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#121 of 280 Old 10-11-2007, 01:30 AM
 
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Wow! This thread is awesome. Thanks so much this is so helpful. Talk to me about the frozen pads. I never heard of that the first time around. So do you freeze as is? Or wet them with water or some solution first? What about the honey do you apply straight all over or only on the tear(s)?

I am now looking forward to using these tips for any discomfort afterwards. I am so excited about having a natural birth this time. I actually want to know how that feels.

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Talk to me about the frozen pads. I never heard of that the first time around. So do you freeze as is? Or wet them with water or some solution first?
You can take thick regular pads (not the thin, contoured ones) and give them a good soak under the faucet. If they're long you can peel the adhesive off and fold them in half, adhesive side together. Freeze in a single layer and voila...frozen PP pads! I suppose you could do the same with cloth but there is mixed info out there on using cloth PP.

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peroxide is nice to get the blood and other fluids out of the laundry. peri tea I used included uva ursi, shepherd's purse, and comfrey.

best wishes!
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The things I loved having for my home birth were

Straws
Cold drinks
A hand held shower head
LOTTS of towels
coconut milk
warm blankets
candles (low lighting)

AND if you get the blow up birth pool DO NOT inflate with an air compressor. It will bust and you will be without a pool!
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I saw this idea and thought it was a safer bet then the alcohol and water homeade slush packs.

You can use a long thin rubber balloon, a ziplock freezer bag (Id double bag) or a condom and put dishwashing liquid in it then close/tie it off and freeze it. I've tested it with Dawn and it appears to work great. It says a Gel instead of freezing hard so it is nice and pliable. You can wrap it with disposable pieces of gauze and put on your perenium.
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I have a question about the seaweed. Do you leave it on all the time or just for a few minutes at a time? I am due any day a just happen to have some on hand for sushi so I figure I'll save it for the birth instead.
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Okay...here are my 2 things that I haven't seen mentioned yet (maybe they were and I missed it...)

I have an Air Mattress with a pump that I can put in the living room with my birth tub. That way, if I suddenly decide I don't want to be in the water anymore then I don't have to go to the bedroom to get to my bed. Also, I can labor on the air mattress without waking my DS if I go into labor in the middle of the night (we co-sleep). Plus an air mattress cleans up much nicer than a bed, and could be thrown away, worst case scenerio. I don't want to worry about getting blood on my expensive mattresses.

I also put two hair ties in a plastic baggie and put them in the birth kit...I could see myself getting really irritated if my hair was getting in my face, and something like a hair tie might be hard for DH to find...

This is such a great thread!!!
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned essential oils at all. Clary sage is the uterine strengthener, lavender the relaxer etc etc.

I swear by a dilution of neroli hydrosol in a spray bottle. My mw sprays it on my face and then sprays it on everyone else. It's like heaven in a bottle. An instant relief, calms and centers me immediately. I've used it during both my previous births and plan to during this one as well.

I also made up a list of labor helps. I wish I would have had my mw and dh memorize it because they forgot to do some of the things I wanted (and not for lack of time either). I had listed things like "keep an eye on my jaw and remind me to relax it." I also listed likes and dislikes like head being rubbed or feet being rubbed but leave the rest of my body alone. And I'm really finicky when I'm in any discomfort so beware!

Frozen grapes are nice to have for during labor, or you can puree your favorite fruit combos into a smoothie and then freeze in an ice cube tray (only fill up halfway).

I also like having an electric massager for if I get low back muscle spasms (different from back labor). It's also relaxing to use on the tops of my thighs.

The homeopathics I have on hand are:
cimiciuga - back labor
arnica - trauma
carbo veg - exhaustion (can also use Hornbeam or Oak Bach flower remedies)


I loved the Merry Mother sitz bath! Had no idea it was great for baby too.

And my number one birth aid is my list of birth affirmations. I had them taped to the wall by the birth pool and my midwife read them aloud as I entered transition and when my body started pushing and the whites of my eyes showed. I had no idea how she knew exactly what to say... until I realized later that she was using what I had taped up there. We locked eyes and it was an incredible anchor for the incredible energy surging through my body.

HTH ... happy birthing!!!
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Wow. A lot of good info here! I copied and pasted into Word so I could print out and take to the store and have when ready! Thanks!

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I would also recommend some Depends instead of mesh panties. They are awesome for leaks and holding pads. I LOVE them!
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I love the "boy shorts" underwear style to wear with postpartum cloth pads. Like these.

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I would also recommend some Depends instead of mesh panties. They are awesome for leaks and holding pads. I LOVE them!
I second this they were much better. And they fit way better than the mesh If you do not happen to be a mamma smaller than a size 10.

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She also gave us a supply list of things to have on hand including:

tea tree oil
What do you need tea tree oil for?

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Anything new to add these days???

