Midwives Home Visit


So, today was my home visit from the midwives. All three of them came, just so that they all know how to get to my house and are familiar with my home. It was cool to have my check-up done in my own bed! Laying back on my soft pillows listening to the baby’s heartbeat with Jada up on the bed beside me was a nice treat.

nursery-003-medium

I showed them my master bathroom and the garden tub that I want to try a waterbirth in. They all agreed that it was a perfect size. One suggested that I get an inflatable pillow to use while I’m in there, which I thought was a great idea. They also warned me to strip the bed of all nice linens, and have a waterproof mattress pad just in case I end up on the bed for delivery, and even for after the baby is born.

Amy (the midwife who is my neighbor) asked to see my supplies. She had given me a list of things to get and a birthing kit to order. A little chagrined I admitted to not having everything together yet… but I did have my birthing kit already delivered. The only “supply” that I had to show her was our flashlight, which is one of the things that she needs me to have ready for them to use. It can’t just be any flashlight, it needs to be one which doesn’t have a black “hole” in the center of the light. Luckily mine checked out.

nursery-001-medium

nursery-medium

nursery-002-medium

The visit didn’t take very long. I’ll go to Amy’s house next time for another regular check up. Six more weeks, I can hardly wait! We spent the whole weekend turning the guest room into the new nursery. I’m very pleased with how it turned out, considering we pretty much just used what we already had to decorate with (except for a crib set I bought off Craigslist for $30 plus shipping). I’d love to paint the walls, but I still want to keep it an optional guest room. When the baby is sleeping through the night I’ll move her into Jada’s room. I don’t think the baby will mind not having a colorful room for a while anyways 🙂

**For those of you who may be wondering what all the midwives want me to have on hand for the homebirth, here is the list they gave me:

Birthing Kit:

  • 20 underpads (chux pads) larger size
  • 6-8 sterile 4×4 gauze pads
  • 6 single sterile gloves (medium or 7 1/2)
  • 4-6 packets lubricating jelly
  • Blue Cohosh herbal tincture
  • Bulb syringe (2 oz or 3 oz new)
  • 2 plastic cord clamps
  • Peri squirt bottle
  • Sanitary pads (overnight/extra long)
  • 2 infant hats
  • Flexible straw
  • Herbs for after pains (Afterease)
  • 2 pr. mesh panties for mom

You can purchase these items through various Birthing Supply Companies, here are a few my midwife recommended:

In His Hands 1-800-247-4045

Precious Arrows 1-919-341-1196

Birth and Beyond 1-888-683-2678

I also need the following additional items:

  • 1 box non-sterile gloves (med.)
  • 1 roll of Viva Paper Towels
  • 1 plastic fitted sheet for mattress
  • 4 large black plastic garbage bags
  • Large, lightweight plastic bowl for placenta
  • 2 large flannel-backed vinyl tablecloths (to protect floor)
  • Flashlight w/ batteries
  • 1 bottle rubbing alcohol
  • 1 bottle hydrogen peroxide
  • Digital thermometer
  • Epsom salt
  • Cotton balls
  • 8 receiving blankets
  • Stack of towels and washcloths
  • Juice of choice
  • Disposable diapers for baby
  • Sitz bath (for soreness or hemorrhoids)

And I need to have an overnight bag packed, just so that my gowns and the baby’s clothes are close at hand, and also just in case we need to transfer to the hospital. (Hopefully that won’t happen though!!)


Kendra
About Kendra 1104 Articles
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

7 Comments

  1. Hello! When my first was born 12 years ago the midwife just about missed it. Second was emergency in hospital. Then third was born at home on the living room floor with only one pad used underneath me because he came so fast. We used very little out of the birthing kit that the midwife had me get together. We were planning for a water birth, but he came so fast it just didn’t happen. My husband actually delivered Jonathan. THEN the midwife showed up! HA! Thankfully, everything was perfect with Jonathan. He is now 7 years old and fixin’ to go out in the snow!

  2. Thanks for the information on these websites. My midwife is not requiring as long and detailed of a list but there are things I had no idea where to look. I am excited yet nervous about this homebirth thing. My first 3 were in a hospital but my last birth was 2 hours and all my birthing times had been half of the previous. I do not think I will make it to the hospital and I do not use medication during labor so I thought this would be perfect. I have a question though maybe you can answer. I am a little nervous about afterbirth pain and how to maintain it. After my last daughter I had really painful afterbirth pains for about 3 days. My last child was at a hospital so they gave me medication. My midwife is only suggesting I take arnica tablets or the topical cream. This does not work for me. I know I handled childbirth without meds and should be able to handle this but I would like to relax and enjoy my baby without so much pain. Do you or anyone else know of any other alternatives?

  3. Your nursery looks so nice! That is quite a list of supplies, but it still seems more convenient than a hospital delivery/hospital stay. How comfortable to know that your baby will be born in your own home, and you can just stay put afterwards. Out of curiousity, why Viva paper towels as opposed to another brand?

    I must admit to being a little jealous. I’m using a midwife, but we are having a hospital delivery. At 26 weeks, I had a very strange episode of heart trouble that landed me in the hospital for a few days. Everything has been fine since then, and I’ve been allowed to continue with my midwife despite my new “high risk pregnancy” label…but, because of this, I *must* have a hospital delivery just in case. Thankfully, the midwife will deliver at a hospital 30 minutes from our home, so we’re able to continue in her care.

  4. I know this may sound odd but if you do end up having the baby at home that you donate your afterbirth to a local search and rescue team that trains human remains detection dogs. I have and train these dogs and we had a lady donate her placenta to us.

    Look online and see if your county or local municipality has a search and rescue/recovery team that could benefit from this type of donation. We are constantly needing new “stuff” to continue with the canine training.

  5. Wow! That’s quite a lot of stuff to get. But, I guess it’s mostly stuff that would already be at the hospital. It sounds like your delivery will be so much more peaceful!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.