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Preparations for Birth
  

Expectant mothers have many, sundry things to do to prepare for their new baby. From the purchase of clothes and supplies, to the painting of nursery furniture and walls... there is much to do.

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In preparation for giving birth at home, our clients should plan in the following ways...
Your Birth Bags:

These bags contain the linens and clothing for your labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period (24 hours) for both mother's

and baby's needs:


There is no need to purchase new items!


We encourage you to use what you already have, borrow from family or friends; and even check garage sales and thrift stores for items you need. We have extra linens!


Please let us know if you need anything!

  • mild laundry soap ( Ivory Snow or Dreft)
  • 4 - 5 standard-size paper grocery bags
  • a black permanent "Sharpie" type marker
  • masking tape or stapler

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~ ~ ~ Plan to prepare your “Birth Bags” at least                  

               3  weeks  before your estimated due date. ~ ~ ~

 

100% cotton or cotton/polyester blends are most comfortable. We prefer light-colored linens (for easier estimation of any blood loss). Wash everything in hot, soapy water and dry in a hot dryer or in the sunshine. Fold items small enough to fit inside paper bags. Place folded items in bags in the order listed, so that the last item listed is on the top of the bag. Then fold down tops of bags and seal with tape or staples. Using a permanent marker, label each bag with its number and contents. (You may need to use 5 bags, so please label the fifth bag accordingly.) Store your birth bags UN-opened in a clean, dry place. This process, which we consider a ritual in preparation for your birth, provides for clean, ready-to-use linens & clothing at your birth!
 
Bag #1 (for your bed)
2 Flat Sheets
2 Fitted Sheets
Pillowcases as needed





Bag #2 (for the birth)
2 Soft Baby Blankets
2 Soft Towels
1 Flat Sheet or large towel




 
Bag #3 (for clean-up)
2 Med or 3 Large Towels
2 Baby Washcloths






Bag #4 (Mom & Baby)
2 Soft Baby Blankets
1 Baby Cap & Socks
4 Washcloths
1 Baby Gown
1 Baby T-shirt (not a Onsie)
2 Cloth Diapers
Mother's Nightgown or T-shirt

  Planning a Water Birth?
LOTS & LOTS of Towels !
Warm, absorbent Robe

 


Additional Items:(Please have the following on hand...)

  

 
  • 1 roll of lite-weight plastic drop cloth or 2 flannel-backed tablecloths
  • 1 large pack of sanitary pads (max. absorbent, overnight)
  • 1 pack of disposable "chair size" under pads (protects fabrics)
  • Electric heating pad
  • Digital Thermometer (rapid result type)
  • Stethoscope (Walgreen’s or CVS pharmacy)
  • 1 bottle of Hibiclens cleaner (Wal-Mart or any drug store)
  • 1 bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide (removes blood from fabrics)
  • 1 bottle of  Isopropyl Alcohol
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  • 1 pump bottle of Hand Sanitizer
  • 1 pump bottle of Liquid Soap
  • 2 medium/large-size pots with lids (from your kitchen)
  • 2 medium-size plastic or metal bowls (from your kitchen)
  • Flashlight (be sure it works!) & NEW batteries
  • Several kitchen-size drawstring trash bags
  • 1 kitchen-size garbage can
  • Oral Vitamin K for your baby (Click HERE to order it!)
  • LOTS of toilet paper!
  • 2 Large roll of paper towels

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  • package of Baby Wipes
  • Diaper pins, covers, or wraps (Wal-Mart, Target, Dollar Tree)
  • 14 gallon Rubbermaid-style container w/ lid (put supplies in here!)
  • Labor foods & drinks you know you will enjoy !!
  • Birth Pool & Pool Supplies (if you desire to labor/birth in water)

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    Optional Items: that make things especially nice!



    • Herbal Sitz Baths
    [Order them HERE or HERE ... or make your own using this RECIPE...]

    • Massage Lotion or Oil,
    • CD Player & Favorite Tunes;
    • Postpartum Massage Gift Certificate [Click HERE to order one!]
    • Champagne or other celebratory toasting beverages!
    • Candles & Aromatherapy Essential oils;
    • Botanical Skin Care Lotions & Oils;
    • KleenFoot Foot Printer;
    • Digital & Video Camera, [film, batteries, power cables, etc...]
    • CHOCOLATE! And other favorite celebratory foods!
    • Special "Birthday" gifts for siblings from the new baby;
    • Childcare and Meal Planning "trees" from family & friends... [Click: TakeThemaMeal.com]


                  

                      


    Preparing  Your "Nesting Place"

    Birth Alter ~ Focus Wall ~ Affirmations


    Many expectant mothers plan their "nesting place" or areas in their home that will

    give them encouragement, affirmation, and help them to be empowered during

    their labor and birth experience. Here are some ideas for you to consider...




     


      

    A Birth Altar Keeps You Calm Unless You Think It's Weird...

    When you're in labor, sometimes

    it can be hard to remember all

    the mantras & affirmations you

    read while pregnant, and hard to

    keep your eye on the goal instead

    of the contractions. There are lots

    of great ways to manage... from

    singing to meditation to massage.



     

    Home Birth
    Midwifery Service

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    Kim Lane, CPM, LM
    Cell: (832) 942-8324