Supplies – Home Births (to print see handout: Supplies for Home birth)
Everything on the list for Labour and Hospital Births
(see handout: What to Pack for a Hospital Birth)
¨ 1 roll of paper towels
¨ Disposable plastic container with lid (large ice cream container size) for placenta
¨ 2 large containers (laundry basket, box or pail) lined with garbage bags (one is for laundry and one is for garbage)
¨ Flashlight or movable lamp
¨ Portable space heater to ensure a warm birth place, if necessary
¨ Unopened bar of soap or soap dispenser for midwives to wash hands
¨ Large mirror to watch birth, if desired
¨ Electric kettle or slow cooker for preparing hot compresses
¨ 10 clean wash clothes for hot compresses
¨ 6 clean bath towels or 10 — 12 receiving blankets to dry baby right after birth (likely will get soiled)
¨ Receiving blankets for baby
¨ Package of “home birth supplies” that your midwife gave you
Preparing the birthing room and bathroom
Make the bed with clean linen. Cover the clean sheets with a shower curtain or heavy plastic drop sheet (this is to protect your mattress during the birth). Cover the plastic layer with clean older linens – bottom and top sheet (these may get stained).
The bath tub should be cleaned and well rinsed in early labour as you may want to use it.
Prepare a bag for baby and yourself with clothing, diapers, pads, etc., in case we need to go to the hospital.