I have been a compulsive list-maker throughout my life, and having a baby is always an excuse to make myriad lists. With about a month or so to go, I am making/reviewing lists left and right, and I thought I might share a few with you. Today I present you with my well-worn Home-birth Supplies List for labor and postpartum.
1) 3 mil plastic sheet for bed
2) Labor sheets (Explanation: a week or two before I'm due I make the bed with some nice sheets first, then I cover these with the plastic sheet. Over that I put my "Labor Sheets", which are some dark green thrift shop sheets that have been through my last three births and show no stains. After the birth the midwife strips the labor sheets and tosses them in the washer, throws out the plastic sheet--a painter's disposable dropcloth--and there are the nice fresh sheets for baby and me!
3) Chux pads
4) A dozen cheap washcloths for compresses
5) Crockpot for warming compresses
6) Small bottle of olive oil for lubricant
7) Sterilized bulb syringe in ziplock bag
8) Rice pack to heat in microwave
9) Emergenciy Procedures list (just in case the midwife doesn't make it in time!
10) Bach's Rescue Remedy for transition--I've never used it, as I'm just used to throwing up and getting the shakes for a bit!
11) Trilight Herbs Start Up Formula--in case there's a failure to progress. Again, I haven't needed it.
12) Large bowls--for sickness and placenta
13) "Labor-Aid" or Gatorade
14) Flexible straws
15) Snacks and drinks for kids, Bret, Midwives
16) Homeopathic arnica--to prevent bruising and swelling
1) 3-5 flannel blankets, sterilized and bagged (for cleaning and swaddling baby)
2) Newborn diapers, outfit, 2 hats--one if it is very stretchy to accommodate any head
3) Sterile cotton navel cord (midwife usually has this or a clamp)
4) Nursing nightgown
5) Gigantic maxi pads
6) Protein shakes--my midwife made me one in the blender postpartum after Gabriel's birth, and nothing ever tasted so good!
7) Ice packs
8) Digital camera and extra charged batteries
9) Phone number list
1) Co-sleeper with side support
2) Car seat with infant head support
3) Comfy sleeping bra
4) Postpartum abdominal support (I am ordering one for the first time, as after my last birth I suffered worse back pain after the birth than I did during the entire pregnancy)
5) Lanolin for sore nipples
6) Breast pump--for when my cups runneth over--and breastmilk storage bags
7) Boppy pillow
8) bouncy seat
9) Herb Pharm's Women's Health Tonic (for afterpains)
10) Enough disposable diapers for first two weeks.
Assembling this stuff is part of the fun of preparing for a homebirth. I already have almost everything on the list, with only a few things to purchase...