I have been loving reading this thread over...while prepping for my homebirth.
I got $10 white sheets for my King size bed at Berlington coat factory...and a waterproof mattress pad at Target. That is mostly for the mattress protection needed after during nursing and all...but it's an extra layer for birth too in case the pool doesn't work out.

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...and a waterproof mattress pad at Target. That is mostly for the mattress protection needed after during nursing and all...
good idea. i had no idea how much fluid leaking would be going on *after* the birth and next time around i want some "drapes" i saw online at one of the cloth menstrual pad places - it's a big piece of absorbent soft cloth backed with polyester fleece for a water-resistant barrier. i (or somebody) must have changed the sheets nearly every day for the first few weeks - it would be much easier to just switch out a drape (i did start using old towels, but things leaked through...)

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I just picked up a 36" square waterproof mattress pad at Bed Bath and Beyond for DD new big girl bed. I think I'll get a couple more for me to use--the all over plastic mattess cover just seems like it would be hot/crinkly/uncomfortable.
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I had a wonderful homebirth in July. My midwife suggested having a new bottle of olive oil and a crockpot full of clean flannel cloths. She made warm olive oil compresses in the crockpot and massaged my perineum and I had no tearing! I definitely recommend it!
Also, arnica is good after the birth, and I couldn't have survived the first week without Depends! It was kinda embarrassing buying depends but I got over it! LOL!
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This is fantastic info!

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I know Meg Violet posted a compile of all of this information earlier in the thread. But since I just made a big long list that includes some of the information from recent posts I figured I'd share it as well. I tried to categorize things, but may have gotten some things wrong. Just let me know if I did and I can correct it. * Jaime

Comfort during labor:
A large heating pad
Rice sock with lavender
Broth, miso soup, juice, chocolate, popsicles, energy drinks, froze grapes
Bendy straws
Ginger for nausea
Food for support people
Gravol to get some rest during early labor
Wash clothes
Crockpot with warm water
Bowl with ice water
Bowl for throwing up in
Music, candles, matches, essential oils
Birth affirmations
Exercise ball
TENS machine
A list for support person with: where to find things, things to do
Camera, disposable camera, photographer
Air mattress
Hair ties
Arnica (trauma)
Cimiciuga (back labor)
Carbo veg, hornbeam, oak back (exhaustion)

Water birth:
A blow up kiddie pool, birth pool, tested for leaks
Warm towels (drier, oven, heating pad)
Soft tub mat
Blow up pillow (possibly filled with water instead of air)
Cheap pillows that you can get wet
Underwater camera
Hand held shower head

Cleanliness during labor and delivery:
Tarp, old shower curtain
Plastic to cover bed
Cheap sheets
Chux pads
Heavy duty garbage bags
2 big freezer bags for placenta storage
Paper towels
Peroxide for laundry

Delivery:
Rescue Remedy (for ring of fire)
Mirror
Birth stool
Large flat bowl for placenta
Large cookie sheet with sides to set up a "birth tray"
Flashlight

Infant care:
Heated towels, blankets, hats (drier, oven, heating pad)
Space heater
Olive oil (makes muconium easy to clean, also for perinial massage)
Thermometer

Post-natal care (stashed in bathroom when applicable):
Frozen maxipads (frozen on bowl for shape
Frozen condom wrapped in flannel (rubbing alcohol or dish soap makes flexible)
Peri bottle
Soaked cotten pads
Sitz bath
Bowl of water to urinate in
Solutions for above: honey, nori, witch hazel, comfrey root, goldenseal, tea tree oil, ...
Depends, pads, adult diapers, sea sponge wrapped in flannel
Dark colored panties
Empty toilet paper roll for directing urine
Liquid chlorophyll
Alkalol
Arnica
Afterease, Wise Ways Merry Mother, New Mother tincture (for afterpains)

Post-natal ease:
Frozen food
Disposable plates, cups, etc.
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Great thread! I don't think anyone has mentioned Floridix (an herbal iron supplement), which my m/w had me take, along with chlorophil, to help build up my blood after bleeding heavily.

I felt so energized right after taking it, those first few days postpartum.
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subbing so I can make a list! So many cool ideas and I will try and think of anything I wished I had had with my last homebirth.


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Great thread! I don't think anyone has mentioned Floridix (an herbal iron supplement), which my m/w had me take, along with chlorophil, to help build up my blood after bleeding heavily.

I felt so energized right after taking it, those first few days postpartum.
I know someone mentioned chlorophyll, but I don't think Floradix was mentioned (this is made by the same company that does Swedish Bitters, isn't it?)... would it be good to start taking this a few weeks before birth?

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a couple of meals (actually, as many as it will hold) in the freezer.
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I was just thinking of the "other" things that I would need today. Thanks for the updated list Jaime! Subbing for later

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Wow! Thanks for organizing this -- I need to copy down the pertinent info for me and you have helped a lot!!

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