HOME BIRTH SUPPLIES & CHECKLISTS

Have these ready by your 34th week(ish) home visit

To Do:

  • Order birth kit (www.birthwithlove.com ▷link on left to “birth kits”▷“M’s” ▷ “Midwives Rising”
    • Add the vitamin K kit to the order if you want you baby to have the vitamin K injection
    • Add the Newborn Screening Kit to the order if you want us to do it
    • Add uterine toner if: You are a first time mom, this is a VBAC, you have always been induced
  • Select your pediatrician and set tentative appointment for baby’s first check-up
  • Arrangements for any extra postpartum services that you would like
    • You have unlimited, free, office visits. Home Visits are $75 per
    • If you want a print of your placenta, get 18” x 24” watercolor paper
  • Install car seat
  • Make sure that gas tank stays full
  • Pack overnight bag for parents and baby (include change and dollar bills)
  • Make bed with sheets, cover with mattress bag, top with used or old sheets
  • Tape our phone numbers to your fridge
  • Attend CPR training 
  • Research carseat safety
  • Take the 7 Sisters course to help you prepare and to organize your postpartum time. Call Michelle 928-202-8944. Classes are available online and in person. 
  • Attend our Preparing For Birth four class series
    • Prenatal
    • Birth
    • Postpartum & Baby
    • Breastfeeding 

Kitchen

  • Bottle of red wine (in case of long early labor and need to sleep)
  • Make and freeze your postpartum sitz herbs (instructions will be given at your home visit)
  • 1 small jar of raw honey (for instant energy in case of long birth)
  • High energy easy to consume food for mom.  Ideas are:
    • Juice Pops, Ice Cream
    • Lollipops
    • Easy protein foods- eggs, peanut butter, cottage cheese, protein drinks
    • Non-citrus juice such as grape, apple (citrus can upset the tummy)
    • Fruit- bananas and berries
    • Soups, broths, blender drinks 
  • Food for attendants during the labor: simple foods like coffee, eggs, cheese, fruit, coffee, peanut butter, coffee, crackers, nuts, chocolate, coffee/tea, soups, casseroles, coffee. Coffee (non-flavored) 
  • Make and freeze or (purchase from Whole Foods) a beef + chicken bone broth. (Vegetarians ask for our alternative recipe)
  • For us to make you the YUMMY and supportive postpartum cocoa drink:
    • 100% pure cocoa powder (Hershey’s is fine)
    • Raw milk (you will have to hunt your local supply for this- whole organic milk will do)
    • Pure Vanilla (not the imitation kind)
    • Monk Fruit sugar
    • Cayenne Pepper

PLACE IN EASY TO ACCESS BOX, BIN, OR LAUNDRY BASKET:

  • 1/2 Sheet Baking Tray (13”x17” cookie sheet)
  • 1 large zip lock bag (for storage of the placenta)
  • 2 UNSCENTED garbage bags (for laundry and waste)
  • Roll of paper towels (for easy clean up if needed)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (in case of power outage)
  • Canvas tarp if you need to protect your floor
  • Small bottle of olive oil (for the perineum and for cleaning the baby if needed)
  • At least 6 towels and 6 washcloths 
  • 1 baby diaper
  • Calcium Lactate (to ease the pain of labor)
  • Cramp-bark tincture (for afterbirth pains)

Optional Items

  • Environmental items : music, candles, massage oils, and focal points for a beautiful birth space
  • Lip balm
  • Facial mist
  • Birth Ball (pump firm and get one that is appropriate for your height, hips should sit above knees)
  • Large Hand Mirror if you want to see your baby being born
  • Camera and video camera if you want (empty cards, new film and charged battery)

If early labor begins at night or if you have been in early or pre labor throughout the day, please, please sleep at night.  Sleeping when you can is the most important thing that you can do to maintain your strength for labor.  Enjoy ½ a glass of red wine and a salt bath with a few drops of lavender. You can take benedryl if you need extra help getting to sleep. 

 

When true labor starts, take 4000 mg of calcium lactate, in pill form, with a glass of milk, and 2 of your B complex supplements.  Enjoy a high energy, high calorie meal if you can. Start sipping your teas.   1 cup motherwort tea to settle nerves, reduce pain and to support uterus function. 1 cup of red raspberry tea. 1 tsp of herb to one cup of boiling water, steep for 10 min. add sweetener to taste