Hi, this will be my 3rd birth--2nd unmedicated, 1st at home.
Thinking I might start feeling the need to get ready SOMEtime soon
My midwife gave me the list at my last appointment.
I'm still not sure what to do about a birth pool. The MW's will bring one, and charge us and extra $100. But we already have a hottub (a smallish, 4 person one, a free gift from an old employer) that would surely be more comfortable to labor in, with it's seats and jets and all. But I don't know if it'd be safe with all the chemicals you have to keep in it.
I don't "need" to have a waterbirth--I haven't even read up on it enough to have a strong desire to do it or anything--but I definitely want to be in deep water for the laboring part. And I know last time I was really annoyed to have to get up and move because the hospital wouldn't let me birth in the tub. I remember wanting to just sort of lift up or something, but they made me get out and move in to the bed. I guess lifting up wouldn't really work so well anyway!
I don't understand how you get enough warm water in a birth pool that quickly though. It takes forever to get our hottub filled up, and getting the water warm enough involves boiling pot after pot of water and dumping it in. For hours. My labors are not that long. At least, they haven't been. I know each is different, but I can't count on having all day to get a birth pool set up. I'm gonna want to get in water right away, you know?
I'm a little concerned about the timing also because my mw's are almost 2 hours away. I saw someone said her mw is going to leave her emergency kit just in case--I wonder if mine will because I feel like there's a good chance they could miss it. (Though they say they've been delivering babies here for 20 years and only missed twice, and that because the moms just didn't call.)
Still considering hiring a doula, but the one here is $600! Is that normal? Probably, and all that she does, it is definitely worth it. I just can't really afford it ya know? But at least she lives in town and could get here right away.
I also really need to get on to practicing relaxation/hypnobirthing. I wish, wish, wish I could take a refresher course, but no one around here offers it.
In short, I am lazy and procrastinating everything. But excited nonetheless. Maybe I'm trying not to get all busy doing it because I don't want to get all ready and then . . . Oh wait, still 3 more months!
Anyway, thanks for reminding me of all the things I need to do.
Oh, and my mw did put "a coke for your midwife" on the birth kit list. We never have soda, but I'll probably find out what they like ("coke" here seems to be a generic term for soda of any sort) and keep a few on hand. I'd like to have some munchies available for everyone involved.