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Suggestions for mattress protection during labor? (not plastic sheeting!)

post #1 of 14
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This will be our 3rd homebirth, and I'll have to say, that skating around on a bed covered with plastic between the sheets is NOT my idea of a nice, relaxing, easy time during active labor.

 

I have always had a mattress protector on my mattress that is very high quality and cost over $100.  Then we will have the "clean" sheets we want for after the baby is born on the bed.  THEN, after that, comes the layer I'm asking about.  The midwives recommend putting a plastic shower curtain or sheeting from HD on the bed and then making the bed again (on top of the plastic) with the sheets that will be on the bed during laboring & birth.  (for those of you unfamiliar, then after the birth the dirty sheets from labor are stripped, along with the plastic sheeting, and a nice clean set of sheets waits for you underneath with no work).

 

Problem being that everything still feels so slippery to me when I test it out!  I thought recently of using temporary spray adhesive to fix the sheets to the plastic for labor, but I also wanted to ask here if anyone had any better ideas . . . ?

post #2 of 14
Couldn't you just use a second cheaper mattress cover instead?
post #3 of 14

I used a cheap one from evilmart and it worked just fine.  No slipping

post #4 of 14

A flannel backed plastic picnic table cover works real well. You place the flannel side up next to your top sheet so that you do not feel the plastic under you. I've had lots of clients to really prefer the flannel backed plastic tablecloth

post #5 of 14

Dunno, didn't give birth on the bed cept for in hospital.

 

Could you not just give birth else where (probably a dappy solution)?.

 

Otherwise, maybe pad up the mattress with fleece plankets underneath? (or towels etc), anything that isn't slippery but will soak fluids up before they hit the mattress.

 

Because of my joints, when sleeping on a normal mattresss I have to pad it out anyway and havemno probs with a load of blankets plus a fitted sheet. Its comfy, plus if my youngest decides to co sleep and has an accident, I catch it before it hits the mattress......

post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by tireesix View Post

Dunno, didn't give birth on the bed cept for in hospital.

 

Could you not just give birth else where (probably a dappy solution)?.

 

Otherwise, maybe pad up the mattress with fleece plankets underneath? (or towels etc), anything that isn't slippery but will soak fluids up before they hit the mattress.

 

Because of my joints, when sleeping on a normal mattresss I have to pad it out anyway and havemno probs with a load of blankets plus a fitted sheet. Its comfy, plus if my youngest decides to co sleep and has an accident, I catch it before it hits the mattress......


Just a guess but part of why someone might want a mattress cover might not be because they plan to actually give birth on the bed, but just in case their water breaks there, or they want to have a rest there after their waters have broken and don't feel like getting fluid on the mattress. That's the reason I want a cover, personally, because I'm planning to have the baby in the birth pool but know I might be on the bed from time to time. And to keep the mattress from any accidental blood/lochia leaks when I'm resting there with baby postpartum. 

 

post #7 of 14

Felted wool is extremely absorbent (absorbs up to 4 times its weight in liquid) and is naturally antimicrobial/antibacterial.  It is also temp-regulating.  You could pay a pretty hefty price for a wool mattress protector ($199), but then you would have another nice one for future use.  

 

Or, you could pretty easily make one or have someone else make one for you.  Look for 80-100% wool sweaters in thrift stores, cut off any tags, buttons, zippers, etc and felt them up in a washing machine.  It is a very simple* process: Put the sweater in a pillow case (to protect your machine from the lint that will be produced); wash in hot water with a little detergent; dry in a hot dryer.  Repeat if desired.  Google Search "Felt Wool Sweaters" for more details.  *If you've ever shrunk a wool sweater in the wash, you are already experienced at this.  :-)  You can then simply cut apart the sweaters into large squares and rectangles and sew a cover from just a few sweaters (if you think about it, you don't need to protect the area up by the head of the bed.)  Although, you could easily cover a Queen-sized bed in a few sweaters, if they are large.  

 

Since the felted wool does not fray, only the most basic sewing skills are required to sew it.  Also, since the wool has already been shrunk, you can toss it in the machine to wash when you're done (soak in cold water or hydrogen peroxide first to treat blood stains). Or you could toss it out since you only paid thrift store prices for it.

 

Good luck, and happy pregnancy!

post #8 of 14

I agree with Birthtender - the flannel backed tablecloth sounds like a great option - i wanted to add, if you sew...you can buy that same fabric, OR you can buy "Dry Baby"  which is a flannel backed vinyl - but quite heavy, i dont believe there would be any slipping around with that. 

post #9 of 14

I like the picnic table cover idea (with the flannel side up). But how do you make sure it doesn't slide from the sheet under it (the one that I will be sleeping on the first night after birth, when we toss the upper sheet + the table cover?). Duct tape? safety pins?

post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by mommabones View Post


Just a guess but part of why someone might want a mattress cover might not be because they plan to actually give birth on the bed, but just in case their water breaks there, or they want to have a rest there after their waters have broken and don't feel like getting fluid on the mattress. That's the reason I want a cover, personally, because I'm planning to have the baby in the birth pool but know I might be on the bed from time to time. And to keep the mattress from any accidental blood/lochia leaks when I'm resting there with baby postpartum. 

 


If this is the main reason, my suggestion would be Depends. I used them last labor on a friend's suggestion--I was skeptical, but boy: they were fantastic! My water always breaks to start labor, and as soon as mine did, I popped on my Depends and got back into bed. Labored in them until I got into the pool, and they were even better postpartum. If you're birthing on the bed, that's one thing, but personally I'd go with the less-environmentally-friendly (maybe?) but less complicated option of adult undergarments redface.gif

 

post #11 of 14

Wal Mart carries bidegradable plastic drop cloths. They are green.  I used them for my last birth. They DO break down, and are not slippery on the bed.

post #12 of 14

I think the blue drop cloths would be great.  They are disposable, and are waterproof, but they lie where you put them and fluids bead up on them.  I personally preferred picnic table cloths with flannel on the back, and got a few at the dollar store that were out of season (Christmas in July!).  I don't like the vinyl smell, so I opened the pkgs and let them outgas in the garage for a couple of weeks before the birth.  No smell!

 

post #13 of 14

I actually hated the flannel backed tablecloth.  It made everything so much hotter.

 

My suggestion would be either wool or fleece.  I have an old wool army blanket I got at the surplus store for between DS' sheet and mattress, and after washing it a few times, that sucker is THICK.  When it's in the wash, I put a fleece blanket over the mattress instead.  The fleece isn't as resistant as the wool, since it isn't that thick (it's a cheapy blanket), but a layer of good thick fleece (a piece from the fabric store), maybe with something on top for absorbency (like a towel or a couple PFs) would work just fine in case of water breakage.

 

Or, if you make your own diapers, and happen to have some PUL around, that would do the job quite well.  But I wouldn't spend on PUL if you didn't have another use for it. 

post #14 of 14

We do army wool blankets too- I paid $20 each at the surplus store.  They are awesome mattress protection!

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