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so what, at minimum, do I need to have ready for this not very well planned UC??<br><br>
I have tons of receiving blankets, washed and ready.<br>
I will pick up the forms needed to get a birth certificate today.<br>
I will pick up a matress protector today as well, to keep blood/fluid form getting in the mattress (if I decde to birth there anyway, I may use the tub/shower as well)<br>
I will pick up a bulb syringe (in case of its need) today.<br>
I have cotton string, and I can sterilize a pair of kitchen shears.<br>
I have old towels and sheets I can use on the bed.<br><br><br>
I am due between the 19th and the 23rd (the ultrasound said 19th, but my kids are always late, and my original dates said 23rd) and I only found out yesterday that I was gonna have to do this alone and at home (though I have wanted a homebirth for a long time, I was planning to go to hospital with midwife--- but she went on vacation and the covering midwife she left does not take my insurance, which I was only told YESTERDAY) I was prepared to do the actual birth at hom with just DH last time, since I have very fast labors (under 4 hours each) but planned to have the midwife come out right after then... now that is not even an option, so I need to do this completely just DH and me.<br><br>
unless baby decides to wait till midwife is back, on the 26th... but my babies are not usually THAT late... I figured by using the 23rd as a date I could pretend this one was actually on time... but I figure this one will not be bron later than the 24th or so, knowing my history, and midwife will still be gone then...<br><br>
and fact is, even if baby waits, at this point, I don't know if I want to go anywhere anyway, since this whole situation just made me so MAD! I don't know if I could bear to do all this prepping and worrying and then go an be delivered by the midwife after all.<br><br>
I also am reading the birth and after birth sections of "a book for midwifes" that I found in one of the stickies here... it is helpful, but also makes me worry reading about all the things that"could" go wrong...<br><br>
gahh.. why is life so complicated?
 

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That sounds great! A room heater would be really helpful to warm towels and keep you warm to avoid pph after the birth. Food and drink for during labor, etc...<br><br>
I wouldn't use a bulb syringe--they are not very gentle on the little ones--usually letting gravity work and some nursing will clear passages just fine. Many midwives that support unhindered birth are leavining these out of their kits.<br><br>
If you want more support/info read the resources sticky. Also, the forum on the <a href="http://www.unassistedchildbirth.com" target="_blank">www.unassistedchildbirth.com</a> website has LOTS of articles and some really wise women to lend an ear and offer support.
 

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I second the "no-bulb syringe" thing. For my daughter's UC, directly after her birth I angled her down and on her tummy for a few minutes while she began to breathe. So essentially, she was laying on her tummy on my hand, with her head slightly lower than her bum. This aids in draining and breathing (I was gently rubbing her back as well) while not hurting the baby. It's becoming less common in hospitals for routine suction as well, simply because it's usually not necessary and it is possible to hurt the baby with the tip of the bulb. In the case of emergency, it may be more effective to suck out mucus yourself by placing your mouth over the baby's nose and mouth and just sucking. But, to each their own.
 

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you could also use your own mouth to 'suction out' rather than a bulb too. i happened to have one that came with a first aid kit, but i had no intention of using it really.
 

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Thanks ladies. I appreciate the advice. I have the bulb syringe at this point, but kind of figured it would not be needed anyway... just thought maybe it was best to have just in case. meantime, when it is not likely used, my husband told me he needed a new one for his ears, lol.<br><br>
I am feeling more prepared for this now, and am looking forward to the birth of this child again... (I had been looking forward to it, then got this insurance/midwife stuff dropped in my lap... and could not be relaxed and look forwaard to it again till I had a good plan in place) Now that I feel like we have a plan set, I am feeling much better about the whole thing. I only hope at this point that baby decides to come before my mother gets here... because I know that my mother will not be nearly as comfortable with this plan as I am. it would be easier to have my friend come and stay with the kids.<br><br>
But, my mother has been planning to be here for months, and plans to come on the 21st... so there is a fair chance that baby could be born before she gets here, since the 1 early ultrasound suggested a EDD of the 19th...<br><br>
And if she is here, well, she will have to deal with worrying a little, and staying away (cause I don't want her worrying to make me start worrying at tht point) she will be busy with the 2 big kids anyway.
 

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I did use a bulb syringe because I could see a chunk of mucus in his mouth, and it was the easiest way to get it out. It was one suck and that was it. I have heard of moms sucking with their own mouth, and others just waiting, but it disturbed me slightly, so I sucked it out *shrug* I think you have a great list there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I went super low-maintenance. I'd gotten methergine from a homebirthing friend who didn't use it (I didn't need it and passed it on, lol). I had a bulb syringe already (didn't use it much, just a tiny bit in her mouth). Some old towels. Shoelaces. That was pretty much it! Oh, the kiddie pool of course.
 

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We don't go for too many supplies.<br>
Last time I braided some cord ties, this time we just used dental floss.<br>
Heating pad, receiving blankets and lots and lots of towels, a few chux are handy, mirror (to inspect for tearing afterward), andddd that's about it!<br>
If I didn't have a midwife to show up afterward, I'd like actual cord clamps (or they used an elasterator band this time which I think is So so so much better!), and a scale because I like to have a general idea of weight.
 

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Oops, baby came fast this morning and I didn't really have any supplies ready. We ended up using some old towels, fishing line for the cord (not ideal, not sure why I didn't think of dental floss- it has been replaced with some yarn but probably isn't needed anymore anyway), and a large bowl for the placenta. We already had it all, just needed to locate it. So anyway you probably have all you NEED in your house, the rest is what you want- some sort of peri bottle helps for peeing after the birth, hot packs for afterpains, clothing and diapers of course.
 
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