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post #101 of 117
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Originally Posted by moonygoony View Post
I at least have finally decided on a birth tub but need to order it (Birth Tub in a Box).
My MW just told me to check out the main home birth thread on mothering. there's a sticky in there about getting a tub. The sticky says not to do the tub in a box because it's more expensive than it needs to be. She gives really specific advice for what to get instead and says that buying everything you need should be between 60 and 100 dollars. I haven't looked yet, but in case she's right, I wanted to let you know.

I was supposed to borrow my mw's tub, but one of her clients just stole it(!), so now I have to buy my own. Bummer dude.
post #102 of 117
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Originally Posted by half-pigeon View Post
does anyone know what kind of foods they will have available for labor - both for yourself & midwife/dad/others at birth?
I want to bring this question back up. It doesn't look like anyone answered it, and it's something I've been wondering about.
For during labor (for me and others), i've been thinking Popsicles, fruit, bagels and cc.
For after, I'm not sure. I've thought about a really nice baguette with brae, a sandwich from my favorite sub place, a really nice fruit salad...

I'm really not sure what's good to provide for others during my labor. Any thoughts anyone?
post #103 of 117
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Originally Posted by vonn's_mama View Post
I want to bring this question back up. It doesn't look like anyone answered it, and it's something I've been wondering about.
For during labor (for me and others), i've been thinking Popsicles, fruit, bagels and cc.
For after, I'm not sure. I've thought about a really nice baguette with brae, a sandwich from my favorite sub place, a really nice fruit salad...

I'm really not sure what's good to provide for others during my labor. Any thoughts anyone?
This is a good question. I am thinking that I will make some rice with basic steamed veggies for me and the labor support. Easy to prepare and we do a CSA so we always have veggies laying around. Popsicles sound good, too. Maybe ice cubes made from fruit juice to suck on or add to water (I have an ice thing). I am hoping that when labor starts I am able to whip up a "birthday" cake to celebrate with after the birth.

I really like the idea of a soft cheese and fresh bread, too.

My sis in law is coming down from Wisconsin to be a labor attendant. Should I get her a little something to say thank you?
post #104 of 117
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Originally Posted by vonn's_mama View Post
I want to bring this question back up. It doesn't look like anyone answered it, and it's something I've been wondering about.
For during labor (for me and others), i've been thinking Popsicles, fruit, bagels and cc.
For after, I'm not sure. I've thought about a really nice baguette with brae, a sandwich from my favorite sub place, a really nice fruit salad...

I'm really not sure what's good to provide for others during my labor. Any thoughts anyone?
We're having steak after the birth! I'm rebelling against the dry piece of white bread and peanut butter I had after my dd was born at the hospital. Who knows if I'll actually be up for eating steak, but it sure sounds good now! I'll have someone run up to the market when I'm in labor (if it's daytime, obviously), and after baby gets here my dh will fire up the grill.
post #105 of 117
DH has made sure to make very hearty meals for me for after the birth.
I don't eat immeditely after, but after I rest I am starved.
He makes the biggest, juiciest stake he can find loaded with potatoes.
Fresh juice and rich dessert following it.
The stake is made rare, and DH tells me he can literally see color rushing to my cheeks as I eat. Nothing better to get my energy back.
Then I am spoiled with comfort food brought to my bed for a few days.
It makes me sick to remember the kind of junk weak food they give me at the hospital - blargh!
post #106 of 117
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Originally Posted by vonn's_mama View Post
I want to bring this question back up. It doesn't look like anyone answered it, and it's something I've been wondering about.
For during labor (for me and others), i've been thinking Popsicles, fruit, bagels and cc.
For after, I'm not sure. I've thought about a really nice baguette with brae, a sandwich from my favorite sub place, a really nice fruit salad...

I'm really not sure what's good to provide for others during my labor. Any thoughts anyone?
During labor I'm never able to eat anything, I get very nauseous. I don't even want to drink Recharge. But looking at the label on coconut water today I was thinking that it might be better than Recharge. I'm planning on getting some.
For everyone else, we usually have a pretty stocked house, I may just make a lasagna or put something in the crock pot.
post #107 of 117
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Originally Posted by vonn's_mama View Post
My MW just told me to check out the main home birth thread on mothering. there's a sticky in there about getting a tub. The sticky says not to do the tub in a box because it's more expensive than it needs to be. She gives really specific advice for what to get instead and says that buying everything you need should be between 60 and 100 dollars. I haven't looked yet, but in case she's right, I wanted to let you know.
I'm actually able to totally rationalize price of the birth pool in a box. This is my 4th waterbirth-so I feel like I have birth pool experience of what works for me and what doesn't; I need the depth, the handles on the sides, and I want the little seat and inflatable floor. Also not having the off-gassing of the plastic is important to me.
I know many mamas are totally in favor of fishy pools, but I know they just wouldn't do it for me, and I would end up cranky.
post #108 of 117
For food for others, last time I cooked up a bunch of stuff and froze it. I also had lots of staples on hand. I made a list of snack/meal ideas and locations of all the components (example: burritos - tortillas in fridge, cheese in fridge, refried beans in pantry). The only thing I didn't plan on was being in active labor in the morning. I didn't have too much easy breakfast type stuff on hand. My sister did a starbucks/breakfast sandwhich run for the midwives and everyone else here.

