Husband and I are planning a UC for our first baby
We live abroad (KSA) and are not pleased with the hospitals within our price range nor the free hospitals. So you can also guess the fancy expensive private hospitals are also not accessible for us. Yet we are not UCing for finances alone.
Prior to even getting married I was planning to become a midwife and have always been researching and learning this topic.
Tools I Plan To Have:
Rubber bulb syringe (Probably won't use it but I feel like having it on hand)
Plastic shower curtain for bed or couch or wherever (bonus: I only have area rugs)
Old newspaper or chuks pads
Emergency "Cheat Sheet" (ambulances number, how to resuscitate, hemorrhage, etc)
Rubber gloves (in case of uterus coming out, gloves can quickly be thrown on and uterus replaced)
Yoga Ball (if I can find it
Hot Water Bottle
Frozen Water Bottles (DIY Ice Pack) in case I'm hot
Lavender EO (hopefully) to drop in the bath if I choose to soak for a bit
Olive Oil with soaking frankiensese resin in it for belly
(Optional) Thunderstorm soundtrack (comforting for me)
(Optional) Low playing Quran from my favorite reciter
Lavender EO diffused if I'm "loosing it"
Cold Chamomile Tea (from the flower itself)
Cold Hibiscus Tea (from the flower)
Homemade Oatmeal Bars
Peppermint Leaves to chew (in case of nausea)
If I can not find coconut water I will use this basic labor-aid recipe minus the rescue remedy and mineral drops ( don't have it)
Outfit (for leaving the hospital only)
Car seat (in our car)
After some quick bonding and loving with baby
, We must call the ambulance to transport us to hospital post delivery to avoid any technicalities or obstacles in getting baby's birth certificate, as intentional home birth is frowned upon here (nobody knows if it's truly illegal or not).
Also we will NOT be cutting the umbilical cord but rather leaving this to the ambulance men to do. Also to avoid any technicalities or obstacles.
Books I Have Read/Prep:
Emergency Childbirth (minus the fold in half resuscitation method)
Spiritual Midwifery (with focus on manual section)
Ina Mays Guide to Childbirth
Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel
Business of Being Born (movie)
HomeoPathy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Baby's First Year
Tons of YouTube
Sitz Bath (Might use organic sea salt, Dead Sea bath salt, or epsom salt. Chamomile flowers included in bath)
Peri Bottle with 1 part benodine:100 parts water in case of stitches
Calendula Gel (in case of stitches)
More Red Raspberry Leaf Tea & Dates Daily
Sanitary napkins & Chuks pads for my bed (I hate blood on my bed and it always happens to me lol)
I am open to All tips and clips please ladies! Any quirky tricks your midwife mentioned or anything! Tips!!
I also have a birth outline written in case I do deliver in hospital. Let me know if you want to see it
The hospital will mostly likely cast it aside
but I still have it.
BTW: I'll be 36weeks tomorrow