If you are planning a home birth with a midwife, most of our clients purchase a Birth Kit around 36 weeks pregnant. This kit contains the bare essentials for your midwifery team and includes things like sterile gloves and umbilical cord clamps. Over the years I have seen some additional items be useful at a home birth, but please don't think you need absolutely everything on this list. If you purchase a birth kit that caters to your midwife and her practice style, that is the most important item in my opinion.
This Amazon list includes items to help prepare for having a home birth, such as supplements, childbirth education, comfort items, postpartum recovery and breastfeeding essentials.
HAVE THESE ITEMS ON HAND Most of these items can probably be found in your home already. We have found it useful, if clients gather these items together (minus food and drink) and place them in a plastic storage bin. LINENS 2 sets of sheets. - One set to labor on that will get stained, and a clean set for recovery. One unused tarp, painter’s drop cloth, vinyl tablecloth, or shower curtain. 6 Towels 4 Wash cloths MEDICINAL I encourage you to think, "What would I like to help me heal after I have my baby?" Extra Bag of Depends & Chux Pads [some come in your Birth Kit, but extras are great] Chamomile Tea Pads: Make strong chamomile tea, soak a dozen panty liners and freeze Sitz Bath Mix and/or Epsom Salts Earth Salve [a Neosporin alternative] Homeopathic Arnica 200c Witch hazel liquid or pads Ibuprofen [preferred] or Tylenol KITCHEN Large glass bowl Cookie Sheet White kitchen trash bag Extra Virgin Olive Oil -or- any fragrance free oil that can be used for massage and lubrication CELEBRATION Large meal prepared and frozen for after the birth Camera, memory card & charger List of phone numbers to call to announce after the baby is born FOOD & DRINKS Variety of Juices [low acid is best] Electrolyte Drinks Bendy Straws Bag of ice Easy to prepare protein – peanut butter, cheese, or eggs Light snacks – fruits, vegetables, nuts, sandwich fixings, bagels, yogurt, etc. Frozen, easy to prepare meals for the family FOR MOTHER Comfortable clothes to labor in Bathing suit top if planning a water birth Pajama gown for after Large Waterbottle FOR BABY 2 onesies 2 newborn hats 4 Receiving blankets Diapers & Wipes COMFORT ITEMS Visit the Amazon List mentioned above for suggests. You can find more information about comfort items on the Comfort Strategies page. Essential Oils & Diffuser Birthing ball (lrg exercise ball) Sound machine or Music player Speakers for music Eye Mask Candles Heating pad