i am going through my craft closet, in preparation for a new and improved, highly organized craft closet! along the way, i came across the binder i kept while pregnant with the bird. it is full of goodies that i will be posting soon under modern mama. but, one item made me stop and think back to last year...a year ago this week to be exact. a document labeled “client birth supply list”. now, if you haven’t had or experienced a home birth, you might be thinking one major deterrent would be the mess. you aren’t alone, i was right there with you. however, when all was said and done, there was truly nothing to show of the birth itself - except for an exhausted mama and papa and a beautiful baby girl. NO MESS. our midwife and her assistant were swift about cleaning up, doing the laundry and making sure there wasn’t a single thing for us to worry about, besides tending to our new family. what a relief!
i have to say though, i was pretty unsure this would be the case when i first read the list and headed to our local drug store to make our purchases. i kind of felt like i was in an episode of dexter. in care you aren’t familiar with the items, or what in the world they might be for in this instance, i will provide a quick summary... fyi - this may be more than some people are interested in knowing about so, if you don’t care to know some personal business, i suggest you stop reading here.
client birth supply list
1 crock pot + 1 small piece of ginger (ginger is boiled in water, in the crock pot, and used as a compress)
2 gallons recharge (i chose to drink coconut water instead. i also snacked on greek yogurt due to its protein and because it wasn’t actually a solid food - making it easier to digest)
2 plastic shower curtain liners (not a lot of explanation needed here!)
1 digital thermometer
2 bags large chucks pads - approximately 30 (if you aren’t familiar - i wasn’t - chucks pads are like small blankets that are comparable to sanitary napkins. they are laid down and sop up liquids. again, not a lot of explanation on why these were needed either)
1 box sterile 4x4 gauze pads
2 packages of depends (ok ladies, even if you don’t have a home birth...i highly recommend the use of depends after you have your baby. for me, big fat sanitary napkins are super uncomfortable and i was shocked at how much easier, quicker and more comfortable it was to just break down and wear depends for a few days. it isn’t sexy but at that point, really, who cares?)
box large plastic garbage bags
1 set of clean sheets (to protect our mattress, i layered a plastic shower liner between the mattress and fitted sheet. that way, it was protected but, i could be more comfortable laying on a sheet instead of the plastic.)
1 box non-sterile gloves
4 large, old but clean towels
6 clean washcloths
1 bottle chlorophyll
1 box salt (added to the laundry to help prevent any stains - it worked! not a single stain)
1 bottle hydrogen peroxide
1 small bottle olive oil (this is used to massage the perineum and help prevent tearing- it worked!)
1 fish net (this is only if you are birthing in a pool and yes, it is used to remove any bowel movement that WILL occur. yes, it WILL occur. just get over it)
1 outfit for the baby to wear
newborn disposable diapers
so, there you have it. a year ago, this week, we were on our search to fulfill our supply list in preparation for the bird.