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#61 of 280 Old 02-01-2007, 06:40 PM
 
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How/what do you use the liquid chlorophyll for? :
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How/what do you use the liquid chlorophyll for? :
My midwife has had me take it my whole pregnancy.
But she said that after hemorage in birth she'll have her clients
take a bottle a day. She said said that everything including their milk is green.

Why? From what I've understood
Chlorophyll is one molecule different from human blood.
I put a tablespoon in my RRLT.
I take two cups and 2 T. each day, per midwifes orders.
She has me take it in place of an iron suppliment.
I've liked the speariment flavor best.

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I'll third the depends. Although pretty darn unattractive, I liked them for both after the birth and for before the birth, when my water broke in labor- I'm a gusher.
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Why? From what I've understood
Chlorophyll is one molecule different from human blood.
I put a tablespoon in my RRLT.
I take two cups and 2 T. each day, per midwifes orders.
She has me take it in place of an iron suppliment.
I've liked the speariment flavor best.
Where do you get yours?
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afterease afterpain tincture!!!
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This thread is great. We're having a HBA2C! The only other thing I can add is candles and a lighter. I would like candlelight if I'm in labor at night.
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I love the frozen pads. I used heavy duty kotex pads soaked with witch hazel. Very soothing.

The sitz bath was very healing. In fact, for about the first week or so after my last birth, Dh would run a bath for me. I sat in the sitz bath while he put the older children to bed. I held the new babe in the tub, and then Dh would come get her so I could get out.

I am going to try rescue remedy and arnica with this one. I always have arnica, but have always forgotten about it. I am interested in the RR cream for the ring of fire; that's always a real challenge for me.

very good thread!
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I am going to try rescue remedy and arnica with this one. I always have arnica, but have always forgotten about it. I am interested in the RR cream for the ring of fire; that's always a real challenge for me.
That was the hardest part for me too... in fact, the only part that hurt and started to freak me out a bit. But I"m planning a waterbirth and I assume that the cream wouldn't really be that effective underwater. Could you maybe add a few drops of RR liquid to the birthing pool?
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I am making a list of what to buy, and also one of the things we have in the house that I should make sure to have available so I don't have to dig them out.

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I know I read more than one thread about HB supplies, but I can't find them now that I want to make notes. Anybody know where they were?

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What great ideas! I'm seriously considering homebirth this time around. Just talked to the midwife tonight, will go meet her sometime this week maybe.

The chlorophyll thing is interesting. I wonder if Coconut water would achieve the same thing. It restores eletrolytes and I've heard was used in the Pacific in WWII in Army hospitals as a plasma replacement (good to know if you're ever wounded in the tropics!). And I can get coconut water where I live, but chlorophyll might be a little harder to find!

Okay, yep, just googled coconut water, and it is identical to human blood plasma!
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What is Rescue Remedy and arnica? And where can I get them? Thanks
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I kept readind and swear everytime I saw clhrorophyl it said chlroroform. I just kept wondering why that would be for a birth. I guess I need to wear my glasses more often.

I've copy and pasted the items from this thread and have a great list going now.
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I kept readind and swear everytime I saw clhrorophyl it said chlroroform. I just kept wondering why that would be for a birth. I guess I need to wear my glasses more often.

I've copy and pasted the items from this thread and have a great list going now.

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Well, chloroform was used at homebirths in the way-back-when. And midwives in England still carry nitrous/oxygen tanks.

But no, I do believe everyone meant that green substance plants produce, not a drug to put you to sleep.
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Yep, my grandmother had my dad and uncle at home - knocked out (completely with my dad, who came butt first, and mostly out with my uncle). And she's worried about my homebirth : .

I ordered the sitz bath herbs this weekend - now they just have to get here before I go into labor! Also, I ordered a few extra instant cold peri packs and some more mesh panties. I was going to go the depends route - but I couldn't figure out what size to buy and then noticed how pricey they are! I have 1-2 pairs of mesh panties in my birth kit, so I ordered a few more, and SIL is passing on the giant shin-gaurd pads they give you at the hospital, so I'm hoping those and my instant cold packs will get me through those first few days.

I spent forever in the pad aisle at target the other week - trying to buy a collection of disposable pads for post-birth. It was frustrating - everytime I figured out what I wanted, they didn't have it in stock. I used to wear tampons, but essentially have only had 2 periods in over 3 years, so I am *so* out of the pad loop. But I hate the plastic-y "dry weave" layer - why are cottony pads so hard to find? When I do finally get my period back after this one, I'm planning to use some cloth pads (a combo of diva cup, cloth and disposables) - but I can't handle the extra laundry responsibilities on top of diapering a newborn. I did manage to get panty liners, "mini" pads for the end of the lochia, and some mid-range pads - but still need a pack of maxis, I suppose. Oy, the decisions- wings, length, thickness, etc.
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why are cottony pads so hard to find?
I know! I'm in Costa Rica and there is a brand here called Saba, made in Mexico. They don't have that yucky dry weave thing, and are nice and cottony and have chamomile in them Maybe I can mail you a package of their nightime maxi pads
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What a fantastic post! So, without instruction or details, here are all the items you ladies listed as things that may be wanted... just makes it easier when it's one list i think:

