Birth- Things to Gather

 Your midwife will provide you with a “Birth Kit”, which has all of the disposable supplies you will need for your birth.

Other things to gather are:

  • Two trash bags (one for soiled linen, and one for trash)
  • A bowl for the placenta
  • A cookie sheet for the midwives to use as an instrument tray
  • 4 towels and 4 washcloths
  • 8 towels and 4 washcloths, if you are planning to use a birth tub
  • Snacks you will enjoy
  • Plenty of hydrating liquids, such as coconut water, Recharge, or Smartwater
  • Two or three receiving blankets and a diaper
  • Candles or incense you love
  • iPod mix of songs that relax you
  • Create a sacred space in your home, (any shelf or table will do) where you can place sentimental items or things that inspire you, to enjoy, during your birth

Postpartum- Things to Gather

The first few days and weeks postpartum will feel like a whirlwind.  It’s important to get all of your resources together, before hand, to make the experience as pleasant as possible. These will help:

  • A sitz bath, which you can buy from Walgreens or CVS for $20 or so
  • Two packages of the big overnight maxi pads.  Take out 12 or so.  Get 1 ounce of calendula flowers, 2 ounces of uva ursi, 2 ounces of comfrey, and boil in a medium pot (about 4 cups of water).  You can obtain these loose herbs from Chakra 4 Herb Store, www.chakra4herbs.com, in central Phoenix, or at Desert Sage Herbs, www.desertsageherbs.com, in the East Valley.  Boil, and then steep for 20 minutes.  Strain out the herbs.  Add to the dark tea 20 drops of high-grade lavender essential oil and ½ cup witch hazel.  Open the pads, but keep the backs on.  Pour a little of the mixture on each one.  Wrap each, individually, in tin foil, and place in the freezer.  These will feel and smell SOOO good, in the first 24 hours after the birth.  You will bleed like a heavy period for the first few days, up to a week or so, and then like a lighter period for two to four weeks, and then like a very light period, for a week or so, beyond that.
  • Arrange to encapsulate your placenta, if you’d like (great for prevention of postpartum blues!)
  • Arrange for meals.  You can either make them yourself, beforehand, and freeze them, or get set up with your church group, or other group, to have meals brought to you for the first two weeks
  • Let everyone know that you will call them, when the baby is here, and/or when you are ready for visitors.  It can be good to limit the number of visitors in the first few days.
  • Arrange for house cleaning.  Maybe you can barter with someone, or get set up with a service.  It’s nice to have someone come clean for an hour or two, every few days, in the postpartum period
  • Arrange for a postpartum doula.  A postpartum doula will cook, shop, clean, watch the baby, watch the other kids, give you tips and tricks, massage your feet, and make your life much sweeter, in those first few weeks.

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