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post #21 of 79
Tulula-your midwife should have a bunch of supplies that mothers give her back after they do not use them. Have you asked? I know our midwife is collecting a bunch of stuff for us.
post #22 of 79
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Originally Posted by Talula Fairie View Post
Floradix is the best possible iron supplement .
It worked wonders for me last time!
post #23 of 79
Talk to your midwife, most of the stuff on supply lists are not often needed and negotiable.
post #24 of 79
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Originally Posted by Spring Sun View Post
Tulula-your midwife should have a bunch of supplies that mothers give her back after they do not use them. Have you asked? I know our midwife is collecting a bunch of stuff for us.
She knows my situation. She did give me some chux pads, though I'll need to buy some more.

Here is the list, maybe you guys can suggest where to get this stuff inexpensively? I know we can squeeze out the money somehow. Also, I can cut out the birth pool or buy a cheap one. My midwife has these huge black rubbermaid tubs...which I'd rather not birth in but it's better than nothing. There is also the good ol' fishy pool, but I really want a La Bassine. Considering it's my last birth, my only homebirth, and we're already shelling out four grand for the midwife, it seemed like maybe not the right place to be frugal If I'm going for the birth of my dreams I may as well get my fancy pool. Plus it's not like I can't reuse the thing for my kids to play in or something.

Anyway here is the list (I am omitting anything I already have).

chux pads (need 1 more bag)

postpartum pads for me (either I need to buy like 2-3 more heavy flow cloth

pads plus 2 liners each or I need to buy a few boxes of disposables)

2 large bottles of hydrogen peroxide (I could probably skip this, but it's cheap anyway. I have one bottle and it says it's just for removing stains, which I don't care about that much, esp on cheapo sheets I'm going to get at a thrift sore or Wal mart for the birth).

2 large flannel backed plastic tablecloths, large rectangle (I assume this is also for preventing stains? I can get a $1 shower curtain at Wal Mart instead of this)

1 box 4x4 sterile gauze pads

1 digital thermometer (I *think* I have a BBT thermometer leftover from TTC....somewhere around here)

1 box bendable straws (this is just for me drinking in labor...I can skip this too or just get a $1 box of them)

1 small bottle of olive oil

1 box Kleenex

Nursing pads

3 bottles of electrolyte drink (I'll definitely be buying this, and that's not too expensive)

Juices/food for the birth....uh, I vomit a lot (HG plus I always ralph in labor) so this is going to be like....smoothies and that's it. Maybe some fruit.

16 oz pop top water bottle

50 ft garden hose for draining birth pool (I actually think I am going to get an aquarium hose as recommended in the homebirth sticky about waterbirth supplies. They run about $10 to $20. I'll need a faucet adapter too).

6-8 cotton/flannel receiving blankets, the thin inexpensive kind. This one is listed as important and I don't get why? I really don't like the flannel receiving blankets. I plan on buying receiving blankets anyway though since my blanket stash is running a bit low.

2-3 cotton knit newborn hats. I really think one is enough here, JMO. Especially for a birth in the dead of summer.

Diapers are listed, and I just need like 12 kissaluvs and 4-6 covers. I wanted some wool but I think I'll just get all PUL, like Thirsties or Bummis.

2 sets of sheets. This I will get at a thrift store or Wal Mart.

6 towels. Another thing I will buy el cheapo at Wal Mart.

8-10 wash cloths or clean rags (do I really need that many?)

Optional Supplements:

rescue remedy (how well does this work?)

Aconiate 30 or 200 C (another one I am wondering about)

the other supplements I have already (eccinacea) or cannot take (St. John's Wort tincture...bad for bipolar patients).

Arnica 30 or 200 C (for bleeding and brusing, this one I probably will invest in as I'm a bleeder and had a lot of brusing and swelling in my previous births).

Last but not least, I will need the actual birth pool if I don't use my midwife's.

