Book Review for Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year

October 10, 2012 in Uncategorized by crystalblanton

Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year is a new e- book from author Sarah Whedon. This book was published by Patheos Press in June of 2012.

Sharah Whedon’s biography on Amazon states:

“Sarah Whedon holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies and Women’s Studies from UCSB and teaches at Cherry Hill Seminary, where she has developed a community course on Paganism and childbirth. She is trained as a doula, focusing on support for birth and abortion. She has experience as a Pagan priestess, teacher and organizer, and is a mother of two.”

Pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood are deeply spiritual experiences, and yet it is so easy to forget to stop and mindfully see the wonder of the journey. Or to allow the cold sterility of modern medicine, the endless tests and the books full of things that can go wrong to cause so much stress that you forget to breathe and let the god and
goddess join you on this path; wherever it might lead.

Our daily lives are anchored to deity by the small personal rituals we follow, and the turning of the wheel by the Sabbats we honor. Birth on the Labyrinth Path: Sacred Embodiment in the Childbearing Year can help to make sure that our pregnancy journeys are also celebrated, and traveled with mindfulness and joy. That mindfulness is achieved through use of the labyrinth, whether physically traversed or used as mental imagery; the journey inward (your pregnancy), the new life at the center, and the journey back out. Along the way, the author provides ideas for celebrating your pregnancy, your new baby and your new stage in life. She also provides numerous references to additional resources that provide more ideas or information.

I want to give kudos to the author for writing a text that recognizes that not all pregnancy paths are the same, and that they aren’t all “ideal” or “natural.” Many include fertility treatments, pain killers and C-Sections. Not every baby breastfeeds, whether the mother desires it or not. Not all result in a live birth. This book provides insights into several of the alternate paths that women might travel in the journey to motherhood. It is so very important to recognize and accept all of these paths, and the women who travel them.

If you’re pregnant, planning on a child or even a short time after the birth of your child, this is a book worthy of making time for. It’s a short text, only about 59 pages long. You have no excuse not to squeeze it in between “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Baby 411″ .

You can find information about Sarah Whedon at her website or this book can be purchased through Amazon’s website at the following link:


Written by Jade Oakroot.

Jade Oakroot is a Bay Area native, mother of a 5 month old boy and practicing Pagan.