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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Hey y'all! I know for some of us it's pretty late in the game, but I'm a procrastinator-- what can I say?

So, I have a list of supplies from my MW, but I'm just wondering, what all do you ladies like to have on hand for a home birth? I live in a split-level, and we're planning on the baby being born downstairs (so, not my bedroom) and we'll have a fishy pool and a waterproof cover on the couch, along with the stuff my MW recommends-- what about you?

 

Here's the list my MW has

For the Birth Area

~ clean sheets (3+)

~ clean towels (bath & beach sized)

~plastic sheeting (shower curtain, painter’s drop cloth, ect)

~ incontinence pads (“chux” – package of 20)

~ plastic garbage bags (large & medium)

~ heating pad or hot water bottle

For Labor

~ setting = candles, music, camera, massage oils, ect

~ electrolyte drink (re-charge, ice chips, juice ice chips, emergen-c, pediolyte)

~ flexible straws

~ protein snacks, mom’s favorite foods, quick energy snacks

~ variety of pillows – all sizes

~ fleet enema

~ thermometer

For Birth & After

~ crockpot or regular pot (for hot water)

~ wash cloths (for hot & cold use)

~ vitamin E oil (bottle-liquid)

~ bulb syringe

~ quart sized ziplocks (2+) &/or container for placenta

~ baby (receiving) blankets - some old & some new

~ baby HAT for just after birth – more for later ~ baby clothes & diapers

~ LARGE menstrual pads

~ peri bottle (squirt bottle for perineum)

~ golden seal powder (for baby’s cord)

~ nursing clothes, big comfortable underwear,

~ green drinks, chlorophyll, flourdix (liduid iron), arnica, rescue remedy, sitz bath herbs, ect, ect..

Cord clamp or ring

post #2 of 26

The kit is on my to-do list this weekend too :)  Off the top of my head, this is how we'll set up:

Bed:  bottom layer Wool Blanket-- then Clean sheets-- then plastic barrier -- top layer birthing sheets -- chux pads and towels when needed

For Energy: coconut water and EmergenC -- chocolate chia pudding -- homemade herbal ice pops -- other snacks tbd

For Comfort: hot water bottle -- massage oil with EOs -- arnica -- crock pot, wash cloths and EOs

For the Messy: trash bags -- extra rags and ratty towels -- basin for sick -- spray bottle for cleanups and for cleaning birth pool after

For Beauty: music -- incense -- camera -- video -- candles

For Baby: ratty but soft receiving blankets for light wipe off -- organic receiving blankets (in basket on dryer to warm) -- bowl for placenta

For Me: comfrey pads in freezer -- peri bottles (one herbal, one water) -- mama cloth & those big unders -- cheesecake

 

I also have a little wellness kit that has like sitz bath herbs and stuff in it... There was a fun thread a while back where folks were talking about their wellness kits too-- here's the link

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1348421/birth-newborn-wellness-kit

 

We'll see how much I've forgotten when I sit down tonight with my list from last time  :)
 

post #3 of 26

I'm not planning a homebirth, but I want cheesecake on my list, too! lol.gif

post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by mudhugger View Post

For Energy: coconut water and EmergenC -- chocolate chia pudding -- homemade herbal ice pops -- other snacks tbd

 

What kind of herbal ice pops are you making?  This sounds like a great idea! 

post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by katiedidder View Post

 

What kind of herbal ice pops are you making?  This sounds like a great idea! 

I did red raspberry leaf tea popsicles with my last and they were AMAZING! After the birth I switched to a combo of RRL and mother's milk tea. I think they really helped me in getting enough liquids both during labor and postpartum and I am totally making them this time too. 

 

I don't have much in my birth kit: 

cord clamps and scissors

cord rings

foot printer

keepsake birth certificate

towels/sheets/blankets/

waterproof pads

a couple of chux pads

tinctures for hemorrhage 

fish scale

two BIG bottles of peroxide in case I miss the sheets again and birth/bleed all over the floor lol

 

my post partum kit consists of:

rice socks

peri cold packs

depends

mesh panties

fabric to wrap my belly

herb infused oils for my perineum and belly

witch hazel and after birth herbs to put in my peri bottle

sleep nursing bra and breast pads

more waterproof pads 

raw honey for tears

a sitz bath in case I want it

epsom salt

hemp powder for protein/placenta shakes

 

I also keep coconut water on hand at all times and will make sure to have extra for the birth and postpartum period.  And I need to pick up some stool softener or something because my bowels grind to a halt immediately after birth :-/ 

post #6 of 26

Mine's fairly standard. Including most of the above (without the clamps and doodads or any tinctures/supplements/herbs...I should investigate...)