For me I had yogurt, popsicles, stuff to make smoothies, etc on hand. I ended up not eating (I should have though). I also had tons of recharge, which is all that I did take orally.

After my birth my sister went and got pizza because that's what I wanted. She promised to go out and get whatever I want this time too!
post #109 of 117
As far as food for people here during labor, I plan on having a list of what I have on hand and where it is. We always have stuff for sandwiches (BBQ, egg salad, etc.), prep. raw veggies & fruit, yogurt, bagels, wraps, crackers, cheese, popcorn, peanuts, rice & Korean side dishes.

I personally want seaweed soup after labor & birth. Either dh will make some or send someone out to the Korean restaurant near our house.

On the birth tub, I second spending the extra money for the birth tub because I am a little larger and I do not want to worry about the tub not being big enough or sturdy enough. My MW rents out the AquaDoula and the Birth Tub in a Box and I plan on getting one of those.
post #110 of 117
Good to know about the birth tubs. This is my first birthing tub experience, so I don't really know what I'm going want. I'll have to at least look at the tub in a box so I know what I'm deciding against.
Thanks for the feedback!
post #111 of 117
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Originally Posted by vonn's_mama View Post
Good to know about the birth tubs. This is my first birthing tub experience, so I don't really know what I'm going want. I'll have to at least look at the tub in a box so I know what I'm deciding against.
Thanks for the feedback!
I found the la bassine to be "in between" on price when it came to BPIAB or the fishy pool. It was deeper then I needed (we actually had to bail some water out when I got in) and has handles if I remember right (I never felt like I needed them). The only thing it doesn't have is a seat, but when baby was right down low the last thing I wanted to do was sit down. I just kneeled and hung over the side for the most part.
post #112 of 117
Thread Starter 
I couldn't eat/drink anything during my last labor because threw it all up. But I still want to make sure I have stuff on hand for me this time, just in case. I'm also going to try coconut water (mmmm.... love the stuff anyway) in addition to some RRL tea. I'll make a big pitcher of iced tea for the midwives probably and make sure to have lots of snacks on hand. Lots of fresh fruit and some sort of meal-ish thing.

Afterwards I *really* want a rare steak. So I told DH that one of his jobs is to make me a steak after I give birth. Maybe I'll have a baked potato and some sort of veggie too. Sounds PERFECT to me.

I need to plan what I want to have on hand- I'm a list maker and I need to start my lists!!!
post #113 of 117
I got my birth supplies in the mail this weekend! Now I just have to organize everything (separate birth from postpartum), gather some odds and ends from around the house, and do a quick shopping trip for the last few things (mattress protector/shower curtain, etc) and I'll be ready. My midwives are coming for our home visit on Thursday. I'll be cleared for a homebirth (36 weeks) on Wednesday!

Last night was the first night in almost a week that I wasn't woken up with contractions for a few hours during the night, but I was up half the night with nausea and feeling feverish (even though I don't have a fever - weird). It's hard not to get excited since I didn't have any contractions prior to having my dd. But this time I have them all the time and I start to think it might happen sooner than later. Who knows?!?
post #114 of 117
I've never had the opportunity to eat or drink anything during labor since my other two were born in a hospital so I'm taking notes. I will definately have a watermelon in the fridge to cut up and pass around. I've only birthed when it was cooler out and none of the comfort food I usually have on hand afterwards sounds good now. Who wants to heat up the oven when it is 80 out? I had my blessing on sunday and people signed up to bring food and to take the girls off of my hands starting two weeks out from the birth and my mom was going to be bringing by food before that. I had my home visit with the mw today and I am getting so excited to be birthing at home this time!
post #115 of 117

Woohoo

I just had my home visit with my mw. She said from now on, if I go into labor she'll deliver at home (I'll be 36 weeks tomorrow). I'm so excited! It's finally here! I'm going to have a baby (God willing) sometime in the next 6 weeks and he's going to be born at home! Yay!
post #116 of 117
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woohoo!! My homevisit is TOMORROW. It is absolutely surreal that I'm this far along in my pregnancy.
post #117 of 117
My home visit is tomorrow too!
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