, vendors and volunteers.  We are so appreciative of your support and want you to know how much your participation means to us–thank YOU!!
 
We have a fine month of events ahead of us with our Monthly Meeting scheduled just before the holiday weekend at the end of May.  We hope that you will join us beforehand though at our Play Group or Loss Support Group meetings which are happening this week.
 
Happy Mother’s Day and we will see you soon!
 
Warmly,
Claudia Bashaw
Executive Director, The Birth Circle
740-652-6262
 
 
SHARING BIRTH STORIES
Wednesday, May 25th 
From 7:00 to 8:30pm
At the Athens Public Library
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
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TEEN & YOUNG MOM SUPPORT GROUP

This group for young moms began as a way to continue support after Prepared Mommy Camp. The group meets once a month. Please see our calendar for upcoming meetings and/or contact coordinator Amber Dellinger, athensbirthcircle@gmail.com, for more information.

Wednesday, May 25th, noon – 2pm

Richland Avenue Park, Athens, OH

From group coordinator, Amber Dellinger:

Let’s meet at the park this month to let the kids play! I will also have something for all you mamas to help celebrate Mother’s Day!!!

 
MAY PLAY GROUP
Thursday, May 5th
from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
at the Athens Library’s Kid’s Section
 
Come join other parents, care-givers and children for two hours of fun, socializing and camaraderie.  All ages are welcome and we hope to see you there!
 
MAY LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Thursday, May 5th
from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
at the Central Avenue Church—73 Central Avenue in 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.
 
COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Wolf Tree Collective is inviting all parents to attend their free open doors on Fridays from 10:30am-12:00pm. Their nature-inspired space is designed with families in mind. Wolf Tree offers open-ended toys and nurturing spaces for children to explore. Parents are welcome to feed their babies, roll out a yoga mat, read books from our lending library or simply relax and meet other parents. Often a local librarian is on site with seasonal stories and Wolf Tree is scheduling food trucks to be on site, to ease the adventure of leaving the house with kids. They’re located at 74 East state and offer free parking. If you’d like to stay up-to-date on food trucks being offered and story time, feel free to visit their Facebook page while their website is being created. www.facebook.com/wolftreecollective/ 
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The 8th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair

The 8th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair was a success! Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s event and to the vendors and Athens area professionals who spent the day sharing their products and services with the us. We couldn’t have done it without our Fair Coordinator, Laura Post and the many, many volunteers who donated their time. We appreciate all the ways you support The Birth Circle!

 

The Pregnancy & Baby Fair would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors!

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Thank you to Laura Post and Jameson Platt of Wolf Tree Collective for the Kids’ Yoga and Family Tai Chi demonstrations and to Central Ohio Music Therapy for the wonderful music!

And a big THANKS to the businesses who have donated all the wonderful gift bags items and raffle prizes:

