Currently, A Living Family is powered by the passions of Sheila and Jen with support from their loving husbands and inspiration from their toddlers and homebirth experiences.
Our birth experiences made us realize that much of what we thought was new was actually based in ancient practice and beliefs. Birthing at home inspired us as mothers to journey towards practices and wisdom of living and child-rearing of the past. Through research, we have come to understand and believe that birth and child development are natural processes. Each requires a foundation of trust: trust in our bodies, trust in our intuition as parents and caregivers and trust in our children.
Our goal is to offer support and information as well as build a strong, positive community — A Living Family. We hope to inspire learning, connection and growth for people of all ages and sizes. Topics include: natural and homebirth, breastfeeding, babywearing, cosleeping, cloth diapering/Elimination Communication, baby-led weaning/introduction of solids, child-led learning, and sustainable living. We also want A Living Family to be a local resource for the Philadelphia area.
A Living Family organizes a monthly Birth Story Circle and Child-led Playgroup.
Our goals are:
- To help expectant parents and all caregivers educate and empower themselves
- To support expectant parents and all caregivers
- To provide information and connections to resources
- To create community and foster relationships among families