Pads/Depends/chux
Frozen pads with possibly comfrey/witch hazel
Mesh panties/dark coloured panties
Sitz bath/herb bath
Ice packs or homemade ice packs
Peri bottle
Afterease afterpain tincture
Rescue Remedy
Recharge
Alkalol
Arnica
Wise Ways Merry Mother
New Mother tincture
honey/propolis/honey balms
Nori seaweed
Olive oil
Goldenseal
Liquid chlorophyll
Coconut water
Red Rasp. Leaf brew and Popsicles
Homeopathic magnesium
Tea tree oil
Peroxide
Sterilized scissors to cut cord
Cord clamp
Cloth or diaper for placenta if lotus birth
Cookie sheet or large bowl/basin/bucket for placenta
Cookie sheet or tray for birth ‘mise en place’
Large freezer bags for placenta
‘Puke’ bucket just in case
Shower curtain/mattress cover
Garbage bags
Tarp or sheet plastic
Old towels or sheets
Unopened pack of paper towels
Bendy straws
Honey sticks/chocolate/fruit/fruit juice for sugar boost
Ginger
Broth
Snacks
Ice cubes
Bendy straws
Blow up/kiddie/birthing pool
Soft bathmat for inside tub
Pillows/water pillows
Warm towels/blankets/receiving blankets in the dryer
Hot water bottle/heating pad
Cold washcloths
Candles/lighter etc.
Lighting/light source
Flashlight & batteries
Washcloths for compresses
Crockpot or sturdy bowl with hot water for compresses
Mirror
Paper for placenta print
Ink for baby foot print

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just bumping this awesome thread!
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The weirdest things for us was...

Coffee
Garlic
and a bunch of other herbs... I remember thinking "What the heck is /that/ for?" becaeuse I had no idea of the herb-bath later...

Ugh, the coffee stained our tub yellow around the drain, too!
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Thanks for bumping this -- I was just going to go looking for it.
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This is more for after the birth, but our midwife recommended washing our bloody towels (we ended up going through ALL of our towels, even our good, everyday, not-intended-for-home-birth-use towels) with a cup of salt and then re-washing them with regular detergent. All the blood came out! Also, hydrogen peroxide was wonderful for getting the blood out of the carpet. Yes, we had a very messy birth.
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Great thread!!!

One thing that I'm going to make sure I have this time is a nice hearty soup or something similar in the freezer, ready to be put in the crock pot when I go into labor so that I have something yummy and nutritious to eat after giving birth. Last time my mom had said she'd make food, but then ended up sending my Dad out for food - Burger King was not my idea of a wonderful post-birth meal : It was 10:30AM and no one could even manage to think of making some eggs and sending out for yummy bagels!


Also - I couldn't stand Recharge or other commercial drinks, so I made my own:
2 cups water
2 cups apple juice
1-2 fresh squeezed lemons
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 crushed up calcium tablet (optional)
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The weirdest things for us was...

Coffee
Garlic
and a bunch of other herbs... I remember thinking "What the heck is /that/ for?" becaeuse I had no idea of the herb-bath later...

Ugh, the coffee stained our tub yellow around the drain, too!
Why on earth would you put coffee in your tub????
I have never heard of coffee for an herbal bath. What are the benefits?

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Great thread!!!

Also - I couldn't stand Recharge or other commercial drinks, so I made my own:
2 cups water
2 cups apple juice
1-2 fresh squeezed lemons
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 crushed up calcium tablet (optional)
Good idea, just make sure your baking soda is aluminum free, most on the market contain aluminum from what I understand.

I drank applejuice mixed with RRL.

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This is my first homebirth, and I'm a little surprised by the length of the supply list. It includes things like a De Lee Suction Kit as well as lots of gloves, antiseptic liquids, a cord clamp, etc. It kind of seems like she could bring that stuff and just charge us for it if it is used (obviously the cord clamp will be used, but the suction thing would only be if there were meconium or something, right?). I'm feeling a little overwhelmed! I looked at the websites she recommended and there is a lot of stuff available - what if I buy the wrong thing? Moreover, does 8-12 receiving blankets and 8-10 bath towels seem excessive? Would all of those have the potential to get gunky/stained or could I include the towels we normally bathe with and some of the nicer receiving blankets (not just the cheap flannel ones) from my when my daughter was born? I feel like I have SOOO much to get ready before this baby comes (due 9/14, but my first came at 39 weeks and both of my mother's babies and all four of my grandma's babies came before their due dates)!!!
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