I just got a list from my midwife for supplies we need to buy for our upcoming homebirth. She does have a “birth kit” set up through a website so I can easily just order everything together for about $30.
~1 – 2 dozen large “chux” pads (basically like flat, adult diapers… puppy pads work just as well, yea???)
~1 box sterile gauze sponges (4x4’s)
~1 – 2 boxes of large overnight sanitary napkins or a box of adult diapers (AWESOME)
~1 peri-bottle (small squeeze bottle)
~1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide
~1 sterile bulb syringe
~1 unopened bottle of olive oil or other oil for perineal massage
~2 large trash bags for soiled linens and trash
~large piece of plastic or plastic shower curtain or flannel-back plastic table cloth to cover mattress or floor
She also mentioned to have the following available:
~flashlight with new batteries
~roll of paper towels
~camera/video camera with film/batteries
~3 washclothes and 4 large bath towels
~extra sheets, towels, and pillows
~heating pad or hot water bottle
~clothes and diapers for the baby
~1 large pan or bowl (for hot water)
~food and drink for labor (straws are handy too)
~Ibuprofen (NOT for use during pregnancy, fyi)
~Gatorade, Emergen-C, or some other electrolyte balancing fluid
Obviously I’m new at this so help me out! All the above is fine and dandy, I can do that. But what about things for ME? For labor and birth and postpartum. I don’t need to worry about packing for a hospital (knock on wood) and I can basically have anything I want at home.… so.… what should I get?!
I just randomly googled for homebirth supplies and found a couple kits. I’ve never heard of these and am wondering if they’d be useful or if I should be getting something else? Or nothing at all?
Labor Complex Homeopathic ($22.95): it says to use it during your last week of pregnancy. Contains:
- Alteris Farinosa
- Actear Racemosa
- Arnica Montana
Labor Support Synergy ($14.95): this is just aromatherapy.. may help the uterus contract? Contains: Lavender, Jasmine, Clary Sage and Rose.
Candles sound nice… a music playlist… I have my “ICAN VBAC” bracelet and was going to buy these bracelets (from bringbirthhome.com), but they’re sold out:
I love the idea of having affirmations up around the house. Maybe birth art (that I haven’t started yet) or positive sayings. I love the “blessingway” that The Feminist Breeder had. It’s like having a shower, but it’s not about gifts – it’s about the mom. Friends each bring one special bead and you can make it into a necklace or bracelet for the mom to wear. You can also have them bring (or mail) a piece of cloth with a saying or a drawing or anything positive and awesome on it – to string into a banner and hang in the birthing area.
If you’ve had a homebirth, did you have anything special around the house? Did you buy anything extra? Any homeopathic remedies or herbs I should try?