Originally Posted by bmcneal
At the moment, we are not planning UC as a first choice, but with the way the appointments are going with my OB, I'm not sure we'll be sticking with them for much longer, and if that's the case, DH said we would look for a midwife that insurance would pay for that would do HB, or UC. I'm sure I could do it by myself, and apparently DF is pretty confident, as well, because he suggested it, so now I'm just trying to gather information on what to expect/what kinds of supplies I should have at home. (I've always wanted home birth, but with DD and DS, it was never a feasible plan.) So any suggestions/information would be great. :)
I order myself a normal "birth kit" with lots of chux pads (though we rarely ever use them at birth, I generally use them afterwards, like in bed, so I don't have to worry about bleeding all over the place...LOVE them for that!), some disposable pads (cloth user here, but I like those gi-hugic peach colored hospital style pads right after birth), mesh undies (love those too LOL), peri bottles (again, LOVE! LOL), cord clamp (I have always preferred clamping to tying, though I know I'm in the minority), etc. I just pick and choose things based on what we don't have left over. DH always brings home and OB kit as well, which is mostly similar stuff, and I keep that in the car leading up to the birth just so we have something in there "just in case." Other than that, we've just used towels (just regular bathroom ones usually, they clean up like new), and I've labored most of the time on my exercise ball, so those are my go-to birth prep items. Oh, but I also have Rescue Remedy on hand for the labor, and I like to have a stash of coconut water to drink to keep up my energy and electrolytes.
I like to have all the herbal and homeopathic "meds" on hand, like angelica and shepherd's purse for placenta/bleeding issues, arnica for trauma stuff, carbo vegetabilis for baby, etc. I have a little laminated paper that has all of them with their uses and dosages and what not in case DH is the one in charge of administering them. :) We have also had things like zofran on hand, and we had O2 last time. (DH brought it from work) And I'm totally not adverse to consuming my placenta raw if needed. ;)
Honestly though, this is all stuff I'd likely have even if we weren't planning a UC, because I'm of the mindset now that anybody should be prepared for a UC even if they don't want one, KWIM?