Supplies Recommended For A Home Birth

Have your Emergency Phone Number form on the refrigerator.  Your doctor, pediatrician, ambulance, and hospital numbers should all be included.  Also include your wifi code, address, phone number, and directions to your home.

Miscellaneous Supplies:

  • Extra people (support for children, gofer, etc.)
  • Clean clothes for all – who should also be bathed
  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Heating pad or hot water bottle
  • Box of trash bags (at least one bag should be white) for laundry, trash, placenta, pillows, etc.)
  • 2 large bowls – 1 for placenta, 1 in case you throw up
  • Perineal ice pads or crushed ice in 3 or 4 sandwich bags for ice packs (for your bottom)
  • 3 or 4 bottles of Coconut water, Gatorade, Third Wind or Recharge
  • Extra juice – especially important after the birth
  • Extra food – for mother, friends, midwives
  • Coffee – especially for Kay and Missi
  • Roll of paper towels (Viva is really soft and our preference but any will work)
  • Box of maxi-size sanitary napkins (preferably not with plastic weave on the inside like Always)
  • Nightgown for after the birth
  • Diapers for baby
  • 2 bottles hydrogen peroxide for laundry or cleaning up blood spots
  • Plastic sheet/waterproof mattress cover (no zip bags please)
  • Thermometer


  • Chapstick
  • Popsicles or frozen juice cubes
  • Nursing bra & pads
  • Warm socks
  • 1-2 bottles Witch Hazel (refrigerate for use after the birth).  Feels great on tears or hemorrhoids

Birth Kit (click to see options for ordering)

  • 15-20 Large Chux – disposable underpads
  • 1 – 3oz. bulb (ear) syringe
  • 2 – Sanitary briefs
  • 12 -Depends or Promise post partum pads (or combination)
  • 1 – box 4×4 sterile gauze pads or topper sponges (min.20 pads)
  • 12 – individually wrapped sterile gloves (size medium)
  • 2 – Flexible straws
  • 2 – cord clamps
  • 1 – tube or 6 packets STERILE lubricating jelly (HR, K-Y, etc.)
  • 1- empty squirt bottle-for rinsing perineum after birth

Mothers who are Rh negative should order 2 Eldon cards for cord blood typing. These can be ordered with the birth kit under options.  All prices on the birth kit page include shipping and handling.

If you are planning to labor or give birth in water you can find more information regarding additional supplies here.


  • 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 plastic mattress cover or thick polyethylene (at least 1 ml thick) There are some wonderful waterproof mattress pads out there that are like vinyl tablecloths, flannel on the sleep side.  Please do NOT use zip up plastic mattress covers (bags) that cover the entire mattress.  They are too hard of us to remove after the birth.
  • Firm mattress (place plywood underneath if too soft or have a 6-10 inch stack of newspapers in a garbage bag)
  • Cover pillows with plastic bag – then pin or tape case to pillow.

The following supplies should be washed, dried. Run these items through an extra dryer cycle and immediately place them in plastic bags, using a twist tie to close the bag.  Label the bags.  They will be opened as needed.

 Or (if your dryer does not heat well)

Place them in separate grocery bags, sealed with tape or staples, labeled as to their contents and placed in the center of the oven (don’t let the bag touch the top or sides of the oven.)  Place a pan of water in the bottom of the oven and bake for 2 hours at 200 – 250 degrees.  Watch carefully to avoid scorching.  Do not open the bags.  They will be opened as needed.

  • At least 2 sheets (fitted and top sheet)
  • Pillow cases
  • At least 4 full size adult bath towels (these are used to cover the baby immediately after the birth)
  • At least 3 additional towels if planning water labor/birth
  •  At least 4 adult washcloths
  •  At least 4 receiving blankets

The following items need not be run through an extra dryer cycle baked, but washed, placed and labeled in a bag.

  • Clothes for the baby
  • Diapers for the baby (except when using disposable)
  • 2 receiving blankets

When you feel pretty certain that you are in labor, make up your bed with the clean sheets that you have for after the birth first.  Place the plastic sheet/waterproof mattress cover over them.   Place the baked/dried sheet on top of the plastic sheet/waterproof mattress cover (pinning the corners to prevent slipping if you use plastic). Cover the pillows with plastic bags and then put on the birth pillow cases.  Keep the top sheet folded down so you don’t accidentally birth on it. 

After the birth we will strip your bed so you have clean sheets and clean up your room while you are showering.

These supplies should be ready 21 days prior to your due date. Midwives check at the home visit.