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what should i have on hand in case of unplanned UC?

post #1 of 10
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a little background on me: i've had 2 healthy pregnancies and mw attended homebirths. i'm currently pregnant with #3 and would have loved to had my same mw this time. she was very hands off, just let me alone to do my thing. unfortunately, we just can't afford to pay a mw this time.

once i realized this, i did talk to dh a bit about doing an UC. but there's no way. so our plan is to labor at home till near the end before we go into the hospital. but i'm scared of hospitals and really nervous about this. though i'm trying to think positively. but in labor i just want to be alone or with dh (with birth #1 mw was only present for the last 2? hours, with #2 mw was only there for the last hour), and a hospital setting is just not very private! i'm principally worried about not being able to get out of my head, not getting in tune with my body. i have been reading some stuff at unassistedchildbirth.com and am loving the idea of having a birth fantasy. even if i'm in the hospital, if i can close my eyes and relive my birth fantasy hopefully that will help me get in tune with my body.

anyway, i've rambled far away from my question. i've been trying to decide when to go into the hospital, i want it to be as late in labor as possible. i realized that in my last labor, i didn't even feel close till an hour before she was born. but of course we didn't know that then. so if we'd waited a bit to make sure things were really speeding up, then packed up, then went in. i could have had the baby in the car or even before we left! so i'm thinking of having a few things on hand just in case. sometimes an unplanned uc seems like the best thing that could happen....

so, any suggestions on what to have on hand just in case?
post #2 of 10
You really don't need much which is a good thing I'd make this small kit and just keep it somewhere where it's all together and easily accessible:

shower curtain (if you have carpet)
some old towels
some hemp twine, string, ribbon, dental floss - whatever! - to tie the cord
some clean kitchen scissors to cut the cord
large bowl like a salad bowl to catch the placenta
hand mirror (to see baby's progress)
stethoscope (optional) to monitor baby's heartbeat during labor if you want to

and be sure to get a copy of "Emergency Childbirth" which is a very short little manual and a very quick read.


And congratulations!
post #3 of 10
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thanks for the list! I was afraid there'd be something I'd miss, but it's all common sense stuff. Gathering it all up ahead of time is a good idea. That manual sounds like a good idea too.
post #4 of 10
You can buy an emergency birth kit here http://www.inhishands.com/html/birthkit.html for $11, which includes cord clamps. (PLEASE DON'T do what this father did... http://www.kens5.com/news/East-Texas...-96766524.html)
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by fruitfulmomma View Post
You can buy an emergency birth kit here http://www.inhishands.com/html/birthkit.html for $11, which includes cord clamps. (PLEASE DON'T do what this father did... http://www.kens5.com/news/East-Texas...-96766524.html)
good grief! what a ridiculous story. i'm remembering i have some supplies leftover from my last hb... gotta go check and see whats there. some underpads for sure, may use those instead of towels since i already have them.
post #6 of 10
You might also want to try HypnoBabies to help you relax and stay focused if you do end up in the hospital (good for home births, too!) I think you can probably find a used set on EBay, etc...
post #7 of 10
http://s292.photobucket.com/albums/m...C%20documents/

I would also make sure you are up to date on infant CPR and first aid.
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Originally Posted by seattlemamma View Post
http://s292.photobucket.com/albums/m...C%20documents/

I would also make sure you are up to date on infant CPR and first aid.
thanks for the link, those look great. i took a cpr course 2? years ago, but a little refresher might be a good idea...
post #9 of 10
Newborn resuscitation is very different from infant CPR. It's possible to learn the basics from the same folks, but you will want to ask. Google it to find out more.
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Originally Posted by lovestolearn View Post
Newborn resuscitation is very different from infant CPR. It's possible to learn the basics from the same folks, but you will want to ask. Google it to find out more.
good to know, thanks.
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