 

I feel like I still need to get:

-tarp and old comforter for under the tub

-steamer for placenta preperation afterwards (and looking for the chinese pepper that's supposed to be steamed too...)

-capsule machine for placenta capsules

-enema to have on hand

-camera (I left ours out in the rain over the winter... I guess DH's phone will have to do...)

-another plastic sheet....I'm not sure if I'll want to be on the futon in the living room or our own bed....I'd like to have them both prepared.

post #7 of 26

athletic ball.  birth tub and air pump. chuck pad to sit on after i had the baby. sterile scissors and something to tie off the cord. arnica. i also had a radio and candles. poweraide to drink while in labor.
 

i have very fast labors, i was only in the birth tub an hour before dd was born, i dont need a lot of stuff while im laboring. 

post #8 of 26

My midwife's birth kit (weirdly worded because I literally copy-pasted from the site we order it from):

Alcohol Prep Pads

Lube Jelly - Sterile

Tape Measure Infant Paper

Bulb Syringe

Gauze - Sterile 4x4

Hat - Baby, 100% Cotton

Peri Bottle

Straws - Flexi

Birth Certificate

Foot Printer - Kleenprinter & Newborn ID Form

Pant - Mesh Premium

Pads - Maternity Pads w/ tails (12)

Underpad - Washable (basically a washable chux)

Underpad - Deluxe Large (disposable chux)

Gloves - Nitrile Pairs - Purple

Lancets - Neat Nick

Cord Tape

 

Other supplies the midwife has us gather:

-Clean towels and washcloths (kept hidden so we don't use them before the birth)

-Massage oil

-2 sets of sheets

-Tarp to cover the "clean" sheet

-Tarp for under birth tub

-Peroxide for blood clean up

-Cheap flannel receiving blankets for immediately after the birth

-2 baby hats

-Space heater

-2 large ziplocks for placenta

 

Stuff we are gathering for the birth:

-Rented an aqua doula tub, bought a clean hose and fishnet to go with it (it comes with everything else you need)

-Food/snacks for birth team. I need to clean out our fridge today and then the plan from now until baby comes is to just try and be reasonably stocked with easy foods (crackers, cheese, hummus, veggies, etc), along with coffee.

-Food/drinks for me: coconut water, smart water (I can't deal with the taste of other energy drinks), watermelon, honey sticks, cheap chocolate pudding (one of the midwives I used to work with would joke that pudding makes babies come out), popsicles (I made some berry & RRL/nettles tea popsicles yesterday after seeing the suggestion here!), chicken broth.

-Possibly stuff to make a birthday cake during early labor (assuming I have a long early labor and need distraction). 

-Heating pad--both a microwavable buckwheat one for me, and an electric one to keep baby blankets warm (you wrap them around the heating pad and keep them inside a pillow case). 

-Birth ball

 

For postpartum:

-Stuff to make waffles and bacon for after the baby is born

-Paper plates, napkins, etc (which we never, ever use normally, but I figure will be helpful for that first week)

-Lots o' pads in all shapes & sizes

-Peri herbs.  I actually really love the mix from here: http://inhishands.com/Herbal-Afterbirth-Bath.213  I worked as a homebirth assistant for years and we always used that so I think I have a weird attachment to it, but it smells really great, has a good mixture of stuff, and makes several gallons of concentrated periwash. 

-I'm going to make some crotchsicles after the birth (my mom is going to make the periwash while I'm in labor), so I'll use some of that to make them.  You can also take a disposable diaper, open it up, and shove crushed ice into it, which I might do with a few of the disposables we were gifted. 

post #9 of 26

This is on my list to do this week.  At my last appointment my mw's were surprised I hadn't done this yet :)  

 

My list is very similar to Katiedidder's with a few exceptions...

