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My sister-in-law is having an assisted home birth in late August/early September. I won't be there obviously, but we live in the same town and she helped me through my stillbirth in February, and I want to be supportive for her. Is there anything I can do to be helpful and supportive, other than buy her a rubber duckie in case she decides to labor in the tub?
Let her know you support her decision
Take some frozen meals over before the birth so she doesn't have to worry about that.
offer to come over and help clean or do whatever she needs in the first few days/weeks
Kellisa, Mama to:
Courtney, Nola, Kya, and Whitney
Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, training to be an IBCLC!
I agree, making dinners for them and going over to help out. Maybe offer to do laundry? I know with our boys I always got behind on laundry. You could offer to have them just toss it into their hampers and you could pick it up and take it home to do it so you're giving them their space as well. This is all given you have a washing machine haha and don't mind laundry! My mom did ours after our 2nd after she saw we were getting backed up a bit. It was nice to not have to worry about it especially since mine is in my basement. The smallest thing is always nice to have help with when you have a newborn.
I have been outspoken and supportive of her decision since she made it (as soon as she got pregnant). Unfortunately her family would be pretty critical so she can't tell them, but they live across the atlantic in Europe so they are none the wiser. I am definitely going to see about bringing them meals and doing some laundry.
I really think what you guys are doing is awesome. I want an epidural myself, and I'm too high risk not to be in the hospital, but I can see how happy having a home birth makes my sister in law, and I want that experience for anybody who seeks it!