Oh my, I just did this less than two years ago and I need a refresher already! Ha ha. SO much for my memory (as if I had one anyhow!).
So...what supplies did you purchase to have on hand for your home birth?
My midwife supplies all the BIRTH stuff, obviously. BUT...I remember purchasing things like plastic (or a cheap shower curtain), extra chux pads (since I like to use those for the first week under me, Tucks pads or something like that, witch hazel, large overnight type pads...
HELP ME OUT PLEASE! I need a refresher. What did you find that you needed to have around that first week and for the birth?
Oh, and I remember needing lots of baby blankets, towels, etc.
Since I just gave birth, this is fresh in my mind....hope this helps. This is what we needed and what helped me for the birth and after....
We needed a hose for the birthing pool (a lead free one), paper towels, kleenex, flexible straws, 2 large bowls (for placenta and one for either barf bowl or cold water compresses), washcloths (cold water compresses), flashlight and batteries, hand mirror, laundry basket for dirty towels, heating pad (used to keep baby blankets warm), lots of diapers, baby wipes, tons of blankets, baby hats/caps, baby socks, thermometer, nursing pads, lanolin, Arnica (is great for sore muscles/bruising- I've been taking lots of it, it's great), tons of water bottles, gatorade or recharge or vitamin water, chapstick, massage oil, hair ties or elastic hand bands.
:ditto:! I also drank a lot of emergen-C during labor. I also found that adult diapers were the best when it came to post partum bleeding.
I also 2nd the arnica, it helped me a lot.
Thanks so much Ladies. I'll welcome more suggestions from anyone else!
My midwife is also our Naturopathic Doctor so she def. brings on the Arnica as well as some very wonderful post partum tea.
I'm starting to get nervous and feeling so totally unprepared! Aye Yi Yi!!!
old towels and wash cloths
squirt bottle for your bathroom trips after birth
2 big bowls as a pp said
change of sheets & nightgown
heater for bedroom if necessary
extra lamps if needed
q-tips or cotton balls
baby hat if they don't provide
I drank Labor-Aid for a few days after delivery. I'll have to find the recipe. If I think of anything else I'll post it. I get a long list from my mw.
Thanks for adding some more here! If I recall, my midwife/ND gives me a list too...but I remember wanting/needing things that she didn't have on the list. It's funny but I forget everything from birth to birth. It's like starting all over with a totally blank mind each time. ha ha ha. Maybe that should be less funny to me and a bit more scary. I boil it down to Mommy/Pregnant brain and age...but I hope those just aren't convenient excuses for a quickly fading memory. :o
I always drink vitamin water during my labor and for a few days afterwards to help fight dehydration as my milk comes in. I just get soooo incredibly thirsty!! Olive oil for the babies but, so you can clean off those first couple meconium poops.
Lanolin, you never know if you'll need it.
The water squirt bottle, for cleaning up without toilet paper.
I always want chocolate during recovery, so thats important.
And my immune system seems to take a bit of a hit after giving birth, cause I always get a sore throat for a few days, so I always want to have on hand a big bottle of Vitamin C, my Midwife said you can take as much as 1000 mg an hour to fight a bug, plus it can help soften up that first scary bowel movement!
I bought tons of the adult diaper pads for early labor (incase my water breaks and I am still active) and for after the baby is born.
I also bought some reusable freezable nursing pads that I can use when my breasts are painfully engorged. They have a nipple cutout so just the surrounding area gets really cold.
I am hemorrhoid prone so I am also making sure that I have White Oak Bark and Calendula flowers on hand to make a tea that I will dilute with witch hazel. You can refrigerate it and use it as a compress or even a sitz bath. I have already had horrible hemorrhoid issues the past few weeks and this saved me when nothing else (including prescriptions) could reduce the size and discomfort of my hemorrhoid.
Emergen-C is definitely on my list and in my house!!
Everyone else pretty much listed everything that I can think of.
Oh, my midwifes supply sheet says that you should keep a full tank of gas in your car so that you are not stuck running to the gas station in the midst of an emergency transport.
I think you have it covered with all the suggestions. I am rather basic when I birth and don't use even 1/2 of the above mentioned items.
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