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#61 of 65 Old 01-02-2009, 01:15 AM
 
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i was told to do this too! i thought it was a bit much myself-and we had to go to 2 grocery stores to find big paper bags. i think it may be a bit more for the midwife's side of things-predictability in finding stuff, making sure it's all clean.

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I have done a couple births where yes frankly the living conditions were not clean- but filthy -- as in having the front door off the hinges and goats, dogs and what every wandered through the house- with "droppings" all over as well- no clean well water- the water had to be boiled- yes I did not blink an eye when I recommended bagging and sterilizing the stuff in prep for birth.

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I also think the heating pad works great, if you own one!
That's what we do where I work (at a birth center) and what I've done at my home births. Works great and you don't have to worry about running to the dryer or oven to get warm blankets.

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My last homebirth was 3.5 years ago with the same midwives and the instructions said to do the "baked" pkgs...towels, blankets, first set of clothes/diaper, but for this baby the instructions now say, just to wash and dry the clothes and put them in a ziploc or paper bag...I guess more to have handy and clean and ready when needed. They also have the heating pad as a requirement. Overall, they just stress keeping everything clean and free from dust and pet hair/dander.

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LOL, My instruction sheet from the midwife wants me to make up several paperbags of specific items and staple them closed and bake them (I think 200 degrees for 2 hours or so). Including the babies clothes, washcloths, and other stuff.
One really good reason for doing this is to make sure they are clean, organized, and ready to grab and go if things start getting hectic, not still in the laundry, or used accidentally. Baking might be a bit much, but washing, rinsing and a run through the dryer, then bag and label and put on a shelf until you need them.

It's like the "trauma bag" we use for ski patrol: everything we need is in one (large) bag, ready to grab and haul to the site of the accident.
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