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May 24th, 2009, 08:58 AM
Join Date: Jul 2008
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Had my appointment on saturday and everything is peachy, baby is measuring on target with july 4th due date so midwife is keeping that date in mind. Baby is postior which is no surprise for me since both my other boys were sunnyside up. They told me i should start doing some postions now to encourage Him into a better position, but we got wrapped up in other stuff that they actually forgot to show me. Anyone know what postions I should be doing?

Next appointment in 2 weeks I get the birth kit which is exciting, I'm interested in seeing whats in the kit.

So heres a question for all the BTDT hb moms, what kind of supplies did you buy for your homebirth and what was included in your birthkit?

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May 24th, 2009, 10:04 AM
Isaeph's Avatar Jennifer the Momma
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Ouch posterior. Ds2 was posterior with a nuchal hand. No fun! Try spinningbabies.com for some good tips on moving baby. I tried, but finally settled on him being posterior and figured that he was for a reason. My placenta wrapped to the front of my uterus and I have notoriously short cords, so I figured he was in the position he needed to be.

For our birth, I had some clean towels, and a clean pair scissors, and a clean wash rag. That's pretty much it. I gave birth in the bathroom (wasn't planning on that) over some towels, and then wrapped ds2 in a clean towel and wiped his face with the wash rag (not wet). Dd and ds1 cut his cord after like 45 minutes (I think, it's all up in his birth story in the unassisted section). We didn't even tie it off.
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May 24th, 2009, 10:59 AM
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My midwife provides everything for the homebirth, so I don't need a kit, but here's the list she gave me:

healthy, easy to digest foods for labor
lip balm
comfor items
chux pads
extra sheets or other protective floor covering
sterile gloves
bulb syringe
peri bottle
gauze pads
cord clamp
bendable straws for drinks
baby hat/clothes
pads/sanitary napkins
depends (if you want them)
Arnica for bruising/swelling
Comfrey leaf (to make a solution for rinsing with peri bottle)
postpartum tea
goldenseal root powder (for umbilical cord care)
alcohol swabs
baby foot printer
receiving blankets
large garbage bags (for clean up)
old towels (for clean up)
peroxide (for blood stains)
fan or heater
mirror (to watch baby be born if you want)

this is just some of the stuff she lists. Most are things she is providing though. Only the last few are ones I'm supposed to provide...

I also recommend spinningbabies.com for position suggestions. Remember babies can turn ANY time, including during labor. A posterior baby may make labor more painful, but it doesn't make it impossible
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May 24th, 2009, 11:44 AM
inyourhonor's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I had to buy a kit online of everything. I got it from 1cascade.com. Which included:

20 - Underpads, 23" x 36"
1 - Mattress Bag, King Size
2 - Sanitary Brief
2 - Peri Irrigation Bottle
2 - Basic Cotton Cap
6 - Gauze, 4" x 4", Package of 2
1 - Alcohol Prep Pads, 20/pk
1 - Bulb Syringe, 3oz
1 - Wish Garden Herbal Cord Care

Then I had the
birth pool
sheets (old, willing to get bloody)
towels (same^)
Clear shower curtain (to go under pool, we didn't use ours though)
Olive Oil

My midwife also gave me Arnica before she left.

That's all I can remember right now.
Marisa (29) married to J (35), mama to G (10), D (7), B (5) and K (1).
Little Miss joined our family Dec 4th, 2015 at 35 weeks.
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May 24th, 2009, 05:00 PM
Join Date: Jul 2008
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You know, I'm not really too worried about him being posterior, I dont know any different when it comes to pushing. Both my boys were, and I had the back labor with both but had no problem pushing either of them out. Both were less than 5 mins of pushing. But it couldnt hurt to try to get him into a better position.

Heres what I have for my supplies:

12 wash clothes
6 large Towels
Painter drop plastic for my bed
Old sheet set
Olive oil
Heating pad
Birth pool
Hose (which reminds me, I need to get adaptor for sink)
Chux pads
Maxi pads
Cloth diapers
Nursing night gown
Receiving blankets

I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but thats most of it. Has anyone used the big excerise ball to sit on during labor? Is it worth buying one?

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May 24th, 2009, 06:34 PM
inyourhonor's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I saw a chiropractor to make sure my 2nd didn't turn posterior like my first.

I had a birthing ball, I used it so much towards the end of my pregnancy and sat on it during labor before I hit transition.
Marisa (29) married to J (35), mama to G (10), D (7), B (5) and K (1).
Little Miss joined our family Dec 4th, 2015 at 35 weeks.
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June 2nd, 2009, 02:46 PM
soImarriedAnerd's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Here is my supply list...I don't order yet for a couple weeks.
Gentle Birth Care.com
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