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Our midwife gave us a list of things we need and also said it was a good idea to have a meal ready for after labor (I'm one of those that would eat the nearest human if there was no food after the baby was born, LOL!) So she suggested the cheese crackers nuts thing for during labor and then she said it's nice if there is a meal ready for afterward that everyone can have (specifically if labor was very long, your midwife will have been there a LOOONG time and may be starving as well). My MW stays 2-4 hours post birth and honestly I can imagine they'd be hungry! She suggested making a baked ziti or lasagne to freeze and then it can be thawed and reheated during labor so everyone has a real meal after the birth!

My only problem is, if this labor is as long as my last one (3 hours or shorter) then that lasagna will still be frozen like a rock by the time the baby is born!
I ordered my supplies, have some baby diapers coming and am generally ready/prepared. Just gotta get over this nagging pain that I get near the top of my uterus that's making me paranoid about having a mild abruption already!!!

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My midwives looked after their own food last time, and I would expect the same again. I asked my MIL to make tea after Neela was born, and I expect that they were offered some, but I stayed in the bedroom while they went out to chart in the living room. So I'm not really sure if they got anything to eat or drink. But I don't think that playing hostess is my job either in labour or immediately afterwards. We had snacks for labour that I would have been happy to share, but it didn't come up. And my post-birth meal was a lot of toast and PB.

My midwives didn't travel far (the student midwife walked across the street to come to my birth!) and they weren't there for long last time. The primary and student midwife arrived 6 pm, Neela was born before 9pm, and they were gone and we were in bed by 11. The back up midwife came was there for only an hour or less (I think- I didn't notice when she arrived, but it wasn't long before the birth).

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i asked about the food thing because its listed on my hb supplies list. i think we'll do the pasta thing, and then have a veggie tray and some crackers/ cheese out to snack on. the OJ is a MARVELOUS idea! ive been craving it all pg, lol. am i the only one who gets sick at the thought of eating real food after giving birth though? i mean i did just because i knew it was good for me, but food really did not appeal to me for days after dd was born. drinking things was fine, but food made me nauseated- maybe just because i was so pumped up from the birth? maybe this time ill have the blender ready to make some yummy smoothies.

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A veg tray is a great idea!! It will be spring to so Ill have to make a key lime cheesecake too!! (the main reason I love spring, the citrus recipes!!) The last hb we were DIRT poor and had nothing but cheese and crackers and water for the mws to nibble on. This time I plan to give them, and us, something good to eat!

I am a little nervous about thinking of doing anything when Im in labor. Last time I stayed in bed and threw up the whole time, did anyone do this? Should I try harder to get up and walk?

This is another thing to add to my list of things to do before baby comes that I forgot about!

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Reading about food reminded me of the errand I sent my husband on when I was in early-ish labour last time- to the liquor store to buy scotch. I thought I would give birth, relax and recover for a bit, then have a nice glass of scotch before taking a nap?!?

He knew better than to question me when I was in labour, but scotch was the *last* thing that I wanted to drink after having a baby. It was a couple of weeks before I finally had my celebratory drink

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Reading about food reminded me of the errand I sent my husband on when I was in early-ish labour last time- to the liquor store to buy scotch. I thought I would give birth, relax and recover for a bit, then have a nice glass of scotch before taking a nap?!?

He knew better than to question me when I was in labour, but scotch was the *last* thing that I wanted to drink after having a baby. It was a couple of weeks before I finally had my celebratory drink
SCOTCH!!?? HAHAHA. I just laughed so hard I almost fell on the floor. Were you anticipating a rough labor? I can't imagine though, scotch is the last thing from my mind even when I'm not pregnant! LOL.

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SCOTCH!!?? HAHAHA. I just laughed so hard I almost fell on the floor. Were you anticipating a rough labor? I can't imagine though, scotch is the last thing from my mind even when I'm not pregnant! LOL.

I seriously have NO IDEA what I was thinking. Other than that it was a cold rainy day, and I do like a glass of scotch as a nice "sipping" drink in the winter.

I still get teased about it by my family- most women in labour would send their husbands for popsicles, or gatorade, or mints, but I sent mine for scotch. I totally that he actually did it (though that may have been because he was also buying celebratory beer for himself).

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I had a well stocked fridge last birth, full of finger foods. We ended up ordering a pizza. I'll probably only have a few things on hand this time around.

