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post #21 of 35

I used an actual sitz bath that fits on my toilet for my last two births. I really liked it. I would grab that book I read during these sessions, get a cup of tea or water, head into the bathroom and close the door, and then take 20 minutes of completely quiet time to soak and read. It was a nice ritual for the first two weeks. I did it twice a day.

 

What are these herbs for postpartum cramping? I'm on baby #4 and my cramps were AWFUL last time.

 

 

Help!!

Sarah*

post #22 of 35

I've used Wishgarden Afterease the past 3-4 times- also liquid calcium/magnesium which I couldn't use last time because I had a mild PPH but I've ordered 2 bottles and also hoping placenta remedy (encapsulated) may help as well. For me it's awful- with each baby it gets worse and I cringe/have to take deep breaths as if I'm in transition everytime I have to nurse those 5 days or so after birth. Sitzbath toilet thingy is in my midwife's birth kit too- I've never used one before so I guess I'll be trying that out too.

post #23 of 35
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Originally Posted by serenityjewell View Post

I used an actual sitz bath that fits on my toilet for my last two births. I really liked it. I would grab that book I read during these sessions, get a cup of tea or water, head into the bathroom and close the door, and then take 20 minutes of completely quiet time to soak and read. It was a nice ritual for the first two weeks. I did it twice a day.

 

What are these herbs for postpartum cramping? I'm on baby #4 and my cramps were AWFUL last time.

 

 

Help!!

Sarah*




Sarah, that sitz bath sounds glorious. I think I want to do that now, just to get 20 minutes of quiet time to myself.

post #24 of 35
Thread Starter 

Preparing for birth...

 

I just found out my doula, who is a good friend, won't be able to be with me as long as we had planned, maybe not even for the birth. This throws off my whole balance. I was really counting on her because I have no friends or family here and while my husband is a great guy, he's not the birth companion I have been hoping for. She was going to come down for a month, maybe longer, and now we are talking a week. She is bringing from the US pretty much all the baby stuff I have bought on my own (cloth diapers, some post-partum mama care) so if she doesn't make it before the birth then I have practically nothing for the baby. I was also counting on her (big-time!) for postpartum and breast feeding help.

 

I'm sure everything will be ok but it is very disappointing and is throwing me for a loop, since I'm due in about 5 weeks. I know I'm a big girl :) but the thought of going thru this without any friends or family is increasingly hard. Like I said, my hubs is a great guy but I can't translate every word from my birth books or "teach" him how to be the birth partner I want... I'm too impatient to explain everything in Spanish & not that I even know what I want or need... I've never done this before! He is used to his sisters, mother, grandmother (a MW herself) never being nervous or fearful of birth - so my thoughts and worries are best heard by a girlfriend. And it's hard to express everything in Spanish.

 

My MW is cool but I think there will be 2 interns there, too. I really wanted someone who knows me to be there, especially my friend who is a legit doula. I was really banking on having someone to look out for me in this crazy place.

post #25 of 35

Oh no, that sucks Guatemama. Is she coming down close to your due date?

post #26 of 35
Thread Starter 

LL: I think the best we can do is "pick a week" somewhere around my due date. She's bringing a lot of things that will help me feel less insane and more prepared so I was counting on her arrival before my due date. But then I have a "feeling" I'll be a week or more post-due (my mama was with my brother & me, so just guessing). Not sure how to get the best of both worlds but either way something will happen! Thanks for asking :)

post #27 of 35

Well, maybe she will come and it will be at exactly the right time!  And if you go into labor earlier, maybe she will be coming soon after so you can have all you baby stuff.

post #28 of 35

So sorry to hear it.  Maybe she could mail your stuff down so you have it to feel more prepared, and then come closer to when you think you'll actually have the baby?  I know it would probably be costly, but might be worth the peace of mind?  I hope you can work something out.

post #29 of 35

I haven't read thru this thread, But I definitely want to and will. Just wanted to throw in my 2 cents.

 

Man after preparing for a homebirth this time, looking back at that 'huge list' I had for the hospital is NOTHING! LOL Here are my lists, copied and pasted. I got most of the info and ideas for homebirth prep from the Homebirth Board on here.

