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So I've been thinking about a UC, and while I'm by no means sure that it's the way for me to go, I'd like to know what I'd need to have on hand, without buying a kit. (no money for that sort of thing AT ALL!) Also, if there are any other Canadians and espeicially Nova Scotians out there, what about the paperwork? How do you get your MSI application and birthcertificate done, among others.
 

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<b>I'd also like to know!</b> I have lists and lists of things I've been told I might want, but so much of it seems unnecessary to me.<br><br>
For those of you who have been there:<br><br>
1. What were the bare necessities that you HAD to have and why/what for (I want a waterbirth, btw... that's my goal).<br>
2. What were some luxuries you decided to have, but could have done without if needed?<br>
3. What about being sewn back up, if you rip? What did you do about that?<br>
4. Anything else we should know that you wish YOU had known beforehand?<br><br>
I'm in Louisiana, and I'd like to know how do I go about getting a birth certificate and such, since the hospital always just handed me the paperwork to sign for all of that.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">1. What were the bare necessities that you HAD to have and why/what for (I want a waterbirth, btw... that's my goal).<br><b>Towels, something to catch the placenta in, scissors (if you plan to cut the cord), cord tie of some sort and chux/waterproof pads.</b><br><br>
2. What were some luxuries you decided to have, but could have done without if needed?<br><b>A birth pool (loved having that), inkless foot printer, wombstringe herbs (could have eaten placenta), baby scale.</b><br><br>
3. What about being sewn back up, if you rip? What did you do about that?<br><b>I didn't tear during my UC but I would have called a midwife that was supportive, same thing this time.</b><br><br>
4. Anything else we should know that you wish YOU had known beforehand?<br><b>I can't really think of anything. My birth was really straightforward and easy to deal with. I loved that my dh took pictures. I wish I would have set up the birth pool earlier so I could have spent more time in it. Trust yourself and the process.<br>
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all i needed were blankets/sleeping bags for my birthing pallet, lots of towels, balance ball to lean over, small pillow to rest head under while leaning onto ball and counter top, clean blankets for after the birth, container to put placenta in for lotus birth, and a cup for water. if you have long hair you may want something to tie it back with (i didn't do that cause tieing back my hair gives me a headache. you will need something to wash out your birth cloths with. we used Bi-o-kleen's enzyme remover. It took a lot of loads of laundry, but everything came pretty clean. i'm glad i didn't waste money on a birth kit.
 

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Pretty much everything i *needed* I already had in my house.<br><br>
I used (in particular):<br><br>
Bathtub<br>
My sewing scissors for the cord<br>
Bowl from the kitchen for the placenta<br>
Towels (all my towels were white, are stilll in use 2 years later & didn't stain despite getting quite bloody)<br>
A waterproof mattress protector<br>
Camera<br>
Blanket for the baby<br><br>
Pasta & Sauce - for eating in the bath and.or after the birth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
You don't need to have anything to tie the cord with if you leave it well alone for long enough, but maybe you would like something for a "what if" type thing.<br><br>
All the stuff I bought & made leading up to it served me to *feel* more ready, but I didn't even think of any of it once I was in labour (incense, mixed cd's, shower caps, bendy straws...etc etc.)
 

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The kits I have found are only between $20-$30. Seems cheaper than going out and purchasing all the stuff in larger quantities seperately. I keep reading about bending straws, what may I ask are they for other than the obvious lol?<br><br>
Rebecca <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Towels (all my towels were white, are stilll in use 2 years later & didn't stain despite getting quite bloody)</div>
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Hydrogen peroxide is great at bubbling out blood stains...even those set by hot water and high-heat dryers. It's harsh on fabrics (like diluted bleach) but a few bottles saved our security deposit after our fourth child was born when I was partially in the bathroom and partially over the off-white hallway carpet.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">The kits I have found are only between $20-$30. Seems cheaper than going out and purchasing all the stuff in larger quantities seperately. I keep reading about bending straws, what may I ask are they for other than the obvious lol?<br><br>
Rebecca <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I asked that too.... they're for drinking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I UC'd in Alberta. I got my Birth Kit from <a href="http://www.inhishands.com/html/birthkit.html" target="_blank">In His Hands</a> No problem getting it across the border and quick too. They have an Emergency birth kit for just over $10usd. I got one of their Deluxe birth kits and used very little of it. I would have been fine with and emergency one. As for Birth Certificates it differs from province to province, I contacted someone who had UC'd in AB and she walked me through the process.
 

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A vagina? That's the only essential IME <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Haha, yeah, well... a vagina is useful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm not one for birth kits, because I KNOW myself, and I know I wouldn't use 99% of those things. Most of the things I'll be using are things I already have (bowls, towels, etc). Ive made a short list of the things I'd like to get in addition, and the only thing I really don't have on hand is tinctures to stop the bleeding.<br><br>
Anyone think these are necessary?
 

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Is it necessary to have a syringe?<br><br>
Somethings that I am thinking of going to a thrift shop to purchase are dark towels and an few extra sheets. I have a shower curtain that I want to put down on top of the made bed for an extra layer and be able to just rip off the sheet and curtain and still have a made bed after the babe is born. And then we can throw out the shower curtain and the sheet.<br><br>
oh and another question... with a pool (just the fishy pool) do you have to clean it out with anything before filling it?
 

