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August 23rd, 2007, 07:42 PM
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The more that I think about it the more I am leaning towards having this baby at home. We have bought a birthing tub for labour and have hired a doula. Going to the hospital is something I will do if the pain is unbearable, but I'd like to try to do it at home.

What supplies would you all say would be necessary?
TIA
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August 23rd, 2007, 09:10 PM
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The more that I think about it the more I am leaning towards having this baby at home. We have bought a birthing tub for labour and have hired a doula. Going to the hospital is something I will do if the pain is unbearable, but I'd like to try to do it at home.

What supplies would you all say would be necessary?
TIA[/b]

You can buy birthkits online that contain everything you should need - my midwife sells them. She also creates custom kits for people who think they might need less of certain items and more of others. You can check out her site at www.birthwithlove.com

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August 24th, 2007, 08:58 PM
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I'm sure I'll regret asking, but what the heck are the straws for???
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August 24th, 2007, 10:58 PM
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straws are for easy drinks in any position
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August 26th, 2007, 09:18 AM
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straws are for easy drinks in any position [/b]
hahaha! Talk about missing the obvious!
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August 27th, 2007, 08:15 PM
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My midwife just sent me her list last week, and I'm sure she wouldn't mind if I shared. Here are her recommendations:

Birth Kit
20 Underpads 30 x 36
1 Herbal sitz bath * comfrey, sea salt, and witch hazel are cheaper and comparable
2 Peri bottles
2 Plastic cord clamps
1 Gauze tray of 10 4x4 sterile
1 2 oz bulb syringe
5 3 gm lube jelly packets
6 gloves, medline, sterile, med.
1 Birth certificate
1 Disposable footprinter
(can be ordered from In His Hands 1-800-247-4045 or online or collected individually)

Additional supplies
A list of needed phone numbers, including emergency (hospital) and people to call soon after birth
Organic Chloraphyll (without mint)
4 newborn hats
4 –8 newborn t-shirts
4 pairs of newborn socks
4-8 newborn blankets
Crockpot for keeping compresses warm
Cloths and towels
Maternity/Kotex pads – we recommend the “overnight w/ wings” to reduce leaking
Heating pad (to keep baby items warm prior to birth)
Olive oil
Garbage bags in cans or big trash box
Basket for laundry
Large bottle Hydrogen Peroxide for cleanup purposes
Plastic sheets + 2 sets of old sheets for bed
Comfort food, water, juices (EmergenC and/or Recharge) for labor
Simple food available for midwives
A full tank of gas in car in case of transport
Gallon size ziplock type bag for placenta

Additional optional supplies
Diapers Video camera/tapes Camera/film Birth pool
Batteries Lanolin (for breasts) Prepared meals for postpartum
Postpartum help CD’s for labor/postpartum Hot/cold compresses for postpartum


Hope that helps too!
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August 28th, 2007, 06:08 AM
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My midwife gave me a list. I don't really remember what was on it.
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September 8th, 2007, 07:55 PM
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Nobody told me this, I saw it on tv from a veteran mother of three and I think it is WONDERFUL advice. It isn't the prettiest thing to talk about, but I will be having them after the birth of the next one. I think the list above is a great list and I would recommend everything on it as well. You don't realize how much you bleed post-birth, and, for me, the pads just didn't cut it, especially at night and with all the sitting you do to nurse (if you're planning on nursing) for the first few weeks. She said the best advice she had for new moms was to buy depends and wear them for the first week or two postpartum. She said you feel like a grandma in them, but they are more effective than pads in the first few weeks when the bleeding is the heaviest, and I would tend to agree with her. I will FOR SURE have some available after this next one is born. It will be a little embarrasing to buy them and wear them around (though nobody will probably know except me and dh), but TOTALLY worth it.
Just my two cents. Hope it helps.
Also, tip on making your bed. Make it like you would normally, then put a plastic waterproof cover (they make them specially for beds, or you can use something else like a shower curtain, though I recommend the ones specifically for beds myself because they have elastic and fit better than a shower curtain would and stay put) over the normal sheets and a sheet you don't care about ruining on top of that. If you're planning on laboring or birthing in bed, this will make it easier on you once you're in labor, and will save your sheets. Plus, once labor is over, you can just bundle everything up and throw it in the trash. Easy clean up, and your bed is ready made under it!
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