Some great suggestions
We are likely waterbirthing in our garden tub again but of course will have a birthing area on the bed as well, we have the plastic matress cover left over from last time.
I have arnica pellets and the gel which really helped last time.
I don't get to spend much time in the water because my births are pretty fast but I definitely want to have some cold washclothes on hand if I start to get overheated - that would have been nice last time.
I use the comfrey root tea rather than witch hazel - has anyone used both? Is one better than the other? I love the comfrey! I soak 4X4's in the tea and freeze them individually. I don't use disposable pads and can't see me freezing Mama pads - don't they leak when they thaw???
We have a box of bendy straws - I totally agree, a little thing but so nice to have
We usually have a BIG bottle of apple juice on hand for a quick sugar after the birth. For those of you that do honey orally do you just take it straight? I'm not sure I could do that.
I'll have to make sure my Rescue Remedy is within arms reach - I have a purse size spray so that's convenient.
It is possible my Mom will be here so that would be great, she lives in another state and has never been here for a birth. I am due on the 20th and she is panning on coming the 22nd and staying for 12 days so hopefully she'll be here for the birth or at least afterwards to help with the kids.
I got one peri bottle in my kit from my MW but will probably order another one.
For Christmas my boys got me a large rice sock from the Discovery store that has lavender in it and is in a really nice soft cover - I've been using it almost nightly for my back and expect to use it a lot in labor
One thing my MW has us do which is nice: We put 10-12 old receiving blankets in a paper bag and seal it, then once in labor we put the bag in the oven at 150 and it stays there until the birth and we take a blanket out one at a time to keep the baby warm - I think puting the hat in there (if we use one) is a good idea. Once Mama has been checked my MW prepares an herbal bath and steeps the herbs on the stove and puts another paper bag with 3 big towels in it for the Mama so that when I get out of my herbal bath she wraps me up in big warm towels
I also have a bottle of afterease for those nasty afterpains and may get some homeopathic magnesium as well.
Such great information