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#1 of 5 Old 05-31-2011, 07:03 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am wanting to start getting supplies for a homebirth. We still have about 6 months before we start TTC but I am huge planner and plus I don't want to be worried about getting supplies while pregnant.

 

What are some supplies that I can start picking up this far in advance and not worrying about it going bad. Thanks

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Pretty much the entire birth kit isn't going to expire; however, all midwives have their own ideas about what are the necessary items in the birth kit.  Here's an example.


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All I purchased was a king size mattress cover, a cheap one from wal mart so we didnt wreck our good one. I went to value village and bought 2 large bags of used (but good shape) towels, disinftecting them first of course. Most went straight into the garbage and they only cost a few $ instead of wrecking good ones.

 

my midwife supplied her own things, herbs and pool etc.


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The list our mw provided includes most things you would already have at home. Sheets for the bed, some kind of plastic cover for the bed (these I found at a dollar store), flashlight or good lamp, receiving blankets, old towels, thermometer, snacks for mom and partner, and lots of optional stuff like comfortable t-shirt for labour, olive oil for perineal massage/support, music, etc.


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most of the stuff for your birth kit is pretty easy to get. though some midwives will have you provide things that others don't. some things you will absolutely need: sheets you don't mind getting ruined, a plastic covering for the bed (this can be a shower curtain, a mattress protector), towels, receiving blankets, baby hats, a thermometer, pads for you, underpads (the large, flat absorbent pads that can usually be found with the depends), diapers, a heating pad or hot water bottle, it's a good idea to have ice packs or make frozen pads, a light source (to check for tearing and do any required stitches), garbage bags, hydrogen peroxide (for cleaning any blood). my midwife had me have a large bowl for catching the placenta, and I had a couple of dish tubs for puking into (not everyone does, but I puke during labor). 

 

you may also want on hand: herbs, Tylenol, ibuprofen, a peri bottle (amazing for peeing postpartum, especially if you tear), and lanolin for sore nipples. 

 

you will also want food in the house, you need to eat a lot postpartum, and depending on how long your labor is, those in attendance may need to eat, as might you. 

 

and you'll want a way of warming your bedroom pretty quickly, you get really hot during labor, but really cold right after. 

 

and I loved having bendy straws to drink from. 

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