***

As you can see, most of this stuff is not expensive, it's just when you combine it all together that it gets pricey.
post #25 of 79
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Originally Posted by Talula Fairie View Post
She knows my situation. She did give me some chux pads, though I'll need to buy some more.

Here is the list, maybe you guys can suggest where to get this stuff inexpensively? I know we can squeeze out the money somehow. Also, I can cut out the birth pool or buy a cheap one. My midwife has these huge black rubbermaid tubs...which I'd rather not birth in but it's better than nothing. There is also the good ol' fishy pool, but I really want a La Bassine. Considering it's my last birth, my only homebirth, and we're already shelling out four grand for the midwife, it seemed like maybe not the right place to be frugal If I'm going for the birth of my dreams I may as well get my fancy pool. Plus it's not like I can't reuse the thing for my kids to play in or something.

Anyway here is the list (I am omitting anything I already have).

chux pads (need 1 more bag)

postpartum pads for me (either I need to buy like 2-3 more heavy flow cloth

pads plus 2 liners each or I need to buy a few boxes of disposables)

2 large bottles of hydrogen peroxide (I could probably skip this, but it's cheap anyway. I have one bottle and it says it's just for removing stains, which I don't care about that much, esp on cheapo sheets I'm going to get at a thrift sore or Wal mart for the birth).

2 large flannel backed plastic tablecloths, large rectangle (I assume this is also for preventing stains? I can get a $1 shower curtain at Wal Mart instead of this)

1 box 4x4 sterile gauze pads

1 digital thermometer (I *think* I have a BBT thermometer leftover from TTC....somewhere around here)

1 box bendable straws (this is just for me drinking in labor...I can skip this too or just get a $1 box of them)

1 small bottle of olive oil

1 box Kleenex

Nursing pads

3 bottles of electrolyte drink (I'll definitely be buying this, and that's not too expensive)

Juices/food for the birth....uh, I vomit a lot (HG plus I always ralph in labor) so this is going to be like....smoothies and that's it. Maybe some fruit.

16 oz pop top water bottle

50 ft garden hose for draining birth pool (I actually think I am going to get an aquarium hose as recommended in the homebirth sticky about waterbirth supplies. They run about $10 to $20. I'll need a faucet adapter too).

6-8 cotton/flannel receiving blankets, the thin inexpensive kind. This one is listed as important and I don't get why? I really don't like the flannel receiving blankets. I plan on buying receiving blankets anyway though since my blanket stash is running a bit low.

2-3 cotton knit newborn hats. I really think one is enough here, JMO. Especially for a birth in the dead of summer.

Diapers are listed, and I just need like 12 kissaluvs and 4-6 covers. I wanted some wool but I think I'll just get all PUL, like Thirsties or Bummis.

2 sets of sheets. This I will get at a thrift store or Wal Mart.

6 towels. Another thing I will buy el cheapo at Wal Mart.

8-10 wash cloths or clean rags (do I really need that many?)

Optional Supplements:

rescue remedy (how well does this work?)

Aconiate 30 or 200 C (another one I am wondering about)

the other supplements I have already (eccinacea) or cannot take (St. John's Wort tincture...bad for bipolar patients).

Arnica 30 or 200 C (for bleeding and brusing, this one I probably will invest in as I'm a bleeder and had a lot of brusing and swelling in my previous births).

Last but not least, I will need the actual birth pool if I don't use my midwife's.

***

As you can see, most of this stuff is not expensive, it's just when you combine it all together that it gets pricey.
I've had 7 HB's, ladt 6 UC. I know all about the midwife's list. Just b/c she put you need a box of guaze pads does not mean you really do. You can buy singles of most of this stuff at www.inhishands.com I just got my supplies today. After 7 births at home this is what I bought. The amount of chux is overkill. Olive oil is not needed for waterbirth. If she wants she can use whatever oil you have already at time of birth.

Delee suction
2 guaze pads
2 single gloves, large
4 large cux
2 smaller chux
Kiddie pool
2 plastic cord clamps
2 bendie straws
Scrub w/ iodine for dh's hands JIC
Foot imprinter w/ ink
Baby tape measure, paper, to put in baby book
$53 shipped

What I already have and will use from prior experience.

