Hello! I haven't made a final decision for sure if I will be having an unassisted birth but I am very heavily considering it. This is my second pregnancy, my first child was born in the hospital after a natural drug free labor.
I have a copy of Emergency Childbirth. I think I could be much more comfortable with UC if I could find an easy to understand guide to the basics that was very straight forward. The labor itself doesn't intimidate me, it's everything after that which I am fussing over in my head. I've already got all the trust your body and birth stuff down, what I'm looking for is for concrete stuff like examples of what is needed in a birth kit and how to use everything.
Since I haven't found anything like what I'm looking for I am getting the idea there isn't anything like it so I suppose the next step is for me to come here and ask the questions I have.
What is needed in birth kit and what are all those things for? How do you sterilize the equipment like scissors? (I'm looking at birth supplies and feeling overwhelmed by all the things there are, is there anywhere that goes over describing the uses of supplies that I can actually read and review?)
The mess, how do you keep it contained and how do you clean it up afterward? With my first my fluids were leaking everywhere the entire hospital and it was meconium stained, how do you deal with that at home? Assuming I decide not to keep my placenta for whatever reason, how do I dispose of it?
If I were to have a birth pool what is the process for that? It is easy to clean and set up? (I can't imagine my SO being willing to even help with cleaning that. He isn't good with body fluids and was rather disgusted with that aspect of the birth of our first)
I think there's more but that's all I can think of thus far regarding birth.
The other question is about SS card and birth certificate in California. How does that work after an unassisted birth? Particularly if my fiance and I are the only ones at the birth. I have had OB/midwife care throughout my pregnancy so proof of pregnancy wouldn't be a problem.