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<p>I know their are a lot of threads like this but i wanted to hear specifically from my ddc mamas what things other than your midwives required list do you intend to have on hand. Be it candles lipbalm whatever, thanks =)</p>
 

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<p>A few wash cloths and a bucket full of ice water to lay over my forehead when I get hot</p>
<p>My fleece robe and slipper socks for when I get chilly</p>
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<p>good ideas adding those to my list =)</p>
 

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<p>I like to have coconut water, water with electrolytes, and popsicles on hand.  I tend to labor quickly and my husband is in charge of keeping me hydrated.   Other than that, I wouldn't have a clue if music were on or candles are lit, I am so out of it! </p>
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<p>My first midwife said - forget the music, candles, fancy outfits and frou-frou stuff - come to your birth ready to work:)</p>
 

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<p>Not much really. My births were both pretty quick and I didn't find that I needed much.</p>
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<p>Yes to lots of face cloths/towels, lip balm, popsicles (& watermelon for my two summer-ish births). A friend of mine also had frozen grapes at her mw's suggestion. Easy quick snack that's cold and hydrates.</p>
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<p>A hot water bottle.</p>
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<p>I did really enjoy having music at one of my births but the one where we didn't have music, it didn't matter. I just have these very specific moments of my ds's birth burned in my brain because of the music that was playing.</p>
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<p>One thing you can do at a homebirth is have someone throw a few towels and baby blankets in the dryer for 15 minutes while you are pushing. Then you've got pre-warmed linens to lay over baby when you're having some skin-to-skin afterward.</p>
 

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<p>Pillows were very useful...especially during active labor.  I put a pillow on a chair, kneeled in front of the chair and rested my upper body on the pillow...it was perfect.  I suggest making sure have a few near you in case you need one.</p>
 

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<p>I guess I never really needed anything else as my labors so far has been quick. The one thing I need to tell DH is to take pics for as soon the baby is born. I guess it all depends how I feel during labor also, I can always have somebody get something. I also birthed each child in a different position. Oh..I don't know if this makes a difference but with my son birth the lights where more dim but for DD it had more lights and I felt it made me more aware of my surroundings and I didn't feel as calm as with DS, but maybe it was just because it was my 2nd pregnancy..who knows..</p>
 

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<p>Definitely a birth ball  (AKA exercise/ pilates ball)... I spent most of my 7-hr labour on it. Also a bottle of wine, a glass or two can help take the edge off.</p>
 

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<p>A birth ball is really the only thing I can think of, and even that my mw will bring one if I didn't have one.</p>
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<p>Really, for me, one of the biggest perks of birthing at home is having all my normal comfort things around so if something suddenly sounds good, I can have DH run and get it real fast.</p>
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<p>A way to dim the lights is another idea. So if you only have an overhead in your bedroom, you might want to pick up a cheap reading lamp, etc. I found birthing in the semi lit living room last time to be very calming and more comfortable.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks ladies <span><img alt="orngbiggrin.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>yeah I too have enjoyed the large ball and birth pool, other than that I have to chime in and add that my labors have been so quick as well (seems to be a common thread here- YAY) I just haven't even had any time for anything else... </p>
 

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<p>Not homebirth but freestanding birth center so I figure it's close enough (just minus a few supplies!). </p>
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<p>I'm going to bring an mp3 player (hoping to get a cheap waterproof one!), anddd.... I don't know. Probably not anything else. I would bring candles and such but she has candles at the center that are unscented and I'm afraid scented ones will bother me so I'd rather not mess with it. </p>
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<p>And no need to bring the birth ball as she has one and she also has a really huge tub! That's the only thing that makes me okay with the fact that I can't homebirth (she does homebirths as well but stupid Medicaid won't cover it...even though it's the same midwife with the same equipment - apparently the building determines if it's worth covering <img alt="irked.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/irked.gif">). </p>
 
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