2-3 towels, just use our bath towels, they are brown
1 old fitted sheet for bed after birth, I will birth in tub
scissors
Depends, I got free from samples online. I use 2 usually, then go to regular paper pads, then onto cloth in a week, so 1-2 packs or 1 jumbo size Equate, cheap
Jar to put alcohol and boiled scissors until ready to use
Sheperd's Purse
1 baby hat, one is fine. You can cover baby's head w/ towel or blanket
Hose, never used anything, but a garden hose, newly bought or old one bleached out.
Hydrogen peroxide, used to bleach out stains once, used partial of 1 bottle

Never used
Baby blankets
Thermometer, have a BBT
Plastic or flannel backed plastic on bed
post #26 of 79
Oh, thanks!!! I'll definitely cross some of that off my list. I too thought the list was overkill for the most part.
post #27 of 79
ok I updated my list and figured out all the estimated costs

2 more Sckoon cloth pad liners $25, Amazon

baby toiletries (diaper cream, wash, lotion) $30 Whole Foods

1 boppy $25, Target

nursing bras $70, Amazon

wipes warmer $15 Wal Mart

1 large shower curtain $1 Wal Mart or Dollar Store

1 digital thermometer $5 Wal Mart

1 small bottle of olive oil $5 Wal Mart

1 box Kleenex $1 Dollar Store

Nursing pads $6 Target

3 bottles of electrolyte drink $3 or less, Wal Mart or Winco

Juices/food for the birth $15 Wal Mart or Winco

Birth pool $110 Yourwaterbirth.com

Aquarium hose and facet adapter $5.50 for adapter, $21.50 for hose, Yourwaterbirth.com

6 Kissaluvs and 2 PUL covers. $75 Cotton Babies

Arnica 30 or 200 C $10 Whole Foods

=423.00

My friend's husband works at a hosptial and can get me gauze, chux pads, ect. I am just going to use some old sheets I already have. My friend also has flannel blankets, postpartum herbs, hats, and baby clothes to give me I will probably just get some old towels at a thrift store or use mine, I don't have any nice towels anymore so I don't care if they get stained. I already have old sheets to use. I really do not need straws or a water bottle.

Next month I am going to buy the most important 'big' stuff, the birth pool and accessories, my postpartum pads, and my nursing bras. The rest will just have to wait until July 30th. I never go early anyway so it's not that big of a deal....I hope.

I also am going to have a garage sale this week and see what I can scrounge up.

ETA: OMG duh! I have cloth wipes already to use as washclothes. Me = prego brain. I edited accordingly.
post #28 of 79
Thanks for the Floradix Recommendations.

I got some today and took my first dose. It's really not as bad-tasting as I thought it would be, and with a cranberry juice chaser it was great. No nausea either!
post #29 of 79
I wish I could afford some Floradix this month *sigh* See, this is why we put off TTC. We were going to wait until our finances were better. I was going to get a job.

Ironically, one of the jobs I applied for literally days before getting pregnant called back last week. I could be working at Kate Spade right now...
post #30 of 79
Talula, I'm sorry you're struggling so much with money. It's so frustrating to not be able to get everything you want all settled because of funding. Have you checked out diaperswappers for the kissaluvs and covers? I bought 2 lots of KL0's on diaperswappers (one 10 diapers and one 12), each for a good price (about $9 per diaper including shipping if I'm remembering right) and in good condition. As so many babies out grow the tiny sizes in no time, the used ones are often in EXCELLENT condition.

Well, I survived the 3 hour GTT. I didn't faint or puke either. I had a rough nauseaus and shaky first hour or so, but was doing much better by the second hour and by the third I was mostly just hungry. I kept leaving the lab and going back to Target to work with DH and DD on a small registry, which was a good distraction and kept me moving. The test wiped me out - I came home, ate, and took a nap, and I've been a bit queasy and off all day. I should get the results in 24-48 hours - hopefully we'll have the results for my appointment with the midwife tomorrow afternoon. In the mean time I totally spaced on making a week long food journal (I've just switched to every other week appointments), so now I'm trying to get one put together from memory.