Cloth Diaper Package, Baby Book Package & $50 Gift Certificate from Cradled in Joy Birth and Parenting Education
Liz Gauthier, Westwater Photography
Better than Organic soap gift basket
A cake from SHE BAKES
3 hours of service with Real World organizing
Hand crafted bibs from Always Handmade Always Keely
Gift card for Music Together
2 Collections of Busy Bags from Busy Bags by Liz
Gift Basket from Pocket Doodle
Sauna passes from Inhale Yoga
Flower Arrangement and Gift Card from Orchid Flower Company
Olaf container set from Andrea’s Tupperware
Folk Art by Christine, handmade wall art
Essential Oils from Jennifer Cochran
Snowville Creamery, apparel and cooler
Gift Basket from Crumbs Bakery
$25 Gift Certificate to White’s Mill
Soap from Space Cadet Soaps
Gift Basket from Cowboy Leather Co.
Gift Basket from Friendly Paws
60 Minute Massage from Athens Wellness Co-op
Free Passes from Wolf Tree Collective
Little Fish Brewing Co.
Summer hat, bonnet, and nursing pads by Coral Marie
Gift pack from Coqui Baby
100 Pairs of hand-knitted booties from Stitches of Love, a charity group dedicated to serving Appalachia
Gift Cards from Athens Bread Company
5 free movie coupons from Premiere Video
Heart Massager and Lotions from Kayleigh Stotts Pure Romance
Cards from Peggy Lewis of Usborne Books 
Gift Basket from Stacy Salder’s Beauty Stuff
Julep and cherry tote bags from GroVia
3 Bottles of Lotions from Earth Mama Angel Baby
$50 Gift Set from Happy Family
MommyCon
2 Cloth Diapers from Lil Helpers
2 Pack of RLR from RLR
Cotton Babies
2 Bags of Detergent from Her Little Red Wagon
Amber Teething Necklace by Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique
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2 Packs of Wipes by Neat Cheeks
Gift Bag by Badger Balm
Milk-Saver by Milkies
DivaCup and Wash by DivaCup
Nursing Shawl, Nursing Pads, and Nipple Balm  by Bamboobies
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$25 Gift Certificate to Mama Said Tees
Spray Pal Shield from Spray Pal
2 Cloth Diapers from Bumpkins
Cloth Diaper from Glow Bug
Lubricant from Uberlube
Starter Gift Set from Biokleen
Baby Gift Set from La Petite Creme
$60 Gift Card from Baby K’tan
Green Toy Keys from Best Ever Baby

April 2016 News

 

We will have no monthly meeting in April. . .

We are putting our efforts toward The 8th Annual Pregnancy & Baby Fair!

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THE 8TH ANNUAL PREGNANCY & BABY FAIR AND GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE

Saturday, April 23rd

from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

(The Great Cloth Diaper Change will occur at 11 am, with registration no later than 10:45 am)

at The Market on State

If you would like more information about the event please check out our webpage at Pregnancy & Baby Fair and Great Cloth Diaper Change.  If you are interested in volunteering, sponsoring or vending, please contact our Fair Coordinator, Laura Post, at theholisticmama@gmail.com or fill out this online registration form.  For questions specific to the Great Cloth Diaper Change, please contact Rachel Szostek at szostekrachel@gmail.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Hello, Birth Circle Families!

We have an exciting and festive month ahead of us here at The Birth Circle!  Our Pregnancy & Baby Fair is happening on Saturday the 23rd and will include the Great Cloth Diaper Change this year!  Since we like to focus our energy on this fun, family event there will be NO MONTHLY MEETING THIS MONTH.  We will gather once again for a meeting in May.
 
We are gearing up for our 4th Prepared Mommy Camp and already have several young women signed up to join us this June for the week-long program which focuses on education and support of these young moms-to-be as they journey toward parenthood.  If you would like to contribute your time, donate baby-related items, contribute to our book drive, or help in another way please let us know at athensbirthcircle@gmail.com or call 740-652-6262.  The book drive will provide books for the children of the young moms who participate in Prepared Mommy Camp this June. If you want to make a donation to the book drive, please click on the link below.  We’re excited for another opportunity to extend our community of support to these young women, and we’re thankful for your help in doing so!

In the meantime please join us tomorrow for our Play Group, and we will be holding our Loss Support Group in the evening. See below for details on all of our April events and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

ATHENS CASA/GAL PROGRAM

Thank you to Jenny Stotts, Tara Huffman and Emily Fischer for speaking about the Athens CASA/GAL program at our March meeting. If you were unable to attend and would like more information, there will be another opportunity on April 12th from 12-1 pm at the Athens Library’s large meeting room. Please see the event page on Facebook for more information or go to www.athenscasa.org.

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APRIL PLAY GROUP

Thursday, April 7th

from 3:00 to 5:00pm

at the Athens Library’s Kid’s Section

Spring has sprung and who doesn’t want to get out and join others in some fun and conversation?  All ages are welcome and we hope to see you there!

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APRIL LOSS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING

Thursday, April 7th

from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

at the Central Avenue Church–73 Central Ave. in 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.  Please let us know if you will be bringing any children so that we can provide enough supervision.

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