Friday, July 27, 2007


The Bay Area Homebirth Collective wins best home delivery from the SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay Awards 2007. Pizza and chinese food eat your heart out!

"The natural-birth resurgence of the '70s gestated, was delivered, and suckled right here in the Bay Area. After 30 years the movement has grown into a well-respected alternative to highly medicated and medicalized birth. While local hospitals have cesarean rates as high as 25 percent and give epidural anesthesia to 70 percent or more of their patients, planned home births with licensed midwives are consistently associated with fewer medical interventions and have been shown to be as safe as hospital births. For families who prefer to give birth in the safety and comfort of their homes, the staff of the Bay Area Homebirth Collective offer childbirth preparation classes, labor assistance, and midwifery care to women in every corner of the Bay Area. The members of the collective come from diverse backgrounds, and all are experienced, licensed, and committed advocates of natural birth. Just as good: they won't make you wear one of those tiny peekaboo paper gowns." Click here for the Best of the Bay Awards online.

Thank you Bay Area!

Saturday, July 21, 2007


Solena knows that what is needed most in birth is flexibility. Go with the flow. Be open to the outcome. The natural flow of birth will show you where to go. Be there.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Homebirthin' Firefighter

Female firefighters are some of my favorite people on the planet. They are sooo cool. And of course, homebirthers are my other favorites. So when I have a homebirthin' firefighter, you know I'm over the top! Here is Rita, you can read Thomas' Birth Story back on the Wisewoman Childbirth Traditions website. Thank you Rita, you are awesome!

Monday, July 16, 2007

EMT class on Treasure Island

Last year the Bay Area Homebirth Collective had the privilege of training the many fire fighters and first responders in San Francisco regarding midwifery and homebirth. Their training center is located on Treasure Island, half way between San Francisco and the East Bay. I think the trainings were a huge success and we have already experienced the difference when we need to call 911 for a transfer. Thank you, SFFD! Here I am again talking to a group of EMT students last week about homebirth and midwifery and how we can collaborate more when our care intersects.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Within Reach

Welcome to Caliope Swan!
Born at home to Stephanie Alston and Kelly Quirke
Never away from loving arms

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Baby Caleb is here!

Welcome baby Caleb! Born at home on July 8, 2007.
Pure joy and wonder!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Breastfeeding Sing-a-long

Who says breastfeeding moms can't guitar? We love Solena. That girl can nurse anywhere!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

When Tara was first started going into labour I was ring shopping with my aunt because wedding was soon. We had noooooooo idea what was ahead of us. That was around 8:00, and I was getting tired. There people already assembled ready at the drop of a hat just give a call be there with in 15 min.(and some were coming from Santa Cruz). Maria and Dina were both here, Dina ready with her trusty camera that video taped Tara's birth(and did a great job) and Maria was timing Tara's contractions. By now Tara was in the Aqua Dula that had been sitting in the middle of our living room for months. Maria was calling the other three midwives because my mom was having twins. Then the midwives got there and my mom friend that was pregnant at the time was there, my aunt who lives in Hawaii was there, my grandma from my moms side, and my aunt that drove from Santa Cruz to s.f. . a couple of weeks before I had started to think what if the twins had different birthdays. That almost happened my sister Ixchel was born at 12:01 and my sister Kali was born 26 minutes later. It was an amazing birth and it the first birth in my life. One of my favorite parts was when I got to touch the placenta it felt interesting, but over all it was a long and amazing birth. They are now two months and they are VERY active.

--Oscar Reyes, awesome big brother

Happy Pregnant

Meghan Marie and her doggie doula

Here are five books that can help you take charge of your birth:

Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Birthing from Within by Pam England
Born in the USA by Marsden Wagner
Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Harper
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin

Monday, July 2, 2007

Happy Marchers!

Hooray for Violet, Spencer and Luka for coming out to their first Dyke March!

Read Luka's birth story - Birth Warrior