A couple of friends have decided to do a shower for me, and so I'm trying to do a registry. I wanted to just do a simple registry at a local big box store and maybe in the end do an online one at amazon too. In the end I've done one at Target (local), one at BRU (we have a Toys R Us close by and I'm trying to stick to things available there), and one at thethingsIwant that lists a handful of things I really want (most of which can be bought locally, just not at the big box stores). I seem to over complicate everything Any comments on the registries welcome. I'll add a handful of items to them, but not much.
post #31 of 79
Finally i have 5 minutes to myself (although i may speak too soon). One of our laptops has broken so we are down to one, which may sound like plenty but don't have a desktop pc or a tv/dvd player, so i have to fight to get computer time, especially as DH does extra work on the computer in the evenings.

I can't believe i'm 32 weeks this week, still feeling pretty good, enormous and achy but the pregnancy problems don't seem to be bothering me so much. I'm really looking forward to giving birth, just a few more things to do round the house and then i can nest properly. I still need to buy a few birthing supplies but my friend is giving me a pool.

I've been feeling a bit erm hormonal, really up and down, normally i'm quite positive but i've been having a few grumpy days, i recognise it for what it is, its not like i have anything to actually complain about. but I seem to be taking things too personally, for example i was talking to my home ed friends about smacking their children and i was the only one who was against it and i went off into a random rant about big countries picking on little countries and its all because people smack their children... and it really bothered me for days, where as normally i'm quite live and let live. I think i was just disapointed that my most 'crunchy' friends still think its ok to hit their children, and fear is a good way of getting them to do what you want.

Talula that list you had was massive! the midwives here do drop a box round either before birth or when they come round for the actual birth, but as i plan to UC i don't really count on using their supplies, i don't really have much. Could you borrow a pool or get one from ebay second hand?. The homeopathics - do you know anyone who has these, i share our my packs of remedies to all my friends before birth, you don't really need a whole pack. Will anyone get you the diapers for a before birth gift, instead of a heres your baby gift? PP pads, you 'could' make these, not sure how handy you are (i'm rubbish at that sort of thing), i was going to use prefolds for the first few days. We have also run out of money, my dh was made redundant at the begining of my pregnancy, he has another job now but all our spare cash has gone and we spend as much as he earns every month. If i lived in the US i'd send you my stuff - but i think the postage might be a bit much from here. I'm sure it will all work itself out and you will have everything you need.
post #32 of 79
Flower, yay for surviving the 3 hour GTT test!
post #33 of 79
We still have a few things to buy for our birth kit also... where are you guys getting your chux pads? Ordering them from amazon? I don't suppose I could find them at a regular pharmacy like Walgreens or CVS right?

We still need: 30 chux pads, 4 peri bottles (for each bathroom), Oxyclean, Recharge, some kind of nipple cream (trying to decide between Lansinoh and Earth Mama Angel Baby... what do you ladies like?), panty liners and Depends.

I'm 32 weeks on Friday and I am expecting I will start slowing down considerably soon. Our shower is in two weeks and we have a lot of family and friends flying in for it so we're excited about that (even though it's turned into a bit of a circus.) I am still able to keep up my usual pace but I notice if I do anything overly strenuous in the garden or if I walk too much I have a little lower backache by the end of the day. DH has been really sweet about giving me back rubs.