 

bottle of soluble

sea salt

iodine

olive oil for massage, baby tush, and lube for checks

peroxide

alcohol

plastic tablecloths instead of tarps- these work awesome and I just had her throw them away last time :)

plastic sheet for my bed- comes in my kit

motherwort tincture for afterbirth pains

 

Other random things I am thinking of boxing together- bags of trail mix, hard candy- which I didn't like last time, pre made grape juice, a couple of nursing night gowns, a couple of blankets for me- last time I was naked after having DS3 and I really just needed a blanket while waiting for the placenta while nursing him- so I am going to put a soft clean one that can also be tossed in my kit...  Probably a couple of polar fleece ones I have laying around.  Maybe I will put some extra sheets in too to cover up in- assuming I have the baby in the living room again. 

 

I need to get an exercise ball and stash a couple of good movies for labor too- did that with DS2 and it really kept my mind off things :)  Just rocking on that ball and not thinking about it...  I love the popsicle idea too.

post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by katiedidder View Post

 

What kind of herbal ice pops are you making?  This sounds like a great idea! 

 

I've got a few kinds in mind (we go kind of nutty for homemade pops here, so even if I don't eat them, they'll get gone)  :)  For most of these I make a tea from the herbs and only add the liquid.  Usually I love the way whole hibiscus looks with the pale ginger aid, but the flowers would annoy the hell out of me in labor-- same with the mint leaves-- so everything will be just herbal liquid blended into the fruits/juices.

 

1) Strawberry Lime with RRL and nettles

2) Grape Berry with dandelion bitters and root for fatigue/exhaustion and a liver tonic

3) Ginger Aid with hibiscus flowers for stomach upset and vit C

4) Mint Lemonade with catnip and chamomile for nausea and tension relief (ha!)

 

DS also loves a maple coconut carob one I make, so I might make those as well. 

post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by mudhugger View Post

1) Strawberry Lime with RRL and nettles

2) Grape Berry with dandelion bitters and root for fatigue/exhaustion and a liver tonic

3) Ginger Aid with hibiscus flowers for stomach upset and vit C

4) Mint Lemonade with catnip and chamomile for nausea and tension relief (ha!)

 

DS also loves a maple coconut carob one I make, so I might make those as well. 

Those sound SO yummy! mmmmmm..... especially the mint lemonade

 

The only things I have left to get for my birth kit is a hose to fill the tub and yummy food stuff. Oh and I need to wash some more towels. But otherwise I'm pretty much set. We ordered thebirth kit my midwife had setup for us online and I gathered together the stuff that wasn't included on it. I told hubby after the birth I want freshly made strawberry shortcake with a strawberry fool too! I've been loving strawberries this pregnancy. :)

post #12 of 26

Mudhugger- holy smokes do those sound awesome!  If I might ask a dumb question- what do you freeze them in?  I tried the little molds- but don't love them enough to buy more- well that and my kids lost the stick part to them....  Otherwise I was thinking about just buying some of the Edys ones.  I love those- but the herbs sound like a fantastic addition :)

post #13 of 26
Thread Starter 

Do you just make a smoothie kind of deal and use the herbal tea instead of ice or something, and then freeze it? Walk me through this, I have no idea because I've never done anything like that before.

 

Also... it never even occurred to me to buy a hose to fill the pool.  How is that for sad?  What kind of hose do you get?  Does it just attach to the kitchen sink or something?  Please splain! 
 

post #14 of 26

Pool hoses should preferably be the type for potable water (they sell them for RVs,etc to fill their water tanks).  Typical garden hoses have a lot of chemicals in them that can be kind of nasty. 

We bought this one: http://www.amazon.com/Valterra-W01-5300-White-Drinking-Water/dp/B000BGHTK2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1337730736&sr=8-4 but you can find them in stores too.

