You can purchase your birth kit separately here, as well as any additional items you want to add. These are all of the disposable items we need for your birth at home. If you have a negative blood type, please add 2 Eldon Cards to your birth kit. Order aluminum free vitamin K here.
In addition, please gather the following items :
Flashlight with fresh batteries
Box of trash bags (at least one bag should be white) for laundry, trash, placenta, pillows, etc.)
2 large bowls – 1 for placenta, 1 to catch vomit
Perineal ice pads or crushed ice in 3 or 4 sandwich bags for ice packs (for your bottom)
Hydration during labor: Coconut water, Recharge, Pregnancy Tea, etc.
Juice for after delivery (OJ, etc)
Snacks (fruit, nuts, etc) – for mother, friends, midwives (Your midwife loves popcorn and chocolate!)
Roll of paper towels (Viva is the preference)
Box of your favorite ultra-absorbant sanitary napkins (fragrance free)
Nightgown for after the birth
Diapers for baby
Extra people (support for children, gofer, etc.)
Popsicles or frozen juice cubes
Nursing bra & pads
1-2 bottles Witch Hazel (refrigerate for use after the birth). Feels great on tears or hemorrhoids
In addition to this, please prepare the following:
When you think you are in labor, you will prepare your bed by putting the sheets you want for your postpartum on first. On top of this, place a fitted, waterproof mattress protector. On top of the mattress protector, place the sheets you don’t mind getting soiled by birth. Also bag up all of your pillows and place a pillowcase on top to protect them from blood or water. After your birth, we will strip the soiled sheets off your bed while you are in the shower and a clean bed will be ready for you and your baby to continue bonding in.
1 set of clean sheets for use after the birth
Clean pillow cases for use after the birth
1 set of sheets/pillowcases for the birth (sanitizing instructions below)
1 fitted, waterproof mattress protector (no mattress bags, please)
At least 4 full sized adult bath towels
3 additional towels if planning a water birth or laboring in water
4 adult washcloths
4 receiving blankets
These supplies should be washed and dried. Run these items through an extra dryer cycle and immediately place them in plastic bags. Label the bags. They will be opened as needed.