 

HOME BIRTH LIST:

 

Decorative:
Twinkle lights
Candles; lilac, cut grass, vanilla, fresh linen
Flowers:artificial and fresh
screw hooks
mobiles
bath rug
Towel racks or hooks
Pretty Pictures and frames
Clear Jar with Orange and blue glass stones to hold flowers

Make a rice Sock

Supplies to buy:
Towels
2 Big Storage Bins
Hose Suitable to Drink from
BLEACH! VINEGAR! PEROXIDE!
Pads
Tucks
Chux
Dim Light Bulbs
Nursing Tops
More undies
Betadine
Witch Hazel(No alcohol in it)
Large Cheap Bowls
Thermometer
Thank You cards
Popsicle molds
LARGE Pot(s) {Borrow?}
Bath Rug

In Actual Supply Box
Newborn Diapers
Chux
Betadine
Bulb Syringe
Thermometer
Straws
Large Garbage Bags
Baby Hats
Receiving Blankets
Flashlight
Underwear
Kotex
Q-Tips
Newborn Clothes
Olive Oil
Tub Supplies (Hose, Pump, Liner, Attachments...)
Ziploc Freezer Bag(s)
Paper Towels
Hair bands and clips
Baby Wipes
Matches
Measuring Tape
Lotion
Chap Stick
frivilous



Food to Have:
Waffle Mix
Yogurt
Cheese Sticks
Bread
Eggs
Almond Butter
Coconut Water
Silk Brand Coconut Milk
Vitamin Waters
Capri Sun (Pacific Cooler)
Orange Juice (Pulp Free)
V8 SPlash
Real Coconuts?
Honey
Watermelon
Pasta Salad (Supplies)
Fruit salad stuff, canned fruit+Strawberries/Bananas/Apples/grapes
Crackers-Wheat Thins, Graham
Meatloaf stuff?

Have Coconut Water Pops and RRLT Pops ready made

To Do:
Organize Entire House.
    •    Top of Fridge
    •    Washing Machine Area
    •    Microwave Shelf
    •    Kid's Closet
    •    Hall Closet Bottom
    •    Hall Closet Top
    •    Bathroom Cabinets

Make Up Sign For front Door
Lists for helpers regarding Birth Plan/kids/laundry/food...
Set up room. Bed. Pool. Music. Computer. Stations
Make Up Beds
Decorate/Organize Room
Sterilize all Xtra Sheets towels Receiving blankets & store in a bag in a bin.

Newborn Onesies="I'm kind of a Big deal" "I just traveled through the birth canal and all I got was this lousy tshirt" "Hi. I'm New Here." "50% Mommy 50% Daddy 100% Perfect" "HOMEMADE" "Worth the Wait" "That's It. I'm Moving!"

Tie Dye Baby things

Wash and Install Infant Carseat

To Do in Early Labor:
Shop for any Food We Don't Have (See Food List Above)
Charge Batteries for cameras.
SET UP TUB
SET UP ROOM(Put things out, within reach)
Move Computer to room and set up iMovie camera.
Make Food (Fruit Salad, Pasta Salad, Popcicles/Flavored Ice, Waffles or Cookies...)
Pick Flowers
Last minute Chores, (Dishes, Laundry, Vacuum...)
SLEEP AND REST
Light Candles
Put Blankets in Dryer to Get Warm when Time
Fill Pots with water and Boil
Call Helpers


Make Coconut Ice: Equal Parts Coconut Water and Silk Brand Coconut Milk, add a couple of drops of Coconut flavor. Freeze. Shave in Snow Cone Maker

Freeze RRL Tea and Shave

"Make your own flexible icepacks by combining rubbing alcohol and water.
Use one part alcohol to 3 parts water. If you increase the ratio of alcohol,
the frozen mixture will be slushier, gentler. Put this mixture into a
condom and tie the end closed like you would a balloon. After it is
frozen you may want to put another condom over it. This can then be
wrapped in soft flannel. The idea is that this shape would be more
ergonomic. It is to be applied the same way you put a hot dog in a bun."





Make a sign for your door. :

"At homebirths we mother the mother. Please do something helpful/useful while you are here. Sweep the floor, quietly do the dishes, wash a load of laundry, or take out the trash. But most importantly, limit your stay to 15 minutes."
 