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Thanks for all the responses. It's a good thing someone mentioned a waterproof mattress cover... I hadn't even thought of that! What would you use to tie the cord with? I think someone suggested shoelaces, but would I need to boil them or something first?<br><br>
Also thanks to the poster about perioxide on the carpet... I also live in rental accomadation!
 

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My dd braided three strands of embroidery thread to make a cord tie. It worked just fine. I didn't sterlize it just let the cord go white and limp before cutting it.<br>
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I am not planning on cutting the cord until it has completely stopped bleeding but I do plan to have a braided embroidery thread tie in a ziploc bag on the fridge just in case we have to cut earlier.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">...the only thing I really don't have on hand is tinctures to stop the bleeding. Anyone think these are necessary?</div>
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I think anti-hemorrhagics are necessary for managed births as their SOPs make hemorrhaging so common.<br><br>
That being said I'll always have nettles tincture in my birth bag because I have such a history of bleeding. As a kid I used to get spontaneous nosebleeds that would stop about an hour later when the doctor cauterized the bleed. I also have homeopathic remedies for bleeding. My constitutional remedy has the keynote "profuse bright red blood from small wounds."<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I guess I'll be the contrarian today. If you wait long enough you don't need to tie the cord at all before cutting it. That being said I don't see why a cord would need to be sterilized at all. You're not tying a thin cord so tight it cuts into the umbilical cord providing a route for contamination. No one who knows me IRL would ever accuse me of being a germaphobe but if I had any issues with the cord and sterility it would be for the cutting implement. Across rural China, India, and parts of Africa neonatal tetanus is an issue from contaminated cord cutting instruments. (another case for lotus birth)<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think anti-hemorrhagics are necessary for managed births as their SOPs make hemorrhaging so common.<br><br>
That being said I'll always have nettles tincture in my birth bag because I have such a history of bleeding. As a kid I used to get spontaneous nosebleeds that would stop about an hour later when the doctor cauterized the bleed. I also have homeopathic remedies for bleeding. My constitutional remedy has the keynote "profuse bright red blood from small wounds."<br><br><br>
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Is nettles tincture all you use? My dh has horrible nosebleeds, like water spraying out of a faucet bleeding and he gets so upset when it happens and it won't stop for over an hour. Yes my man is a suck! And do you just take the tincture orally?
 

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All I had was the tub, steralized scissors, cord clamps, some fresh towels to wrap us in afterwards. Those are what I felt necessary.<br><br>
I also had a hanging digital scale, a footprinter, bulb syringe (didn't need it), and I think that's it.<br><br>
This time I want to try to get a shepard's purse tincture, but if I can't I'll probbaly eat a little piece of placenta because I bled REALLY heavily last time and almost passed out from it. (Very large placenta) I don't think I'll be buying cord clamps. I want to make a cord tie with embroidery floss instead. Maybe. I'm nervous about just cutting it without something closing it, so I probably will do that.<br><br>
The girls on my old UC board said if they tore, they didn't go get stitched up, they got fresh seaweed (from the local health food store, I guess) and kept it on the cut and kept their legs tightly closed, except when they had to go to the bathroom. I'm not sure what I would do. For DD1 (hospital birth) I had a deep 3rd degree lasceration and tore from vag to bum... DD2 I had two little skidmarks going up my inner labias, but nothing major. Just put warm water and tea tree oil in a peri bottle and used it every time I peed.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Is nettles tincture all you use? My dh has horrible nosebleeds, like water spraying out of a faucet bleeding and he gets so upset when it happens and it won't stop for over an hour. Yes my man is a suck! And do you just take the tincture orally?</div>
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I rely on my homeopathic remedies extensively and only keep the nettles in my birthing supplies. I didn't go into detail on the remedies since, as a classical homeopath, I treat the whole person, rather than a single symptom, and different folks can need different remedies.<br><br>
That being said a low potency of Ferrum-phosphoricum (like 3 to 12 X) can stop most bleeds in most folks. You can put a pellet under the tongue and one right on the wound. Often such low potencies are sold under the name Tissue Salts or Cell Salts.<br><br>
I use homeopathic Phosphorus for my hemorrhaging as it's my constitutional remedy as well as a big bleeding remedy. It's indicated by lots of bright red blood from small wounds. The same symptoms accompanied by nausea (or lessened by or alternating with vomiting) indicate homeopathic Ipecacuana. Hemorrhaging bluish blood (venous rather than arterial) indicates homeopathic Lachesis.<br><br>
While those are the most commonly needed bleeding remedies, I think Ferrum-phos 6X would be handy to carry in your purse for your son's nose bleeds. If you want to treat him further yourself you might look up the remedies I mentioned, visit a homeopath, and/or join <a href="http://nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/services/studygroup_list.jsp" target="_blank">an NCH study group</a> to learn how to use homeopathic remedies to treat various injuries and acute illnesses.
 

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for the birth all i'm having is shoe laces, angelica raspberry tincture, wombstringe tincture, chux pads (free), towels (already own dark ones), pool, hose to fill pool, pool skimmer and a rented doppler. I'm also getting witch hazel, a peri bottle and a sitz bath for postpartum. The whole kit seems like a waste to me esp since my DH can get chux at work. I do want to have the tinctures on hand since hemmorage is more likely in twin birth.
 
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