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.


Our daughter has arrived! May 23, 2009

Filed under: Midwifery,Pregnancy — mothersandothers @ 2:09 pm

With love we present

Shivohn Eliese

Praise God


She arrived May 22nd at 3:50pm

Her birth in the water was incredible

Thank you to our birth team and to all of you

Full story to come

Here’s to healing (but no tearing, okay, TMI) LOL



Somewhere in, around, or just past week 37 May 11, 2009

Filed under: General,Midwifery,Pregnancy — mothersandothers @ 3:00 pm

All right, we’re in need of a serious update here aren’t we. I’m feeling the end of this pregnancy. I talked to out-of-state-Sarah Saturday morning and sounded pathetic enough that she decided to pack and make her five hour drive to our house to give me some friend support and lovin’. She’s been keeping me company, loading me up with protein, pulling my weeds, washing my slipcovers, and smackin’ my kids around. She was out of the country for Amaiah’s birth and is determined not to miss this little one’s entry. I’m so grateful.

Our home visit with Michelle went well. We were cleaning like mad, as if the home birth police were on their way or something.


While we prayed, Wyatt took 110 pictures


I’m happy to announce the gardening effort is pressing forward. We’ve got some seeds started finally.


The bedroom project is also progressing. He started with the closets and when I walked in on this I thought I was going to have to hold this baby in for at least another month. That or come give birth at one of your houses.



After ripping out the vanity they decided it was time for a little saw, hammer, and nail craft.



Here’s what’s complete so far in the room: closets, wall patch and re-texture, paint, baseboards, door trim, caulk everything, interior window pane trim painted black. More photos coming soon.

At school we celebrated May Day. It was a really beautiful event for the children. The eating was great and the flowers were amazing. I brought my birth ball as a chair. LOL




The whup whup December 5, 2008

Filed under: General,Midwifery — mothersandothers @ 10:19 pm

This my friends is called uterine memory. The body just gettin’ to it at only 13 weeks.


We had a midwife visit this week and I wanted to share it with you since not everyone is clear about midwifery, we weren’t until we had Amaiah. Hopefully if I bring you along to our visits it may become clear why we choose to birth at home.

Oh yeah, so yes, we go to visit her at her office. We do this until the last few weeks of the pregnancy, then she comes to the house to do exams and to make sure we have other stuff ready. More on that later.

Our midwife, Michelle, runs a practice called Birth Matters. You can read more about it here.

This sign always makes me laugh because it’s miniscule and yet it says something so freakin’ important!


When I arrive for my appointment the first thing I do is check my urine and my weight.

This is also true if you are seeing an OB, except they do it for you. As simple as this is, I find that it always sets the tone for me and doing these two basic tasks before I even talk to anyone somehow reminds that I’m in charge here.



Here’s Michelle and me. Some history. I found her four years ago when I was 38 weeks pregnant with Amaiah. Yes, in week 38 of 40. We were set to deliver in the hospital the way we had with my son previously-naturally, with no interventions (IV’s, constant electronic fetal monitoring, etc.). This was extremely challenging in a hospital setting, but we had had an amazing Bradley instructor who schooled us like no other about what it would take to have a natural childbirth in an American hospital. We had a rock solid birth plan, we even role-played how Brian would diplomatically talk to nurses and others who would not be asking permission to do things, but would instead just be doing them. Brian was a superstar–my protector, my guardian, my coach, the ultimate informed partner, and this made that kind of birth in that setting possible. So when it came time to go over the birth plan for Amaiah’s birth and the OB starting telling me what he would and wouldn’t allow I threw in the towel and decided that I did not need to fight that fight all over again. The fight to be left alone and trusted and encouraged, instead of scared. So I interviewed a couple of midwives on the recommendation of others and ended up choosing Michelle for a couple of reasons: the girl has been doing this a long time and knows what natural birth should look like (unlike OB’s, who almost never witness a natural birth), I figured that if there’s anyone who could recognize a true glitch, it would be her, and I really liked her voice. I could tell right away that if I threw some f-bombs her way, she and the rest of my team could talk me down off that cliff. And she did, and giving birth in my own bed was as incredible as everyone promised me it would be. So here we are again.


At the beginning of the visit we just talk, for as long as I need. Sometimes we do this part outside if it’s nice.

Then she measures the size of my uterus and, if I want, she uses a doppler to listen to the heartbeat. For those that do not want anything electronic used she also has one that she can hold to the uterus that works somewhat like an amplified stethoscope. I’m okay with the electronic kind for this. Do you see that smile on my face? That’s because I’m hearing the whup, whup, whup of the baby’s heart. Wyatt said he thinks I’m growing a helicopter. It’s just about the best sound I can think of these days. It’s very comforting in the weeks before you feel movement. I was listening closely, I think I half expected to hear a voice say, “Mom, I’m going to be your easiest delivery yet, I promise.”