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It’s getting close to the end, so that means its time to finally complete the home birth kit. Meaning, everything I will need to give birth to our little one needs to be in a central location for my birth team. There’s actually quite a bit that needs to be gathered. We’ve also prepped our birth space. For us that mean beautiful blue Christmas lights strung up so that when the lights are off, just a soft glow will exist. We also added candles and an aromatherapy machine. I made birth affirmations using my husbands art and photography. He is my calming force and I love his photography, so it seems appropriate. I actually have two birth spaces. One in our dining room to accommodate the birth pool. Another in my bedroom. The dining room is centrally located, it allows space for me to walk, pace, or engage in a range of movements. While the bedroom is intimate and my safe space. Depending on how labor is going and how I am feeling I have prepared both locations to accommodate my labor. As a first time mom, I’m not sure which I’ll prefer, so I’d rather be safe than sorry.

As far as my supply kit, my midwife has already dropped off the pool I will use and we bought an adapter for the sink. I bought a tub to hold all of the items I would need for the birth. Here is the list of items:

  • Birthing Clothes — I have two lose fitting gowns that I bought on sale and are comfortable to walk in.
    • Warm Socks — I personally hate wearing socks so I did not include this, but it was on the list.
  • Music – I have a Hypnobirth affirmation CD a friend provided me with as well as a nature CD. I also made a YouTube play list of songs I find inspirational. Mine list is filled with Christian, Gospel, and Neo Soul songs. I made sure most do not have much of a beat. I can imagine that that would be distracting during intense contractions.
  • Focal Point — For me this is the affirmation art I created using my husbands photography. Each on also has Bible verses to help underscore whatever affirmation I was highlighting. I will create a post about creating the ambiance for the birth which will include creating affirmation posters.
  • Hair Bands
  • Snack Foods (high in protein)
  • Juice and Electrolyte drinks – I have coconut water and popsicles
  • Coffee and Snacks for the Birth Team
  • Water Bottle
  • Lip Balm
  • Hot/ Cold Packs – I made rice packs with mismatched socks, essential oils, and a cheap bag of rice.
  • Aromatherapy spray and oils
  • Super absorbent maxi pads
  • Regular absorbent maxi pads
  • Depends underwear – This was actually recommended to me by several moms in a natural birth Facebook group I’m apart of, so I added it here.
  • Old sheets and clean sheets
  • 2 Bed protectors or plastic drop cloths or shower curtains
  • 8-10 towels and 5 washcloths (preferably old, so they can get dirty)
  • Crock pot for warming washcloths
  • A jar of Tucks, or witch hazel and towels – I also included Preparation H towels and wipes
    • 1 can of Dermaplast – I chose to skip this
  • 2 bowls or buckets for the placenta and vomiting
  • 2-3 Large Garbage Bags
  • 1 gallon zip bag for placenta
  • a Digital Thermometer
  • Phone list to call relatives
  • Camera/ Video Camera
  • Extra Batteries for Camera(s)
  • Nursing or Sports Bra
  • Ibuprofen
  • Padsicles – Maxi pads wet with witch hazel (and essential oils if desired) for after the birth, frozen.

For Baby

  • Baby clothes, hat, socks, mittens
  • Receiving blankets (a lot)
  • Car seat (in case of emergency transfer)
  • Baby book ( to record information immediately)

Miscellaneous

  • Knee Pads – For extended kneeling
  • Yoga mat
  • Exercise ball
  • Back massager – in case hubby’s hand gets tired

 

Do you have any more tips or items that were nice to have during your home birth?

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