Home Birth Plans

Posted on 21. Feb, 2011 by pinky in Pinky, Uncategorized

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I think I can finally say that I have everything ready for the birth. You would think that this being my 3rd homebirth I would know what you need and be a pro at planning. I always remember getting a big box of things ready and then whether we even used half of them I have no idea as you are not exaclty paying attention to what people are doing around you during labour.

So this time we have a table set up and I think I have everything.

Pool stuff:
Pool is blown up and in the study out of the way – just needs extra air added when needed, it has been cleaned and sterilized and we have the tap attachments so it can be filled. I am a bit worried that it takes long to fill but there is not much I can do about that.
I have plastic drop sheets for under the pool, heaps of towels, and old duvet to put under too to make it softer. I have the 2 packets of salt that we are supposed to put in the water to make it more sterile, I have heard mixed things about if this is really necessary but it does not do any harm and the midwives seem to be happier if you do it so I got the salt.

I have clothes for me
Very sexy tracksuit pant and big t-shirt for before the pool
and a swim top for in the pool. I want to be able to share some pics and video and felt more comfortable with a top on in Caleb’s birth than nothing in Rachel’s birth.

I have stuff for baby
Towles
hot waterbottles
clothes
new nappies I made specially for him as his first nappy
I have hats of various sizes
blankets

I have labour snacks, both the other times I planned snacks and never used them, so this time again I have stuff planned and not sure if I will use it but I am nearly positive that The Geek will make sure I eat something. He is sweet and over protective like that.

I have empty ice-cream tub for the placenta
I have box lined with big bag for rubbish, bucket, cleaning stuff ( handy andy, jik, cloths, paper towel etc)
I have the camera and video camera on the table all charged and ready
Linen savers for the bed and extra plastic covers for the couch if I want to sit there after the birth so it does not get wet or messed on, I have towels and old sheets to put over this on the couch
I have candles

Just need do sort out music and maybe some affirmation posters. Although I think i will just write a list of words I find useful and suggestions that The Geek and the Midwife can use when I am in labour. Usually have my eyes closed so I doubt I will read the posters.

Anything I have forgotten?

14 Responses to “Home Birth Plans”

  1. Arthur 21 February 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    At least Dop for Geek. lol

    • pinky 21 February 2011 at 6:30 pm #

      And cigars I am told

  2. Iain M Norman 21 February 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    You’ve forgotten to not use the word labour!

    • pinky 21 February 2011 at 6:29 pm #

      True Iain, most of the time I am pretty good and say birthing time. Funny non of my births were long so never really felt it was close to hard labour. Really positive about this time

  3. blackhuff 21 February 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I’m reading this post of yours and everything you have ready which make me feel as if home births are just as complicated as the ones in a hospital. I am very uneducated about home births. I never saw one or experienced one. I only know births in a hospital. I always thought that home births are easy and uncomplicated but heck! Reading this post of what you have ready for what when happens, make me feel as if it is not that uncomplicated as I thought.

    • JaneF 22 February 2011 at 12:26 pm #

      Not complicated at all… just can be a bit messy so you want stuff to catch any fall out and to be able to clean up quickly and easily so you don’t have to worry about anything at the time. It’s just nice to feel mentally prepared, you’d manage almost as well with pretty much nothing on hand, but it’s nice to feel ‘ready’.

  4. Dafni 21 February 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    are you using homeopathic remedies, or Bach flower remedies? how about a little birthing altar with images, photos, flowers and other offerings to Maha Shakti (the Great Shakti force of Creation) to inspire you?
    Remember to Enjoy! x

  5. Sharon Senior 21 February 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    What is the Jik and Handy Andy and the bucket for? Koos’ first bath? LOL, no seriously, everything is covered in plastic, which I’m assuming you’ll throw away. So what is the cleaning stuff for? Oh and what will you do with the placenta? Just curious about the placenta.

    • pinky 22 February 2011 at 12:05 am #

      Cleaning stuff is a just in case, things like the pool need to be cleaned after the birth.

      The placenta I will probably plant in the garden under a tree.

  6. Beccy 21 February 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    A sock filled with rice to put in the microwave to use as a hot compress. A waterbottle. Rescue remedy. Cellphones charged.

    Cake ingredients – yeah right LOL. Though I did manage one in my 2nd labour (4 hours), I would’ve been hard-pressed in my 3rd (1.5 hours).

  7. Heather 21 February 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Sounds like you are very organised and ready… now just to settle in for the big wait.
    Will be thinking of you. xxx

  8. JaneF 22 February 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I really loved having a stress ball to squeeze while I was in labour. It allows you to channel any tension you have into the ball and keep the rest of you relaxed. I’ve recommended it to many people and all have said they found it helpful too.

  9. JaneF 22 February 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Oh yes and

    ‘Do Not Disturb – Baby on the Way’ signs for your door! ;)

  10. Esther 28 February 2011 at 10:19 am #

    So, now he’s here. Congratulations, Sally, Yme, Rachel and Caleb. Enjoy the little one.
    Welcome Titus, I hope your journey on earth is beautiful, ful of joy and happiness, and that the bad times always pass quickly.

    Hope everything you had was enough and well used.

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