Starting a Family

In contemporary homes, starting a family is often a deliberate choice. The experience of pregnancy, the drama of giving birth, and the miracle of adoption are occasions for joy and wonder. These are also experiences that can be fraught with pain and struggle, reflecting the full spectrum of life and death. We offer prayers for those who are trying to conceive, prayers for pregnancy and childbirth, rituals for parents preparing to adopt, mourning ceremonies for miscarriages, blessings for those struggling with infertility, rituals to prepare for or acknowledge an abortion, and much more. 

Latest Rituals

“Sarah waited, far too long. / So what’s a few more days, right?”
close up of light-skinned adult hand holding hand of small baby
“We know what to do: / Agitate, organize, shout”
A Short Prayer for Justice
Ritual to acknowledge loss of abortion access
After Roe: A Havdalah Ritual for Losing Abortion Access
“Let us use our voices and our votes to cry out as loud as we can”
From Out of the Narrow Place: Prayer for Pro-Choice Rally
“For all of our failures to protect you, our daughters, mothers, partners and friends”
Confessional to the Women We’ve Failed
“Let today be the day we learn our power”
Prayer for Our Power, Prayer for Our Choice
“And we will see to it that justice, the kind you fought for and died protecting, ever reigns”
An Intention for Reproductive Justice to Reign Supreme
This is a script for an imagined infertility support group for Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Hannah
Infertility Speaks: An Imagined Support Group for Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Hannah

“We pray that those yearning to conceive, carry, foster or adopt will lead to a joyful outcome”

Prayer for Those Yearning for a Child

Poems to be read by friends surrounding the person who has miscarried before she immerses in the mikveh

Miscarriage Ritual with Friends: Reading Poems at the Mikveh

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