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Homebirth essentials

(7 Posts)
tegan Wed 13-Aug-08 08:22:59

What do i need to get in preparation for my homebirth??

belgo Wed 13-Aug-08 08:25:37

What is the midwife going to bring? That can vary due to where you live.

Are you planning a dry land birth or water birth?

tegan Wed 13-Aug-08 09:14:12

I am having the baby out of water, i am 25 wks and mw hasn't told me what she will be bringing yet but i would really like to get things sorted asap

OurHamsterisevil Wed 13-Aug-08 10:13:48

You need a lamp for the mw to see everything. Preferably angle-poise. Also plastic sheeting to cover everything. I recomend (sp) B&Q value decorating sheets. THey are massive and cheap. I covered mine with old duvet covers I didn't want any more so I wasn't lying on plastic. You also need planty of old towels and my mw asked for a thermometer too, to make sure the room was warm enough when the baby was born.

That is all I can remember needing.

Good luck.

Boobz Wed 13-Aug-08 12:42:15

Hi Tegan,

Here is another, older thread with more info on it about what others have got in prep for HB. Hope it helps:

belgo Wed 13-Aug-08 12:48:02

have a table free for the midwives to put all of their stuff.

And of course all the things ready for the baby.

Thankyouandgoodnight Wed 13-Aug-08 21:28:47

Tea and biscuits for the midwives

Your antenatal notes

Max of 10 towels (all wash fine!)

1 enorm large cheapo plastic sheet from B&Q / material shower curtains (as non slip)

One hospital bag for you and baby just incase

Gym /birthing ball for you / other things you might find helpful(!)

Maternity pads for immediately post shower

Pack of pampers disposable changing mats to put under you to absorb bleeding pre-shower(unless midwives bring inco pads)

Paracetamol for after pains

Arnica 200cc (if you fancy)


Blanket / clothes for baby etc

Surface for midwives to write etc

Plastic bowl to be sick in just incase

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