 

To attach it to a sink, often you will need some sort of adapter.  You typically have to unscrew a little filter piece that is on the end of most faucets and then check to see if the hose will screw directly into the faucet.  If not, they sell the adapters at all hardware stores. 
 

post #15 of 26

I think we're just getting a garden hose or a hose from a pet store -- one that is about 15 to 20 feet long. I'll be looking for one that can be used for drinking water that is lead-free. To fill it up we'll be attaching to the water supply for our clothes washer. Our basement is fully finished and it will be super convenient to fill it up this way I think. I think if you attach it to the kitchen sink you'd need to get an adapter or something.

post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by katiedidder View Post

Pool hoses should preferably be the type for potable water (they sell them for RVs,etc to fill their water tanks).  Typical garden hoses have a lot of chemicals in them that can be kind of nasty. 

We bought this one: http://www.amazon.com/Valterra-W01-5300-White-Drinking-Water/dp/B000BGHTK2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1337730736&sr=8-4 but you can find them in stores too.

 

To attach it to a sink, often you will need some sort of adapter.  You typically have to unscrew a little filter piece that is on the end of most faucets and then check to see if the hose will screw directly into the faucet.  If not, they sell the adapters at all hardware stores. 
 

Thanks Katie! We're going to order that one on amazon.

post #17 of 26

Has anyone ever heard of Milton's? Its a hypochlorite solution that you can use to sterilize a birth tub. Do you know where to get it? Has anyone had any experience cleaning a birth tub before? and if so what did you use?

post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by iowaorganic View Post

Mudhugger- holy smokes do those sound awesome!  If I might ask a dumb question- what do you freeze them in?  I tried the little molds- but don't love them enough to buy more- well that and my kids lost the stick part to them....  Otherwise I was thinking about just buying some of the Edys ones.  I love those- but the herbs sound like a fantastic addition :)

 

I do use the molds mostly.  I have two sets-- one with the sticks, and one that we lost the sticks to...but I just cut a thin branch from an apple and a maple tree out back and whittled the bark off and cut them to the right length.  Voila, smooth, non-toxic sticks.  I guess if I haven't let on how crunchy I am before this, there it is.  :)   After the pops freeze up I keep them in a flat container with waxed paper woven between them.  I'm also a big fan of the silicone ice cube trays-- I make extra of the liquid and we put the cubes in iced tea or lemonade for extra flavor.  (This is pretty when you freeze lemonade with violets in it and drop them into iced tea, but I digress...)  You definitely have to play with the flavors to find your preference.  Last summer I made some cucumber mint pops that my friends loved, but I didn't care for them at all.  I made them again with mango added, and yum!  If you make a batch you don't like you can add them to a smoothie too. 

 

Rereading this post, I realize my pregnancy hormones have quite possibly taken my fondness for homemade pops to a whole new (and slightly obsessive?) level of passion :)  Thanks for giving me the space to ramble on-- lol.

post #19 of 26

Uhhhh you just snap a twig and whittle it down?  Can we say super woman Mudhugger?  Yeah I googled it and decided to go with plastic spoons and dixie cups.  I think I am supposed to cut a slit in foil to keep the spoon straight- but I am just going to throw them in and it will be fine even if it is leaning...

post #20 of 26

So I made a couple pops last night since I coudn't stop thinking about them... Here's a picture of the Ginger Hibiscus

ginger_hibiscus pops.JPG
The Mint Lemonade aren't as pretty, but they are delicious.  I figure I'll write up the recipes in case anyone's interested in making some.

 

Ginger Hibiscus Pops

1 1/2 c water with ~2" of diced ginger root, simmered to your preferred strength then strained

1/3 c honey added to the still warm ginger tea, stirred til dissolved

1 cinnamon stick to the tea while it cools

Once cool add ~1/4 c dried hibiscus flowers, pour it all into a jar and let it sit in fridge until it all turns a deep red-- then strain

1T lime juice added to strained mixture-- then pour it all into molds and freeze

 

Herbal Mint Lemonade Pops

Steep in ~1 c hot water:

1/2 c dried catmint leaves

1 camomile tea bag

1/2 c dried mint leaves

Strain and while still warm, add 1/4 c coconut palm sugar & <1/4c sugar (or sweeten to taste) -- stir til dissolved

When cool, add 1/2+ c lemon juice -- then pour into molds and freeze

 

I haven't made the strawberry and grape ones with the herbs yet, so when I do and they pass a taste test, I can post those recipes too.  This preparing for a homebirth thing is so much fun!

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