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January 24th, 2008, 09:55 AM
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Ok, so I'm not planning a home birth. I'm going for a VBA2C, and DH is just not comfortable with the idea since I've never been in labor before, and the UR rates are a bit higher. So, I'm okay with that. I've got a great midwife and OB that are very supportive. (I do have fantasies of a home birth because we didn't make it to the hospital in time, though! hehe!)

The hospital I am going to is 2 hours away. My Mom will be here tomorrow night to be with me for the next 2 weeks. (I'm 39w3d) She isn't now, but was a lay-midwife when I was 8 years old. So, if anything were to happen, I feel comfortable in knowing that she has a clue on what to do.

So, my question...What should I have on hand (or rather, packed in the van), in case we don't make it to the hospital in time and need to birth the baby at home, or the side of the road? Since it would be "unassisted", there would be no medical gear of any kind. Also, since I am less than a week from my guess date, I don't have time to order a kit and have it delivered.

Any advice you all have would be greatly appreciated!
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January 24th, 2008, 02:25 PM
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You just need a few basic things to put together an emergency birth kit:

Clean blankets or towels to wrap the baby in
Sterile scissors to cut the cord with (you can sterilize them yourself by boiling)
Clean string for tying the cord
Plastic garbage bags, to put soiled towels/blankets in and also to put the placenta in
Suction bulb to clean baby's airway if needed - you can pick one up in the baby section of the drugstore


That's about it!
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January 24th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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I don't really have anything to add, but wanted to wish you lots of luck with your VBA2C!!!! Please update us when you can and let us know how it all turned out!!
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January 24th, 2008, 05:20 PM
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I don't really have anything to add, but wanted to wish you lots of luck with your VBA2C!!!! Please update us when you can and let us know how it all turned out!![/b]
Shawna seemed to cover what you would need. I too wanted to wish you luck on your VBA2C!!! Please do update us.
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January 25th, 2008, 06:51 AM
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Thanks so much! My Mom suggested I get a fracture pan. Since I have my MW appointment today, maybe I'll ask her if she can give me any supplies.

I'll let you all know my outcome. I'm hoping, that if everything goes well, and we have another baby, I can convince DH to let me do a home birth! (If I don't pull a fast one this time, anyway! haha!)
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