So how is this handled in a homebirth? Do you just have to lay towels all over the place and keep washing them? Do the midwives or assistants help clean?
I hope this doesn't sound too ignorant, but I just can't seem to get past this one mental block!
I wonder why you had so much blood at your hospital birth, was it before the birth?
Somehow the wall behind my bed had a small splatter of blood across it. The asst midwife made sure to climb up there and clean it off before they left.
Three hours after the birth of our second son, the four of us snuggled up in our family bed and took a four hour nap and the only way that you could tell a homebirth had taken place was our new baby.
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Mama to two boys, 12 and 10
Had my last one at the MW office. Not planned and it still didn't make much of a mess. my water broke there and that was everywhere but there was only on drop of blood on the carpet. And she said it cleaned up really nicely
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By the time we were done, we had to throw out a very dirty and bloody nightgown and a bloody pillow. My midwife and her assistants cleaned EVERYTHING up afterwards. There was even a huge smear of blood that somehow ended up on my headboard. They took care of that.
When they left, I had clean sheets on the bed and my bedroom and bathroom were spotless. They even threw all the dirty linens into the washer and washed and dried them for me.
Before the birth, we put clean sheets on the bed with a shower curtain over them and then put another set of sheets on top of that. All we had to do after the birth was strip the dirty sheets off.
I don't know that I necessarily bled a lot, it just happened to get everywhere. After the birth and my herb bath, I got back into bed with a few chux under me.
They know how to clean blood off anything and you will likely be blissfully unaware that you made any mess at all!
So I feel better knowing that this is something that midwives typically handle. I had felt like maybe it was too demeaning to ask of them or something. But it does seem like an important part of the process not to leave the new mom with a big mess to deal with.
WriterMama - the image of the flying placenta had me laughing out loud!
what I found to deal with any potential messiness, since I live in a rented apartment, was some of those plastic painters tarps. they come in all sizes and thicknesses, and I chose 3 of the cheapie ones, about as thick as a thick plastic garbage bag. nice and big, 9 feet X 12 feet, so I can put one on the mattress, and the others probably around/under the inflatable pool. the best part? only .93 ea!
and I concur - every midwife I have met is a genius at getting blood out of everything. meconium might be another story though...
You may not bleed as much next time.
Consider that you may have bled alot from an episiotomy or from the forced I.V. fluids, any mild anesthesia, or some other intervention at the hospital which you will probably not have at home.
Ask your midwife or homebirth attendant what can be done to prevent excessive bleeding such as natural forms of Vitamin K or iron supplements to alleviate the bleeding next time.
Edited to add: and I even hemmorhaged with my second!
My friend bled tons with her first, but we think a lot of it was her episiotomy that turned into a 3rd degree tear. :
I do seem to have some dim memory of having my nightgown/bedding/chux changed out from under me, come to think of it. I even got tidied up in the mix, I think! But really, at the time I never even had to give it a thought. There was never even a spot on any of the soiled chux, blankets or clothing later to make me think of it. Midwife, her assistant and my family took care of all of it and I think it served to make me feel very nurtured and allowed me to entirely focus on the new baby alone that first hour