Originally Posted by katiemaeeee
So, for me, I've got to:
-figure out how exactly to make some soothing mixture for postpartum soreness for Mama
The recipe featured on this page is the sitz recipe that I made for myself. You can split that mixture into enough for either 3 baths, or 3 sitz solutions. I personally preferred a spray solution to a bath with DS. So nice when you go pee!! With my previous pregnancy, I took the sitz herbs and steeped them in a gallon and a half of boiling water for an hour (taken off the heat once it gets to boiling, you don't want to boil the herbs for an hour). You can either sew up some quick muslin bags to put the herbal mixture in (what I did), or you can just mix the herbs loose and then pour through some cheese cloth in a strainer. Store the sitz mixture in the fridge, and just keep putting more in a peri bottle to spray your lady bits with. Feels great, helps you to pee, mitigates stinging when you do, etc.
Originally Posted by Beckily
Also, I hate plastic diapers. If we end up doing a section, how long does the hospital stay tend to be? How many cloth diapers should I bring?
If you can live with the plastic diapers for at least the first few days, until all the meconium has worked its way out, you'll be happier. The breastfed poop comes right out, no problemo, but that meconium is some serious stainy, sticky business. With DS, I think we went through about 15 diapers per 24 hour period. But really, if you can stand the 'sposies until the poop goes from black to green, you'll save yourself some frustrating laundry.
Originally Posted by Baby_Cakes
What are you guys putting in your emergency transfer bag? I was thinking underwear, a nursing tank, clothes for the baby...?? What else might I want in the event of an emergency? It's not like candles or an ipod is going to matter. I'm just unsure what else I'll want/need. Thoughts?
In your emergency bag, have your emergency folder!! I'm not actually packing a bag, as there's nothing I would need right away, but emergency paperwork is important! Current insurance information, basic medical information (medical allergies, recent history, blood type/Rh+-, GBS neg/pos status), as well as several copies of an emergency cesarean birth plan would be good. I realize in an emergency there's only so much they can cater to, but it's good to to have something that says, "no Hep B, no artificial nipples, don't retract the foreskin, skin to skin ASAP," etc.
-finish a couple of last minute sewing projects (one more blanket to serge, and then a belly wrap to cut and serge)
-mix up my postpartum teas (general postpartum, and also a depression/mood tea). Got the herbs on Saturday, so I'll probably try to get to this tonight I think.
-make up a lavender rice pack for heating
-bottle up some tinctures that should be finished brewing next week
-take apart and clean my breast pump and all the accessories
-make up a birthing music playlist
-print out some misc. paperwork (labels for the midwives, emergency transfer plan)
-write up and mail some thank you notes
That's pretty much it at this point.