Here’s one for all you homebirthers!
I’m gearing up for Forrest’s arrival. My midwife has asked me to purchase a $30 birth kit which includes random necessary items (such as a big plastic sheet to place under our regular sheets on the bed [if I should choose to give birth there instead of the birthing pool], a cord clamp, etc). I know the basics of what I’ll need simply because I gave birth to Jack in a birth center that was very similar to a home setting, but I find myself wondering if there’s anything else I’m going to need or wish I had.
I’ve got a bag of herbal sitz bath. I need to buy one of those toilet seat sitz bath holder things (you know what I mean??). I have a peri bottle (sorry, guys). I have plenty of towels. I’ve washed and folded all the newborn clothes I’ll need. I have olive oil to slather on Forrest’s bum to make meconium removal a breeze. We’re hoping to get our cloth diapers, covers, and new Snappis in the next few weeks.
What other supplies might I need for a homebirth? Suggestions, please!