Beyond Deweyville

Breeding, feeding, writing, reading, crafting, and photographing in Orange County, CA Where it has become a novelty to raise your own kids and mow your own grass (if you can afford some).

River’s Homebirth September 27, 2009

Filed under: Birthing,Midwifery — mothersandothers @ 9:54 pm

For your viewing pleasure, my friend Lindsey’s wonderful birth video.  She gave birth via c-section six years ago and wanted to do it differently this time.

I hope you enjoy it!


Shivohn’s Birth Slideshow May 29, 2009

Filed under: Birthing,Kids,Midwifery,Pregnancy — mothersandothers @ 4:32 pm


Noelle brought the photos over yesterday–less than one week from taking them. This is an absolute record for those of us that could sit an edit things all day:-)

I cried, and then got to work on the slideshow.

We hope you enjoy it!

Click here

I need to add that my labor necklace is made of beads given to me by family and female friends and their young daughters. It was a wonderful thing to rest my eyes on during contractions.


Progress May 13, 2009

Filed under: Birthing,Pregnancy — mothersandothers @ 3:04 pm


Sarah and I visited Michelle today and asked her to check me. My braxton contractions have been quite strong lately so I was curious. It turns out I’m at 3cm. Woohoo! Now, while this tells me nothing about when labor might begin it does mean that the contractions have been doing something.


Birth Options Meeting July 3, 2008

Filed under: Birthing — mothersandothers @ 7:31 pm

I know there a lot of mammas (and dads) who are interested in the full spectrum of birthing choices,
so I thought I would post this in case anyone is interested. You can go to the website to get more info.

Community Alliance for Birth Options (Project CABO)

There is a very important discussion taking place regarding women’s options in childbirth.

Tuesday, July 8th at 6:30pm

Ladera Ranch Town Hall Meeting

Covenant Hills Clubhouse

1 Covenant Hills Drive

Whether you are pregnant, want to become pregnant or have pregnant loved ones, this topic is relevant to ALL families. Whatever your birth choices are, please help protect your right
to make them.


Oh but the rooms are so homey & pretty….. May 9, 2008

Filed under: Birthing — mothersandothers @ 1:52 pm

First, some beauty. Sarah and Bryn.

Who may or may not agree with the following.

It’s been too long since I’ve ranted or cheered about birth in America so let’s do both.*

Anytime a video floats by that I think might encourage ANYONE to check out all their options I’ll post it here.

Especially if you’re carrying multiples! God bless you!!

Check it out

Now, as most of you know, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the professional organization of obstetricians. They recently came out with a policy statement against homebirthing. The following exerpts from the statement are frighteningly condescending, and yet characteristic of what obstetrics thinks of birthing women:

“Childbirth decisions should not be dictated or influenced by what’s fashionable, trendy, or the latest cause célèbre.”


“Choosing to deliver a baby at home, however, is to place the process of giving birth over the goal of having a healthy baby.”

These statements appear to be in response to the recent popularity of the move “The Business of Being Born”

Watch the movie trailer (so good)

My favorite quote from the clip

“Basically what the medical profession has done is convince the vast majority of women that they don’t know how to birth.”

*Politically correct note: Let’s be clear. My birth rants are not meant as a judgment against those of you that have chosen to give birth in what are statistically the most unsafe conditions for you and your baby: in a nasty-air filled hospital room, on your back, with drugs pumping through both of you. Or worse yet, you in a hospital having your child unnecessarily cut out of you. I’m pissed off for you. My issue is with the obstetrical community that has chosen money over your safety, and that has chosen not to inform you of all the risks that you face by placing yourself in their “care”.

**I have decided it would be right to make the comments for this post private. If anyone cares to read the debate, the rights have been sold to be made into a Lifetime movie, no doubt starring Meredith Baxter Berney**