Did you order one? What was in it?
We ordered one last time per our midwife. I think most of it went unused.
Since it will just be me and my husband I don't see a need for sterile gloves. He doesn't know how to put them on and its not like his hands haven't been down there before.
The only thing I could see would be if there was a placental issue and he needed to do a manual extraction. I think plain gloves would suffice. Same w/ all the iodine and other scrubs, right? Either its an emergency and time matters more than cleanliness or everything goes fine and there's no reason for anyone's hands to be up that far.
I think I can get chux pads at the drug store. And if not - well we own lots of towels, there'll just be more laundry to do.
Flexi straws. - have left over from the kids birthday parties.
Hats we have left over from previous. And honestly, I'm just not convinced that babies need to wear them. I know they need to be kept warm but that's the point of skin to skin, right?
The cheesy birth certificate was nice but really cheap looking and the disposable foot stamper got lots of ink that didn't wash off on baby's foot but was so dry that it barely got on the paper.
We ended up going out a few days later and buying a reusable one at a craft store.
- I wonder if you could use the blood from the placenta and do a print w/ blood - like placenta art- instead of chemicals?
Bulb syringe - I think we still have one lying around somewhere.
The only thing I can really think that I would want would be a hemostat clamp for the umbilical cord if we had some weird emergency where we needed to cut it early but honestly its hard to even come up w/ what type of emergency that would be. And the on-line kits all seem to have the cheap disposable plastic clamps which I know we won't use. I guess in an emergency we could just pinch the cord w/ our fingers until we can find something?
So, what does that leave? Are there any websites listing homebirth supplies when you're not having strangers there?