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Do you set up a birth kit to be ordered by your clients?  Who do you use? (i know that you can use cascade, in his hands or birth with love) What do you put in it?  How much-ish is it for your clients?

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You can also use www.radiantbelly.com


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http://www.preciousarrows.com/Geneabirth_Midwifery_Services_Birth_Kit_p/80103.htm

 

I use Precious Arrows! 


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I use Precious Arrows as well.  My kit is around $50 and is included in my fee.  I order it.


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I use Precious Arrows also. Clients order the kit at ~35 weeks. She gives free, fast shipping on birth kits. My kit is $45-$77 depending on whether clients order basic kit or water birth kit.
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I don't have my families order a birth kit. Not everything I would want in a kit is always needed. Thus, the parents have the extra expense and then what do they do with the left over supplies?

 

I buy disposable supplies in bulk and bring what I need for the birth. I provide each family with bin of clean linens needed for the birth and take them back for laundering when we pack up after the birth. This is far less expensive for all involved.

 

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And as if to illustrate my point about birth kits, as we are discussing this, there is a thread in the home birth forum about birth kits. Some of the posters are saying how frustrating it is to have items they thought would be needed for the birth and they were never used.

 

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That's the main reason I purchase them and just keep what's needed in my birth bag.  :)  

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I provide each family with bin of clean linens needed for the birth and take them back for laundering when we pack up after the birth.

 

 

Do any other midwives do this? Such an interesting idea! Do you just provide towels, or do you provide sheets, etc? I know sometimes towels can be a struggle for families, since we tend to need quite a few and often they only have enough for their family.


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Yes, there have been families where the towels and linens I provide seem like a luxury.

 

The linen box contains:

3 large fluffy towels

3 wash cloths

a hand towel for me as I'm always looking for one after checking heart tones, etc.

a twin size vinyl/flannel pad to put on the floor in front of the tub.

3 cotton quilted waterproof pads, we try to keep one aside for the mom to use on her bed the first night or two

2-3 receiving blankets and one polar fleece baby blanket

a basin for my gloves, and instruments, including the bulb syringe

 

I also carry an extra box with disposable underpads (chux), reusable underpads (as above), my tinctures, Rescue Remedy and Motrin packs, and a bottle of H2O2.

 

No sheets or extra blankets

 

The box that came in with the clean linen, then becomes the box with dirty linen when we leave. I also put the sub pump in there and my sharps and dirty instruments. The family, at most, will have a few wet towels from mom's shower after the birth and we put them in the wash before we leave.


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I like this idea, mother cat. A MW in my town I've worked with years ago also does this...

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I have a kit with Precious Arrows and I am also a big fan of In His Hands. You can't go wrong with either place. You're welcome to look at my kit at precious arrows, it's under Triangle Birth Services.

 

Clients are free to remove items from the kit if they already have them at home.


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I have been using yourwaterbirth.com, but am planning on switching because their chux pads are just not good. I love their customer service and everything else, but the chux pads are probably the least absorbant chux pads ever created. 

 

I am fascinated by the idea of providing a box of linens to each family to use. This is something that I had considered at different times because I would love to use the big cloth chux pads instead of so many disposables.... it is something I will continue to think on.


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