10.22.2015

Home Birth Kit: The Must-Haves

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If you are planning a home birth, your midwife will likely give you list of things to collect over the course of your pregnancy to prepare for the arrival of your baby. Midwives will bring all the essential medical equipment, but there are a few things that you can get that will also help in different situations. Below is a list of the things I made sure to have on hand – some things are more valuable than others. Some things we never used but were happy we had just in case!

  1. Large Bowl (just in case you feel the need to throw up!)
  2. Large container with lid (or 2 large ziplock bags) for the placenta
  3. Tube of Lanolin or Nipple Cream
  4. Thermometer
  5. 2-3 Cotton Baby Hats
  6. Small Bottle of Olive Oil
  7. Adult Diapers (trust me! As much as you won’t want to buy them, you will need them, and love them!)
  8. Old sheets that you don’t mind losing
  9. Plastic drop sheet (to go under the old sheets)
  10. Clean sheets (to go under the drop sheet)
  11. 6-12 Receiving Blankets
  12. 6-8 Bath Towels
  13. 6-8 Washcloths
  14. Tissues
  15. Heating Pad, Hot Water Bottle, or Magic Bag
  16. 1 Package Large Chux Pads (my midwife brought these)
  17. 2 Large Garbage Bags
  18. Hand Mirror
  19. 12 Large Super-Absorbent Sanitary Pads (if you aren’t using adult diapers!)
  20. Flashlight
  21. 2 Water Hoses (if you are planning a water birth – 1 to fill the tub, 1 to drain the tub)
  22. Exercise Ball
  23. Food for Mom, Dad and Midwives (I did some baking and made sure there were lots of fruit and veggies in the fridge)
  24. Bendable Straws
  25. Space Heater or Fan (depending on the time of year)
  26. Bright Portable Light
  27. Hydrogen Peroxide
  28. 1-3 Ice Packs
  29. Gravol, Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen

 

 

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