Find out what kind of supplies are good to have on hand when planning for a home birth.
If you are planning a home birth with a midwife, most of our clients purchase a Birth Kit around 36 weeks pregnant. This kit contains the bare essentials for your midwifery team and includes things like sterile gloves and umbilical cord clamps. Over the years I have seen some additional items be useful at a home birth, but they are not as important as the birth kit.
This Amazon list includes items to help prepare for having a home birth, such as supplements, childbirth education, comfort items, postpartum recovery and breastfeeding essentials.
HAVE THESE ITEMS ON HAND
Most of these items can probably be found in your home already. We have found it useful, if clients gather these items together (minus food and drink) and place them in a plastic storage bin.
2 sets of sheets.
- One set to labor on that will get stained, and a clean set for recovery.
One unused tarp, painter’s drop cloth, vinyl tablecloth, or shower curtain.
4 Wash cloths
I encourage you to think, "What would I like to help me heal after I have my baby?"
Extra Bag of Depends & Chux Pads [some come in your Birth Kit, but extras are great]
Chamomile Tea Pads: Make strong chamomile tea, soak a dozen panty liners and freeze
Sitz Bath Mix and/or Epsom Salts
Earth Salve [a Neosporin alternative]
Homeopathic Arnica 200c
Witch hazel liquid or pads
Ibuprofen [preferred] or Tylenol
Large glass bowl
White kitchen trash bag
Extra Virgin Olive Oil -or- any fragrance free oil that can be used for massage and lubrication
Large meal prepared and frozen for after the birth
Camera, memory card & charger
List of phone numbers to call to announce after the baby is born
FOOD & DRINKS
Variety of Juices [low acid is best]
Bag of ice
Easy to prepare protein – peanut butter, cheese, or eggs
Light snacks – fruits, vegetables, nuts, sandwich fixings, bagels, yogurt, etc.
Frozen, easy to prepare meals for the family
Comfortable clothes to labor in
Bathing suit top if planning a water birth
Pajama gown for after
2 newborn hats
4 Receiving blankets
Diapers & Wipes
Visit the Amazon List mentioned above for suggests. You can find more information about comfort items on the Comfort Strategies page.
Essential Oils & Diffuser
Birthing ball (lrg exercise ball)
Sound machine or Music player
Speakers for music