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Awww...Am I the only one that gets sick during labor, delivery and post delivery? I threw up the entire time with DD. I couldn't even drink water. It was a rapid delivery, so I didn't really notice, but still, LOL. I would love to be able to snack, or at least WANT to snack during it this time. Oh well, here's to hoping!
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Awww...Am I the only one that gets sick during labor, delivery and post delivery? I threw up the entire time with DD. I couldn't even drink water. It was a rapid delivery, so I didn't really notice, but still, LOL. I would love to be able to snack, or at least WANT to snack during it this time. Oh well, here's to hoping!
2nd baby, 2nd homebirth. First was fast, no chance to fill the birthing tub- we'll see about this one. I was sick several times due to the force of contractions in the first stage of labor and not really hungry much during the second. I did not want to snack but did not mind. I'll take a fast, low-pain labor to eating in labor any day, thank you very much!

I was about to have a glass of wine during my labor when all of a sudden, transition. Ooops. And then after labor I didn't even want alcohol although we had champagne all set out. It was such a high.

Getting ready- well I've been freezing two jars of any soup that turns out well, for a start, and have about eight jars of good soups for me and DD. I should also make and freeze some bread tomorrow. Bought the new CDs because I left the old ones to SIL, as well as some new infant clothes so I have plenty of clothes I like (footed pants and kimono shirts) so we don't have to use stuff with all the snaps. We got the cradle some time ago. Now I need the birth kit and to figure out stuff with my DH because we are separated right now and it is SO HARD as it was very unhealthy for all three of us (me, DH, and DD) BUT we really want to work it out BUT- well that's another post. So we need to figure out where we'll be living! I'm at my mom's and he's planning on enlisting soon so we'll see. If you pray please pray for our family...

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simplymother, I wonder if you could get a birthpool liner to go inside the hot tub for clean water sake? I'm not sure if you'd want the jets on?
With ds's waterbirth I was in the shower for over an hour while they (doula and dh) got the pool ready, and yes it took lots of boiling big pots of water throughout my labour.
I'm not sure what a liner is, or what it would do here? I imagined we'd just have to let all the water out and refill the hot tub after we use it for labor and/or birth (well, if my water has broken during labor), and that seemed like a bit of a waste until I remembered that if we got the birth pool, we'd have to fill that up just to dump it right back out anyway.

EdnaMarie: Wow! Freezing soups and bread? You are really on top of things! Good ideas.

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This is a liner http://www.mamagoddessbirthshop.com/...-bassine-liner
I just thought it would be easier for not only clean up afterward but also if your concerned by chemicals once being in the hot tub.

Is it possible that you could clean the hot tub and put clean 'birthing water' in when your around 38 weeks, so when you have to go into labour, you just turn on the heat?

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ok you all- are any of you planning to have some food ready for your mw's to munch on? and if so, what? im going to go search the hb forum too, but thought id ask here as well.
I'm not sure what most folks do. We were planning to keep an assorted tea selection and some snacks out in the kitchen area, but ended up getting unexpected help:
My MIL took inventory of the cupboards while we waited the two weeks after my EDD. She used the info to write up a menu. SHe posted this in our bedroom and she stationed herself in the kitchen, ready to take orders from any of us. It was wonderful! I hope she'll be able to do the same again. MIL had 2 HBs, so had an idea of what would be nice. I ordered oatmeal right after dd#2's birth.

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I just went back and read a few posts. Very entertaining. I hadn't thought about feeding my MW but that would be a good idea to have some munchies. It's not as if I'm particularly close to anything good.... Especially since I live in a town where NOTHING is open 24hrs and most places close at 6pm. And labor isn't terribly predictable. I did think about getting her a little gift, though.

When is everyone ordering their birth kits? I want to get mine a little early because my history of preterm makes me a bit paranoid. But I don't want to get it too early, and then if I went into labor too early to stay home, have it go to waste. I think I'd like to have it here by 35 weeks, because that's when I'd be willing to stay home... Even though my MW can't legally attend anything that isn't between 37-42 weeks. I would rather do it at home with my mother and husband than go in for an, IMO, unnecessary hospital birth.

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For food/snacks, I'm planning on just having lunch meat/sandwich fixins' in the fridge, some yogurts and probably crackers and nuts, snacky sort of stuff. I'm not a big eater for a day or so after birth, so thinking of baking a casserole really grosses me out, haha! I'll ask my midwife about specific drink choices beforehand and have those in there as well. That way I figure everyone can kind of tend to themselves and nothing has to be cooked.