Oh and we had our first "stranger comment" yesterday!!! A lady walked up to me in Publix and asked when I was due so that was exciting!
post #34 of 79
You can buy chux from most stores, they are w/ incontinence prodeucts and often called underpads. 30 chux, wow, that is alot!
post #35 of 79
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You can buy chux from most stores, they are w/ incontinence prodeucts and often called underpads. 30 chux, wow, that is alot!
Thanks Annabelle! I thought it sounded like a lot too and when I saw our midwife's list it kinda left me but I figured there must be some reason why she put that many on the list... maybe because we are planning a water birth? I'll have to ask her about it at our next appointment. She also had something like 3 newborn hats on the list and DH and I had a good laugh over it because I can't imagine needing more than one (if any) in August... in Florida no less.
post #36 of 79
Our ddc had its first birth, and a healthy one, too! We are almost there ladies....of course, all of you are before me, grr...
post #37 of 79
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Thanks Annabelle! I thought it sounded like a lot too and when I saw our midwife's list it kinda left me but I figured there must be some reason why she put that many on the list... maybe because we are planning a water birth? I'll have to ask her about it at our next appointment. She also had something like 3 newborn hats on the list and DH and I had a good laugh over it because I can't imagine needing more than one (if any) in August... in Florida no less.
I have waterbirthed all of mine, except twins and you need less chux than more! I have 6 on hand and that is more than I will use. I usually use three after I birthed placenta. You only need one hat, see my other post to Talulu. One is fine. You can always cover baby w/ blanket or towel. I have never used more than one, if that.
post #38 of 79
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Our ddc had its first birth, and a healthy one, too! We are almost there ladies....of course, all of you are before me, grr...
If it makes you feel any better, I am due 8/28. One day after you. Grrr as well.
post #39 of 79
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Talula that list you had was massive! the midwives here do drop a box round either before birth or when they come round for the actual birth, but as i plan to UC i don't really count on using their supplies, i don't really have much. Could you borrow a pool or get one from ebay second hand?. The homeopathics - do you know anyone who has these, i share our my packs of remedies to all my friends before birth, you don't really need a whole pack. Will anyone get you the diapers for a before birth gift, instead of a heres your baby gift? PP pads, you 'could' make these, not sure how handy you are (i'm rubbish at that sort of thing), i was going to use prefolds for the first few days. We have also run out of money, my dh was made redundant at the begining of my pregnancy, he has another job now but all our spare cash has gone and we spend as much as he earns every month. If i lived in the US i'd send you my stuff - but i think the postage might be a bit much from here. I'm sure it will all work itself out and you will have everything you need.
I know! It was massive! Honestly I do not think I will need that much stuff, and a lot of it is kind of 'incase it's not a waterbirth' supplies.

In the last list I posted, that's the stuff I think I really will need to buy. The towels and sheets are taken care of, I really can use the ones I have, we have plenty and I don't care if they get ruined. The chux pads and gauze I can get free from my friend's husband who works in a hospital. I decided on just one homeopathic remedy, the arnica, and that's only going to cost $10 or so.

My friend who is flying in from Utah for the birth is bringing me flannel blankets, tons and tons of baby clothes, baby hats, and postpartum herbs. I figured out I really only need like 4 pad liners. I'm going to go with the sckoon pad liners becuase I already have sckoon pads. I also figured out that -HELLO!- I already have tons of wash clothes aka baby wipes I used when my kids were still in diapers.

I WISH I had someone to give me baby gifts! I thought about having my friend who's flying in host a blessingway/baby shower with presents optional, but honestly I just don't know enough people out here, and I don't think my friends from Santa Rosa are going to make the 2.5 hour trip. I don't know of anyone who has a birth pool, but ebay is not a bad idea at all. My parents have mostly decided that we have enough stuff becuase this is the third? I keep trying to tell everyone we didn't save anything because we moved twice after having our kids...but no one seems to listen.

I also should check diaperswappers for kissaluvs 0s and covers (why did I not think of that?!?)...hopefully that won't be too hard to find. I doubt it since it's a popular brand and size and newborn diapers always get sold becuase they are not worn long enough to wear out I have checked ebay several times but most people sell their kissaluvs for just about retail price anyway so I actually wouldn't save much, and Cotton Babies has a pretty good deal, 6 kissaluvs plus two free covers. Eventually I'll want to buy more, but 6 will get my infant stash up to just enough to go 1-1.5 days before I need to wash again. I already have like two covers, but they are tiiiiiiiny, so I'll need some more.

