Atlanta Birth Care

Home Birth in Atlanta Georgia

Supplies Recommended For A Home Birth

Have your list of emergency phone numbers near the phone.  Your doctor, pediatrician, ambulance, and hospital numbers should all be included.  Also include your 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

  • Crushed ice in 3 or 4 sandwich bags for ice packs (for your bottom)

  • 3 or 4 bottles of Gatorade, Third Wind or Recharge

  • Extra juice - especially important after the birth

  • Extra food - for mother, friends, midwives

  • Roll of paper towels

  • Box of maxi-size sanitary napkins (preferably not with plastic weave on the inside)

  • Nightgown for after the birth

  • Diapers

  • 2 bottles hydrogen peroxide

  • 1-2 bottles Witch Hazel (refrigerate for use after the birth)

  • Q-Tips

  • Plastic sheet for the bed

  • Bottle of oil for massage, preferably in squirt bottle

  • Thermometer


Optional
:

  • Camera- with film and flash

  • Powder

  • Chapstick

  • Popsicles or frozen juice cubes

  • Nursing bra & pads

  • Warm socks

 
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 4x4 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.

 

Bedding 

  • 1 set of clean sheets for use after the birth

  •  Clean pillow cases for use after the birth

  • 1 plastic mattress cover or thick polyethylene (at least 1 ml thick)

  •  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 4 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.  Place the plastic sheet over them.   Place the baked/dried sheet on top of the plastic (pinning the corners to prevent slipping.) Cover the pillows with plastic bags and then put on the pillow cases.  Keep the top sheet folded down so you don’t accidentally birth on it. J 

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

These supplies should be ready 21 days prior to your due date. 

 

 
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