I'm not sure which PP mentioned oatmeal, but that sounds HEAVENLY for after a baby! I think I might have to have my dad bring some along when he comes to see the baby (he lives right behind us and makes the worlds BEST oatmeal!).

As for over all prep for the baby, I haven't really done anything but I don't really have anything TO do. I need to order my birth kit, but that is about it. I'm in the process of getting all my newborn stuff back from my cousin, I am good on diapers and carriers, etc. I do need to decide whether or not I want to waterbirth, though. I never have before and can't imagine how it would go. I wonder if it will be more of a hassle than it is worth. Any thoughts on this?
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Well I make them anyway, so why not chop one extra potato, beet, onion, carrot, and whatever and stick them in there? It takes hardly any more time and the rewards are just so great. Tonight I have some cabbage to take care of... heh... but it doesn't freeze well.

I think for our midwives we will have lots of dried fruit and nuts and maybe I will make and freeze some cookies ahead of time as well. Last time someone brought me snacks but the midwives ate them all (my mom served them, they didn't like, go into the cupboards! ) and they really liked the whole-wheat fig bars ("Newtons"). We will also have some bananas and fruits and carrots and stuff around, and maybe something like a pre-made, frozen pilaf or something in case it goes on for awhile. They could be working for five to ten hours without a break!

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My midwife gave me a list of supplies to have on hand at my last visit. I noticed she specifically mentioned having food for everyone (including the birth team). I'm not sure yet what we'll do. If I'm very motivated, maybe I'll make something hearty like a soup or lasagne and freeze it, but honestly, I'd rather have big, frozen meals saved for the first few weeks post-partum when I won't feel like cooking (and we don't have much space in our freezer to store a lot). More likely that I'll just have cheese and lunchmeats and hearty snacks and things (especially things that keep, since who knows when the baby will arrive) in the house. I'll also probably ask her if they have any preferences or what has worked well at other births.

She doesn't have us order a birth kit - just lists basic supplies that are all available at local drug stores. She said it's cheaper this way and we'll have all the same stuff. I need to ask around for things like some old towels to borrow, though. I know it sounds strange, but living in an apartment, and only having been married a few years, we just haven't accumulated much like that - our only towels are our "good" towels, which I don't really want to use for the birth.
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I'd rather have big, frozen meals saved for the first few weeks post-partum when I won't feel like cooking (and we don't have much space in our freezer to store a lot).

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I know it sounds strange, but living in an apartment, and only having been married a few years, we just haven't accumulated much like that - our only towels are our "good" towels, which I don't really want to use for the birth.
It doesn't sound strange to me what you are saying. I also live in a pretty small apartment with small/normal size freezer, and I am def not going to be freezing huge meals- no space. I will count on my many great neighbor friends to bring food by at first (that is what I am going to ask for if anyone offers to give me baby gifts) and really we'll just have menus from the pizza and japanese restaurant from across the street that deliver in case some of our birth team are too ravenous to survive on snacks, bread, eggs, fruit, juice. (honestly, if its the middle of the night are the midwives going to be sitting down to giant dinners? I doubt it. But I guess I will ask them about it at our home visit at 36 weeks. I wouldn't want to buy the food before that visit anyway, since they won't attend a birth before 36 weeks!).

As for towels- I am in as similar boat. I was going to take the opportunity to go through my towels and use any that are getting worn or torn, but our MW suggested picking them up for cheap at a second-hand store. Its not like it matters what they look like.

I didn't eat in the second half of labor last time. It went too fast. But I was HUNGRY afterwards. I drank a lot though (too much? Had to have a catheter inserted so I could pee BEFORE I got the stitches... hurt too much to pee otherwise... honestly I think that might have been the worst part of the whole birth- desperate to pee and in too much pain to do it). I ate soup and whole grain bread for dinner that night, and fruit, probably about 9 hours before my son was born. I mean, I normally don't eat between dinner and breakfast anyway...

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When is everyone ordering their birth kits? I want to get mine a little early because my history of preterm makes me a bit paranoid. But I don't want to get it too early, and then if I went into labor too early to stay home, have it go to waste. I think I'd like to have it here by 35 weeks, because that's when I'd be willing to stay home... Even though my MW can't legally attend anything that isn't between 37-42 weeks. I would rather do it at home with my mother and husband than go in for an, IMO, unnecessary hospital birth.
I have all my stuff. Ordered my birth kit and have all the baby things ready, including a pediatrician lined up for the 24 hour checkup. We have a deep freeze so it's easy for me to freeze meals (sorry to hear of the ladies who are in apartments, I know how that is when having a baby, I've done that too!) I have a box of old towels in the garage I found while pulling out baby clothes, they were old and I was going to cut them up into rags, but looks like they'll be birth towels now. The idea of 2nd hand towels is great. My MW suggested washing all of them in hot water with bleach (which should kill anything if you bought 2nd hand) then you have worry free towels that you can use during birth.