 

To Pack For Hospital (From Previous Pregnancy)

 

To Pack for the Hospital:

Clothes
    •    Outfit to go home in. Black Striped Pants Black Ruffled top, Black Tank Top
    •    T Shirts
    •    Clothes for Cedric
    •    Socks
    •    Nursing Bras
    •    Towel(s)

Toiletries:
    •    Toothbrushes
    •    Toothpaste
    •    Make Up-Blue Face Powder Compac, Pink Mascara, Brown & Black Pencils
    •    Body Wash
    •    Face Wash
    •    Hairbrush
    •    Hair Bands
    •    Shampoo
    •    Hand Sanitizer
    •    Buff Puff
    •    Lotion
    •    Allergy Medicine for Cedric
    
Entertainment:
    •    Laptop + Charger
    •    Card Reader
    •    AA Batteries +Charger
    •    Kodak Camera
    •    Handy Cam + Charger
    •    Canon + Battery Charger
    •    Ipod +USB Cord for Charging
    •    Ear Buds And Big Earphones
    •    Cell Phone Charger
    •    DVDs

Comforts:
    •    Pillows
    •    Quilts
    •    Fuzzy Blanket
    •    Eye Cover

Food
    •    Oatmeal Cookies
    •    Granola
    •    Fruit
    •    Change for vending machines
    •    Soda Bottle
    •    Water/Gatoraide
    •    Gum
    •    Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

post #30 of 35

I like to clean house in early labor as well as put up something to eat for after the birth- also I will send DH out for the flowers- I want something really floral- like Asiatic lilly's by my bed. I also have a bunch of black towels- good for blood and such even though I birth in tubs. I place the newborn diapers and outfit in birth supply kit so midwife knows what to put on baby as well as black cotton undies for myself and a nursing nightie so I can hop into bed after getting out of tub or maybe I will shower first and then hop into bed this time? I got some nice soy wax essential oil candles to burn during labor/birth as well as post birth to put by bed for a nice scent. I got used to using them in tub this pregnancy along with listening to birth hypnosis CD so hopefully that will help too.

post #31 of 35

I have a music playlist I called ♫ tO BiRth bY❤

 

It consists of Things like Final Fantasy Music, Norah Jones, The Chieftains, Phantom of the Opera, Superchick, Classical, Cello, Black Eyed Peas, Metalica, Creed and Linkin Park. I have experimented throughout the pregnancy while taking a bath trying to de-stress from my day and selected music that gets me into 'That Place'. It also has a couple of white noise tracks I made myself of Water running, and the ocean Waves. In case I need to drown out distractions.

post #32 of 35
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Originally Posted by greenmama66 View Post

Here's where I got the cotton one (my other babies were born in winter and I used the silk/wool one's from Engel) http://skandikids.com/cosilana-wrap-over-cotton-shirt

I've not used the mama cloth after birth- mainly because I stay in bed for 5 days and I figure everyone else has enough to deal with washing diapers so I just use the organic disposable one's.

I purchased various types of AIO newborn diapers too just to make it easy on DH whose first baby this is and he has no idea how to use a prefold LOL.


So I just got my order from Skandikids. I ordered and paid for 3 cotton ones but they sent me 1 cotton and 2 silk/wool. Do you think these will be too hot for July babies? I do love wool!
post #33 of 35
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Originally Posted by mamahen2coop View Post



Quote:
Originally Posted by greenmama66 View Post

Here's where I got the cotton one (my other babies were born in winter and I used the silk/wool one's from Engel) http://skandikids.com/cosilana-wrap-over-cotton-shirt

I've not used the mama cloth after birth- mainly because I stay in bed for 5 days and I figure everyone else has enough to deal with washing diapers so I just use the organic disposable one's.

I purchased various types of AIO newborn diapers too just to make it easy on DH whose first baby this is and he has no idea how to use a prefold LOL.




So I just got my order from Skandikids. I ordered and paid for 3 cotton ones but they sent me 1 cotton and 2 silk/wool. Do you think these will be too hot for July babies? I do love wool!


Wow, nice! They sent you 2 wool/silk ones! I've only ever had winter babes and used those so it depends how hot it will get but I think it should work okay. I have a wool/silk wrap onesie I plan to use in newborn phase as well.

 

post #34 of 35
I would think since it's light weight and breathable, and baby will probably be without pants anyway, that they should be OK. Plus I live in the Pacific Northwest- it's not like our summers are long or hot hot. We just had our first 2 consecutive days over 70 since September 3 & 4! and today wasn't even sunny, just overcast. I'm thinking summer is never going to come! I think I'll keep them though. I guess if baby looks hot then they'll make nice gifts for a winter baby.
post #35 of 35

Oh crap, NuzzleNudge, your list has made me feel completely unprepared!  I thought because I just picked up my birth kit, that I was good to go!  Well, thanks for the comprehensive list, anyhow!

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