A few people have asked me what sort of supplies I have to get together for the homebirth, so I thought I would do a post on it. This is what our midwife asks us to have on hand – other midwives might bring some or all of the following… or might ask for other things. The majority of the items I either had at home already or I picked up at Dollar General.
- 1 set of sheets you don’t care about
- 1 shower curtain
The idea here is to make your bed with clean sheets, then spread the shower curtain on top (to protect the bed/mattress). Then make the bed with the old sheets. After labor/delivery the old sheets are taken off and discarded or washed, the shower curtain is removed, and the bed is already made with clean sheets.
- 20 extra-large disposable underpads (I have 18 because that’s what was in the pack). These will go on top of the sheets as well. I found them at Dollar General.
- several pillows (recommend covering them with garbage bags to protect them) – used during labor
- 5 bath towels – for cleaning the baby
- 8 wash cloths – used as hot compresses
- 2 baby hats
- electric heating bag/hot water bottle/rice bag, etc. – used to warm the towels or the baby
- 8 receiving blankets
- extension cord – so midwife can set up her equipment conveniently
- roll of paper towels
- baby wipes
- 1 medium mixing bowl – to catch the afterbirth for examination
- cookie sheet – rarely used but in case they need a firm surface for the baby
- small, unopened bottle of olive oil – to help skin stretch during delivery
- 3 garbage bags
- 3 gallon ziploc bags
- 2 bottles hydrogen peroxide – to take out blood stains
- newborn diapers/wipes
- maxi pads and/or hospital mesh underwear for post-delivery
- witch hazel pads
- laundry detergent – the midwife starts a load of laundry with all the towels, etc. before she leaves
- coffee and snacks for the birth team
- gatorade or similar – for me during labor
- a meal for after birth – the midwife will either put a meal in the oven for us or scramble eggs or make oats, etc.
- car seat installed in car
- car full of gas – just in case
- hospital bag packed – just in case
So that’s all! It looks like a long list but it really wasn’t hard to put together. I did one run to Dollar General, one to Walmart, and gathered the rest from around the house.
I also made a list for myself of things for me/Dave to do when labor first starts, assuming the first bit of labor is pretty easy and I’m still functioning:
- set coffee pot to be ready to brew when needed
- gather snacks for birth team
- make baked oatmeal
- prep rice and bean casserole
- cover pillows in garbage bags
- make bed with sheets/shower curtain
- do any last minute laundry
- do any last minute cleaning as able
And, of course, spend some time with Leo! He’ll be going to a friend’s house while I’m in labor, but if the beginning is fairly low-key we might keep him home for a bit to get some last minute time with him.
One thing I still need to do is have a bag packed for Leo so that when the time comes he’s ready to go. I also need to pack a bag for myself for the hospital.
Last night Dave surprised me with an early baby present – these gorgeous silver flower earrings! So sweet of him and I absolutely love them!