Also In His Hands birth supply, and Cascade Health supplies, but I think Cascade is expensive. Ollies is wonderful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
I got my O2 tank froom the thrift store for 5 dollars<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> That was just lucky. I get most of my stuff from medical supply companies. Veterinary supply companies are great too, and a whole lot cheaper.
Ollie (birth with love), Cascade, at a local college book store for the bp cuff- but I do not recommend the sprague-rappaport type stethoscope because the ear pieces are uncomfortable and the quality is so-so<br>
- ebay!!! I got an excellent O2 tank on ebay with a great regulator, also bought a littman stethoscope for about 1/2 what you would pay at a medical supply house. get the catalogues and shop around a bit--- if I were to upgrade anything it would be the bp cuff I would probably get the one-handed with the dial right above the pump.
<a href="http://www.midwifesupplies.com" target="_blank">www.midwifesupplies.com</a> also offers a student/apprentice discount. Just email her.<br><br>
And yes, the one-handed palm-model bp cuff is SO worth it! So much easier for me to use in labor.
I got almost all of my midwifery equipment from a midwife who was retiring. If you have any kind of local midwives' organization you might put out a notice that you are looking for stuff. There are a few non-practicing midwives I can think of in my area who have not sold their stuff because of sentimental reasons, but if they see that there is someone who needs it, they might be motivated to do so.<br><br>
The one thing that I bought on my own that wasn't included in the midwife's stash was a littman infant stethescope. I cannot tell you how much better it works than the cheap adult stethescopes I had been using. I can hear such subtle sounds when I listen to babies' lungs and hearts and it is sensitive enough to substitute for my fetoscope when I forget that.<br><br>
Ollie has many things that are not on her website as well -- if you want something you can call her and she will try to track it down. I get birth kits from her and find that she is pretty quick turning them around.