I have had 2 UCs-- 8/01 and 12/03
MY BIRTH KIT*Arnica pellets and cream/lotion
Homeopathics: arnica, carbo veg, rescue remedy >>Used only the arnica and RR, gladly never needed the carbo. However, I did end up getting the morning labor started, and using: caullophyllum and cimicifuga*Embrodery floss braids for the cord
which I braided weeks in advance, and made bracelets to match*Sharp scissors
Sewing Scissors: just washed them in hot soapy water about an hour after birth when we realized we needed to cut the cord*Rubbing alcohol Never used any at all*Ziploc bags
What are these for? I never used any.*Eldon cards
Never have used any*Mesh underwear
Nope, never used. Just spent the first day laying on top of towels on top of a shower curtain. Then the 2nd day when I was ready to get out of bed, I put on regular old undies with cloth pads.*Cloth postpartum pads
I have these, love them. First time I had old cloth diapers, 2nd time I actually had nice boughten pads. I had some from Birthlove which appear to never be available anymore. Now I'm adding to my stash with the Liz Cloth Pads in my Natural Family Boutique catalog-- so much softer, they're hemp fleece!*Bowl for placenta
Just grabbed a bowl from the kitchen at the last minute.*2 heating pads to keep baby blanket and baby hat warm
Never done this before. We never heated any blankets, just kept baby skin to skin with mom. We did turn the heat up in the house for our Dec birth though, to 78 probably.*Baby blankets and baby hat
I do use a boatload of baby blankets!*A couple of peri bottles
I do love my peri bottles.
A drop of lavender oil and a drop or two of St. Johnswort Oil are great for healing the perineum*Lavender EO and Tea Tree Oil
Of course these are staples in the medicine cabinet anyway*Motherwort tincture (for afterpains)
the only birth I've used this was one in which I hemmoraged badly at 4 weeks postpartum. I've shied away from it since.*Bulk herbs of black haw or crampbark and blue cohosh (also for afterpains)
I prefer to stick to homeopathics. the herbs are really too powerful for amateur use IMO.*Flannel lined plastic tablecloth for under the pool
we just used a tarp... tablecloth seemed too small, so we got a tarp from the camping department*Plastic sheets
shower curtain worked really well*Extra sheets for bed
What we did to cut down on the work at the time of birth was to put fresh sheets on the bed, then put a plastic shower curtain on top, and then another set of sheets. This way if my water broke in bed we were covered. We didn't end up getting the bed dirty before the birth, but it was great for the 2nd day when DH wanted to give me clean sheets, all he had to do was pull the dirty sheet off one side of the bed, have me roll over onto the already in place clean sheet, then the dirty sheet came off the other side. I didn't have to get out of bed to get clean sheets! (I was just tired enough that first day that I didn't get out of bed except to pee.)*Chux pads
I don't use these... they slide around under you, they feel hot and sweaty, and frankly they remind me too much of the hospital. I just use towels. Wash your towels the same day they get dirty with a cold water cycle and then a hot water cycle after the blood stains are washed away.*Sump pump or waterbed fill and drain kit
We didn't have this and did just fine with our pool. DH screwed a water hose directly onto the bottom drain spigot of the hot water heater and ran it to the pool.... then we added buckets of cold water from the sink. Then he used buckets to empty it to the last inch or two, then just picked it up and poured the last bit out*Air pump for pool
Lucky DH has an air compressor. the pool was inflated in 5 minutes. (4 minutes for the air compressor to get ready, 1 min to fill LOL)*2 new drinking safe hoses
We prefer these for outside anyway since our kids like to drink from the hoses in the summer. *Adaptations for hose to washing machine outlet if necessary
DO figure out what you need to make your birth pool work ahead of time!!! We actually had the kids to go Grandmother's house the last week of October last year (she offered, hey!) and while they were gone we did a "dress rehearsal" for the pool... we cleaned out the garage where we wanted to set it up (DH wanted to do it there so as to make it easiest to clean up afterwards) and set up the pool and timed how long it took to fill it... then we played hot tub for the rest of the evening
... but we knew exactly how to set it up and how long it would take to fill it long before the baby came. It helped immensely! Plus, a night in a hot tub with DH is JUST what the non-doctor ordered in the end of pregnancy! LOL
Did NOT use: bulb syringe, pitocin, IV fluids, cord clamps, hepatitis vaccine, eye ointment, or vit K shot.
Also had: liquid chlorophyll for excess bleeding (I did, and it helped), red grape juice for excess bleeding and fluid loss (per my ER nurse mother, it did help also), And Emergen-C drink for electrolyte and vit C for infection prevention
Also-- my first UC I never made provisions for a keepsake birth certificate or getting footprints. I eventually did his footprints at about 4 mos, but I was sort of sad that I didn't get them at birth, so for my 2nd UC dh got an ink pad (just one from an office supply store) so we could get her feetprints recorded. So precious to see those little feet!
Do you have plans to weigh the baby? I have heard moms say they went to the post office!!! I had a loaner scale from a lactation consultant. It was $15 to rent for a week, $30 for a month. I was glad to have it to weigh the baby at birth, when my milk came in, at 1 week, 2 weeks, and a month....