Prepare for a Home Birth #1 – Supplies

Posted by Jennifer on April 25, 2011 – 6:07 pm

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I’ve had two wonderful home births and am hoping for another one. Part of having your home birth go smoothly is being prepared.

  1. You should have a packed hospital bag for labor ready to go.  You never know!
  2. The midwife’s office and pager number’s should be in a prominent place.
  3. A map to the hospital, along with the phone number of the hospital, and any other important numbers should be in a prominent place.
  4. Child care should be arranged. {I plan for my mother to come and watch the children while I have the baby but I’m packing them each an overnight bag just in case things don’t go as planned and she needs to take them home with her.}
  5. Snacks and drinks planned in advance for you, your spouse and the midwives in the event that your labor is a long one.

Gathering Supplies:

Here is a list of supplies that I prepare. You may not need them all and I’m sure this isn’t exhaustive but they are things I’ve had prepared.

For Labor

  • chapstick
  • a candle
  • CD Player + music selection
  • Pillows, blanket
  • Comfy clothing + hair elastics. {I plan to wear my hair in braids this time to keep it out of my way and still be comfortable for my post-labor nap!}
  • Light reading + movies
  • Gravol {during Chloe’s long labor, the midwife recommended I take two to calm vomiting and help me get some rest!}
  • Tena underwear
  • Waterproof protectors
  • Drinks
  • Snacks (juice, boiled eggs, cheese, crackers etc. Labor is hard work!)
  • Straws
  • Birth Ball
  • Stool or something to sit on/lean over
  • Warm Rice Pack
  • Rocking Chair

For Birth

  • Flannel backed disposable table cloths
  • Waterproof pads (handy for sitting on furniture if your water hasn’t broken etc.)
  • Old Towels
  • Old facecloths in a crock pot for perineum compresses to sooth and help prevent tearing.
  • Clean facecloths for your face
  • Heating Pad
  • Old Sheets on Bed (and an extra old set though honestly? I have a waterproof pad under me and have yet to stain any sheets)
  • Placenta Bowl
  • “Garbage & laundry” totes lined with garbage bags
  • extra garbage bags

 

For Afterwards

  • Clean nightgown
  • Tena pads or disposable underwear {I wore pads with my first then realized how awesome disposable underwear is. I had no idea that there would be so much fluid those first 24-28 hours}
  • Ice pack (help alleviate pain if you have any stitches)
  • Tylenol or Motrin
  • Peroxide
  • Thermometer
  • Peroxide
  • Good lamp available for perineum repairs
  • Healing Herbal Bath {recipe found on the Hamilton Midwives’ website}
  • This time round I am also trying the IntelliCeuticals Episi-Prep Cream that was provided to me for review to help prevent / sooth perineum tearing.
  • I also like to have a bottle of Folex carpet cleaner and a roll of paper towel somewhere handy. I’ve yet to need it but you never know.

For Baby

  • Heating Pad {to make sure receiving blankets are nice and toasty for sweet baby}
  • Receiving Blankets
  • Cap & Mittens
  • Diapers {I cloth diaper but use disposables for the first few days!}
  • Baby Wipes
  • Presents for siblings

Tomorrow’s post will talk setting up for a homebirth. For those readers out there who have had a home birth, did I miss anything essential?

Have you had or considered a homebirth?

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  1. 1. Cassandra Said:

    So happy to see you planning for homebirth! I’ve had 2 successful (and INCREDIBLE) homebirths. One was a normal ‘land’ birth and the other was a waterbirth, which was largely unassisted. I’ve been meaning to post about them and haven’t gotten around to it yet. Homebirth is an amazingly empowering experience when were learn to trust God, trust ourselves, and trust caring women who are educated and inspired to help us achieve a normal, inspiring birth. If anyone is considering having their baby at home – do lots of reading, pray about it, and definitely DO IT if you feel right about it. I had one hospital birth (our first) and I’d never, ever go back. Besides, birthing at home is not only relaxing and beautiful, it is also statistically safer. xo

    Cassandra
    http://www.unplugyourfamily.ca

  2. 2. Linda Thomas Said:

    Hi, every time I see your blog post in my e-mail inbox, I ask myself, “Is this the day? Has the baby arrived?” I’m excited about your new little one. God bless you all as you anticipate this miraculous event!

    Linda

  3. 3. Jennifer Said:

    Thanks Linda; I can’t wait to share the ‘magic day’ with everyone!!

  4. 4. Sandra Said:

    I hope you have a wonderful home birth! I’ve never had the guts to try this, but I’m amazed at people who do. 🙂

  5. 5. Judy Said:

    Wow, all these things I had never thought of for a home birth…random question…what does the midwife do if you are Group B Strep positive?

  6. 6. Jennifer Said:

    @Judy, I think it depends on where you live. Here, they test you for it right near the end of your pregnancy and if you’re positive, I believe they bring a special antibiotics with them for you during labor. Midwives also bring meds to prevent hemorrhaging, oxygen for mom and baby along with a few other things for safety.
    Though if they have ANY concerns at all, the midwives will recommend a hospital birth; safety of mom and baby are always the main focus 🙂

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