I also LOL'd a little at the hats....yeah, one will be more than enough in Sacramento in August, the hottest month of the year here. It will easily hit 100-105 the week the baby is born. Even if she's born in the middle of the night, it'll still be 70-85. It just never cools off here in the summer....like, ever

Next month I figured out what I HAVE to buy is:

Birth Pool and Accessories
1 Nursing bra
Kissaluvs

everything else can be bought at the last minute somewhere, but that's the stuff I need to get online and have to have. That's also like, half the cost? I am pretty sure we can squeeze out $200 this month and $200 next month.

Of course, if my husband gets laid off this month that changes everything. But you know, we've both come to terms with the whole thing. He'll get a year of unemployment. Our midwife will work with us on payments. There is a police Academy nearby that my husband can go to while he's on unemployment so really...it wouldn't be that huge of a loss in a way becuase there's no other way he could afford to send himself to the Academy (it's six months and unless you find a police department to sponsor you, it's without pay AND it costs about $3,000). It's possible he could find other work in Corrections through the county or something, but maybe not considering over 2,000 Corrections Officers are getting laid off...he won't be the only one looking for that line of work out here. And of course we don't know what will really happen. One day the layoffs are going through, the next day they're not, then they're back on....it's exhausting emotionally. If he does get laid off, we'll just consider it a summer vacation and hey, it'll be nice to have extra help when the baby comes.

I'm actually quite relieved to know that I'm not going to be totally alone this time. When I had #2, it was a NIGHTMARE. My first was still only 15 months old and she was already tantruming nonstop before her sister was born, it was even worse after the birth. I had PPD really bad, our apartment was a wreck becuase I couldn't put the baby down EVER...sometimes I would end up holding both kids...we also were in a 2 bedroom with our roommate, so even when we did clean it never looked good because there was no place to put anything and clutter was everywhere. Just thinking about that first year makes me shudder. I eventually got a part time job just to get out of the house, which ended up adding even more stress in the end but it was nice for awhile. I just remember spending most days totally alone with the kids in tears. Anyway, this time my friend is coming to stay with us for 25 days, my kids are not babies anymore and can get me a diaper or something if I ask (they're always eager to help). Hopefully it will be a smooth transition

Glad you survived the 3 hour GTT, Flower! The nausea and misery of it all is why I didn't take it this time around, plus I just don't think it's accurate enough to be relied upon. I did do a finger poke though. I get borderline hypoglycemic in pregnancy, I always tested out at the lowest end of normal with my last 2 and there's never sugar in my urine or any of that jazz. I do have Type 2 diabetes in my family, but only one person, and he was also morbidly obese (maternal grandpa).

Aaaaaand that is my novel! I'm so glad we're nearing the end, you guys don't even know. I am so ready to not vomit or be nauseous anymore. SO READY.
post #40 of 79
On a different note ... I had my 30-week check-up today! Here are my stats:

Weight: +18 lbs
BP: 85/56
Iron: 10.2
Baby HR: 150 bpm
Measuring on time!

I asked the Dr how I would know if I went into preterm labour and she started with the "painful contractions" talk - so I gently cut her off and told her that *last* time, I had mild contractions (like BH) overnight and went to L&D just to get checked out. Dr then asks me: And how many cm were you? I replied: 10. She then says: 10?!?! And you didn't try for a vaginal delivery? I said: No, I'd already had 2 c-sections. She says: But you were so close! I said: I dilated on my own and pushed with both of my first two labours, and couldn't push them out. She says: It would have been nice to try anyways.

Ugh. Why didn't I try? I've been through full labour, water breaking, pushing, vomiting, exhaustion, foreceps, vacuums, THEN c-section ... TWICE. Twice! Would the 3rd baby have fit because she was so early? Why didn't I try, just to see.

And will I try this time if it happens again ...
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