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.
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.
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!
Our Nursery Room
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:
- 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:
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!
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.