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I don't have UCs or lotus birth, but I am a homebirther. Here are some things I keep on hand.
Several black, red or brown towels
Chux pads (I believe you can get them at most stores near adult diapers)
Large waterproof pad - I use a Neat Sheet and shower liner, but since I have waterbirths don't really need either
Soft paper towels - these are good for putting oil on and holding against the perineum while pushing. They also make great diaper liners for the first meconium poops and if you put oil on them and baby's butt it is much easier to clean the poop up
Bottle of oil - almond, safflower, coconut, olive.. This is for softening the perineum and helping to prevent tears
Thick pads for you, for the bleeding afterwards. Adult diapers work well for this, especially the first night
Fluids such as juice, water or electrolyte drinks and snacks
Lots of pillows
I don't know the ins and outs of lotus birth, but I know you will need dry herbs and salt and a cloth bag of some sort to keep it in. The herbs and salt are for drying it out and preventing odors
Baby scale and tap measure
Peri irrigation bottle to clean the perineum after birth in case of tears
A doppler or fetoscope to monitor the heart rate during labor
Trash can and bags
I will add more if I think of it! Hth!
Last edited by jojow; July 16th, 2012 at 04:49 AM.
I would add to that something to abate bleeding if hemorrhage becomes an issue. My mom takes hem halt herbs to the deliveries she attends, as well as a shot of pitocin. I'd also look into getting oxygen to have on hand in case you or the baby needs it.
I also like to buy some underwear that is larger and higher cut than I normally wear to hold in the ginormous OB pads for the first couple of days.
If you like coconut water it's a great thing to have to drink during labor as its fabulous for replacing electrolytes and keeping you well-hydrated.