I also have big towels I use for my dog (135 lb mastiff) and I figure if worst comes to worst and we REALLY need more towels we can use hers (I've used them for after baths or clean up if she's been sick, always wash them on hot with bleach - but don't use them very often).

I don't think you should be in a great rush to get the stuff, I just know in my situation come April 1 this house is getting shut down. I will not worry about things, I'm in school and have arranged for my finals to be by March 31. I just want to relax the last 2 weeks of my pg. I homeschool and we will start our "summer" vacation. So, personal preference on getting all my things done early.

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Mel, when I was in labor with dd, I made dh stop for a pound of fudge on the way home (we were at his parents when I went into labor). I ate about 1/3 of the pound when the birthing pukes hit. I cried and cried that I threw up the fudge. On the way to the birthcenter dh called his dad and asked him if he could clean up the pukey tub, toilet and bathroom and the whole time he was on the phone I was "tell him don't eat my fudge" "make sure my fudge is still there"

.........I don't like fudge

I have no idea what came over me. DH said that if I start asking for fudge he's calling the mw.

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Now I need the birth kit and to figure out stuff with my DH because we are separated right now and it is SO HARD as it was very unhealthy for all three of us (me, DH, and DD) BUT we really want to work it out BUT- well that's another post. So we need to figure out where we'll be living! I'm at my mom's and he's planning on enlisting soon so we'll see. If you pray please pray for our family...
I hope that things work out for the best for all of your family. It must be hard to deal with when you're pregnant!

Azreial, ! Even if you did like fudge I bet you wouldn't after an experience like that!

I don't need to order a birth kit, but still need to buy some chux and the lovely mesh underpants. The rest will just be assembling supplies- but I'll wait until closer to 37 weeks to put towels, old sheets, pads, etc. in one place. A friend suggested assembling a ziploc bag with an "emergency birth kit" that we can also toss the cordless phone in, in case I have the fast labour that my midwives have been predicting.

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Mel, when I was in labor with dd, I made dh stop for a pound of fudge on the way home (we were at his parents when I went into labor). I ate about 1/3 of the pound when the birthing pukes hit. I cried and cried that I threw up the fudge. On the way to the birthcenter dh called his dad and asked him if he could clean up the pukey tub, toilet and bathroom and the whole time he was on the phone I was "tell him don't eat my fudge" "make sure my fudge is still there"

.........I don't like fudge

I have no idea what came over me. DH said that if I start asking for fudge he's calling the mw.
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well, there are certainly worse things to barf up than fudge... but that is pretty funny!

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well, there are certainly worse things to barf up than fudge... but that is pretty funny!
last time i was pg, i barfed up some chicken soup right after id eaten it. it tasted so fresh coming up i had a renewed craving for chicken soup. i barfed that up too! lol.

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last time i was pg, i barfed up some chicken soup right after id eaten it. it tasted so fresh coming up i had a renewed craving for chicken soup. i barfed that up too! lol.

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Mel, when I was in labor with dd, I made dh stop for a pound of fudge on the way home (we were at his parents when I went into labor). I ate about 1/3 of the pound when the birthing pukes hit. I cried and cried that I threw up the fudge. On the way to the birthcenter dh called his dad and asked him if he could clean up the pukey tub, toilet and bathroom and the whole time he was on the phone I was "tell him don't eat my fudge" "make sure my fudge is still there"

.........I don't like fudge
: I guess I'll try to ignore any inclination to eat fudge while in labor!
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No one warned me that you puked in labor. So when I work up that morning and was puking my Trix cereal (please, do not do this if you have cream colored carpet... It stains badly ) I thought I had the flu. It wasn't until my water broke that I knew I was in labor. I didn't throw up anything else for the next few days though. Which is good. I can't imagine hospital food gets better the second time around.

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last time i was pg, i barfed up some chicken soup right after id eaten it. it tasted so fresh coming up i had a renewed craving for chicken soup. i barfed that up too! lol.
OMG I am glad I am not the only person who has ever had this experience. I always thought I was just some sort of disgusting person. (and, I am laughing so hard I am crying....)

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