Make a Checklist for Home Birth
Having a checklist for home birth can help you feel more prepared to welcome your new bundle of joy into the world. To be on the safe side, you should gather these items about a month before you're expected to deliver.
Most midwives will have a specific list of items they want you to have on hand for your labor and delivery. However, it's pretty common for everyone to agree that you'll need lots of towels, a flashlight with extra batteries, a thermometer, a bottle of isopropyl rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, ice, and various sized mixing bowls as part of your checklist for home birth.
One of the many reasons women choose to have a home birth is the ability to control the environment in which their baby is brought into the world. Feel free to gather any supplies that may help you feel more comfortable during labor. Many women like to prepare hot compresses for pain relief or a selection of food and drink to keep their energy up during labor. Candles, essential oils, or your favorite music may be helpful for relaxation.
Clean Up Items
A home birth is miraculous, but it's also a rather messy experience. You'll want to make sure you have plenty of trash bags handy for clean up. You'll need a waterproof drop cloth or a shower curtain liner to be placed on your mattress, under the pool, or wherever else you want to deliver your baby. Your checklist for home birth will also need some sort of container for your placenta, a bucket, plenty of old rags, and cleaning supplies to remove any bloodstains from your birthing area.
Items for Mother and Baby
Your baby will need receiving blankets, a hat, socks, a onesie, and clean diapers. After the birth, you'll need a clean nightgown, fresh undergarments, and a box of hospital sized sanitary napkins.
Of course, you'll want to make sure you have a camera handy so you can take plenty of pictures of your bundle of joy when he or she arrives. It's also a good idea to make a list of people you want to call after your baby is born.
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