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#1 of 12 Old 09-10-2010, 05:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I know a lot of midwives have birth kits or certain supplies that they require their clients to purchase and have ready. Or maybe there's some stuff that you want to have for the birth. When do you plan on ordering them?

I'm ordering a fetoscope on the first of October (I get paid on the first of the month) since I figure I'll start hearing a heartbeat around the first of November. All the rest of the birth stuff I'm going to order with my Christmas money so it's one less thing to pay for and worry about when it gets close to baby time.

Is it weird to have this stuff sitting around for months? When do you plan on getting all your supplies?

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My midwife will not do homebirths until 34 weeks so I don't get anything until at least then. I get everything from Birth with Love: http://www.birthwithlove.com/categor...ITID=453058246

I have a fetoscope from my pregnancy with my son. I lent it out to my best friends whose birth I attended last week and I just got it back last night. I'm excited for when I can hear little bird's heart beat.

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my sister is having a homebirth this month and works mother/baby in a hospital. last time she built a little stash for me. plus she's in frontier's midwifery program. probably won't get supplies until after i see what she sends.

it was good to have 6 weeks early last time. that way my midwife could look at the stuff and make sure we had what we needed.

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As I recall, I didn't start gathering stuff until around 7 months last time. I do think it would be nice to see the list and maybe start gathering what I can for free over the early months but I'm not even due to see my MW util another 2+ weeks.

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I have 90% of it from last time ( old sheets, towels, receiving blankets etc)
Midwife brings the other half of it... the only things I really need to buy are pads ( I like to make them with witch hazel and throw them in the freezer), some plastic to cover the rugs so they don't get bloody, some chux pads and maybe some depends.

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Last time I waited until near the end. We had to have it all assembled, sterilized and ready to go for our home visit around 37 weeks. I waited until a week or so before and bought it all then... birth kit from the MWs, and towels etc from thrift store.

The one thing I would highly recommend purchasing early is a pool, if you're going to have one. Last time I was late purchasing it and didn't have a chance to do a trial run. I inflated it one Saturday night and went into labor several hours later. Turned out the pool had a structural problem. I could use it but my DH or doula had to support one side of the pool the entire time. Gave a whole new meaning to the idea of birth support lol!

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LOL Allison!

I have no idea! This is my first home birth and I haven't been to my first appt yet. So, I imagine she'll give me her opinion on when to buy it. I love the idea of purchasing it with your Christmas money!

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Last time I got them around 35 weeks. Before 36 weeks, my midwife would have sent me to the hospital...

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Last time I got them around 35 weeks. Before 36 weeks, my midwife would have sent me to the hospital...
Me too. I guess that is pretty much the standard.

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Ok, mamas...this is crazy because I'm only 10 weeks and not even past the point of my miscarriage but I guess I've started my birth kit. I was at the Dollar Tree today (my first time in that crazy store). Anyway, I found a king sized waterproof mattress pad for a dollar and bought it. Oy...

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A mattress pad for $1??? That made me laugh! You can definitely find an odd mix of stuff in those stores.
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I know, MI...I was so excited. It even has a "skirt" meaning it fits down over the sides of the bed and it's not "super nasty" material either, kind of like shower curtain, which is what I had for DC's birth.

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