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December 22nd, 2009, 04:38 PM
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If you've had a homebirth before is there anything you'd do differently? What is your best advice for us first timers?
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December 22nd, 2009, 05:04 PM
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if you plan on having a tub, do a practice run so you know how to set it up, including how to hook the hose to your faucet. During labor is not the best time to try and figure all that out!
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December 22nd, 2009, 05:57 PM
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Even though Jason got ours set up pretty easy, I would still suggest a practice run.

Other then that, I dont think I would have done anything different. Well except make sure my bedroom was cleaner than it was haha.
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December 23rd, 2009, 05:03 AM
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if you plan on having a tub, do a practice run so you know how to set it up, including how to hook the hose to your faucet. During labor is not the best time to try and figure all that out!
I will definitely do that. I figure I got a ways before then, but I really want to start looking for birth supplies soon.
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December 23rd, 2009, 11:03 AM
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A run through with the tub is a great idea. I also wish I had a better stocked fridge and more food available for my midwives and support people. I still feel bad that my midwives were in the kitchen having spoonfuls of peanutbutter. This time I vow to have food readily available!
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December 23rd, 2009, 12:25 PM
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A run through with the tub is a great idea. I also wish I had a better stocked fridge and more food available for my midwives and support people. I still feel bad that my midwives were in the kitchen having spoonfuls of peanutbutter. This time I vow to have food readily available!
Food is usually something we don't run out of here, lol, but I was planning to work on some freezer meals and snacks ahead of time.
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December 23rd, 2009, 12:26 PM
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don't go to bed without feeling like everything is ready to go. A large percentage of women go into labor at night, so it'll improve your chances of having everything go smoothly (rather than your DH having to wash dishes before you can fill the tub... )
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December 23rd, 2009, 01:19 PM
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Very true Kellliee.. my two natural births were both in the middle of the night as well.... and I was glad that our dishes were done before labor started. I'm definitely going to get some freezer meals done ahead of time and have some munching foods around as well.
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December 23rd, 2009, 03:16 PM
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I agree! Make sure your house is clean before you go to bed-- It's so distracting to have a mess in your nest while you labor.
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This probably isn't much by way of advice, but the only thing I wish would have been different during my home birth is that my photographer aka my mom would have been more prepared when my dd was coming out because I really wanted to see it! I suppose having a mirror in position would have worked, too.
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December 30th, 2009, 02:38 PM
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I know that even at home there are many of us with birth plans, but I think even more important is a post birth plan. I was lucky my first time to have my mom around as she realized that if I had time in the hospital there would have been staff there to help me with anything I needed while I adjusted to post partum body/hormones and life with a baby. She kept me fed, watered, bathed, and cleaned the house as she went.

Make a plan detailing things you would do on a normal day to take care of yourself, the house, and the children and let someone else do it. Freeze meals ahead of time, freeze cookie dough ahead of time, make everything as easy on yourself as possible and don't be afraid to put people to work. I'm a firm believer that during the first six weeks after birth we should be doing as little as possible, and a little prep work goes a long way in achieving that.
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December 30th, 2009, 08:05 PM
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I know that even at home there are many of us with birth plans, but I think even more important is a post birth plan. I was lucky my first time to have my mom around as she realized that if I had time in the hospital there would have been staff there to help me with anything I needed while I adjusted to post partum body/hormones and life with a baby. She kept me fed, watered, bathed, and cleaned the house as she went.

Make a plan detailing things you would do on a normal day to take care of yourself, the house, and the children and let someone else do it. Freeze meals ahead of time, freeze cookie dough ahead of time, make everything as easy on yourself as possible and don't be afraid to put people to work. I'm a firm believer that during the first six weeks after birth we should be doing as little as possible, and a little prep work goes a long way in achieving that.
This is great!
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December 31st, 2009, 03:49 AM
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I know that even at home there are many of us with birth plans, but I think even more important is a post birth plan. I was lucky my first time to have my mom around as she realized that if I had time in the hospital there would have been staff there to help me with anything I needed while I adjusted to post partum body/hormones and life with a baby. She kept me fed, watered, bathed, and cleaned the house as she went.

Make a plan detailing things you would do on a normal day to take care of yourself, the house, and the children and let someone else do it. Freeze meals ahead of time, freeze cookie dough ahead of time, make everything as easy on yourself as possible and don't be afraid to put people to work. I'm a firm believer that during the first six weeks after birth we should be doing as little as possible, and a little prep work goes a long way in achieving that.
That's great advice. I plan to cook some meals ahead, but I also have 2 teenagers in my crew that cook if need be.
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