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Gathering My Birthing & Postpartum Supplies

Submitted by on April 18, 2011 – 6:26 am 25 Comments
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Hey guys!! I’m so glad you could join me, Jill, Amy, and Megan for another fun-filled Homestead Barn Hop! It has been so inspiring visiting everyone’s homesteads and seeing what you’ve all been up to! Keep the great ideas coming!


This week I’ve been gathering my home birthing supplies…

It’s getting close. 4 more weeks, to be exact. It still seems too soon to be thinking about having everything ready for this baby that’s on its way, but I’m afraid to procrastinate any longer. I feel like this one will come before I’m ready. So I need to get ready now!

Last week I went through my birthing supplies leftover from baby Xia’s home birth, and placed my order for what I needed to re-stock. A few things I added to my birthing kit this time were Shepherd’s Purse and Blue Cohosh, to ease the postpartum bleeding. Something else my midwife recommended to me for the bleeding is that I start taking Barley Green supplements.

A few other essentials I’ll have on hand…

  • A Sitz bath and “AfterBirth” Sitz bath herbs.
  • Tucks pads. The cooling effect these give feels amazingly wonderful.
  • Peri cold packs. Heavenly.
  • Stool softener, or prunes.
  • A peri bottle.
  • Mesh undies and postpartum pads.
  • Lanolin and Soothies for breastfeeding.

Of course, I’ve also got the standard supplies like gloves, cord clamps, chux pads, and all that good stuff as well. But I’m wondering if there is anything else that I don’t know about that might help ease the delivery and postpartum pain. A couple of you have recommended to me that I get Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm and Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Cream, so I’ll have to try to find those things.

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Any other suggestions for me?? Have a favorite birthing supply you think I might like? I wanna make this birth the best yet!

Can’t wait to share this new little blessing with you all! Boy or Girl? What’s your guess??

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  • Amanda says:

    Oh it’s exciting! I’m preparing for my FIRST homebirth. I have 6 weeks to go and my supplies just arrived in the mail. I’m a busy body trying to make sure everything is perfect, but I know I need to take some time to relax and prepare for all the hard work then.

    Loved reading this post:)

    Any good advice, send it my way;)

  • Tracy says:

    Kendra,

    I’ve had three of my four kids at home. One thing that saved me during nursing the first few days was AfterEase by wish garden I believe. You can get it at In His Hands if it’s not already in your birth kit. I was told to apply directly under my tongue and hold for 10 seconds or so before swallowing. Repeat as necessary and follow with water if desired. Oh! And the grape juice (purple kind) was wonderful to sip on after the birth!! So I second that suggestion. My midwife also suggested using arnica with water in a peri bottle to rinse for a week or so. Hope that helps!!!

  • Jessica K. says:

    I can’t believe your are that close Kendra! With our second, I had a feeling that he was going to be here early, and I was right! He was born at 37 weeks, so I’m so glad I listened to my gut and prepared early!
    Good Luck!!

  • Awesome post! So glad to hear you are planning for a natural, home birth. I definitely want to have a midwife whenever God decides to bless us with children. I had no idea all of these supplies you mentioned- I have so much to learn!

  • Erin J says:

    I with the Barley Green or even Wheat Grass cause it contains the vitamin k naturally. Anything I would have added you already have on there is the sitz bath and bleeding herbs. I am having my 4th at home in July. We are going to make sure we have everything by the time I hit 30 weeks just cause I dont want to get caught off gaurd. Money is will be tight cause the baby is coming around the same time I usually by my homeschool books. So some things have to adjusted. But it will all work itself out. I cant wait for your new blessing to arrive. I really have enjoyed your blog.

  • Nikki says:

    Just another quick question….Where do you purchase the Earth Mama Angel Baby product line?I do not remember having seen it in our catalog?In His Hands sells a great product called Baby oil by Country Comfort.I use it on baby to help with easy diaper clean ups those first couple days when it is so sticky.It smells good too.It also works good for removing cradle cap later if needed as well.~Nikki

  • Nikki says:

    Hi Kendra,
    We are so excited for you as your new little one joins your family soon.:)I always love planning for our home births,it is neat to think you are getting to be a major part in another birth story.:)We can hardly wait to meet your little one here on the blog.
    I am going to guess you are having another girl……~Nikki

  • Milehimama says:

    My midwife actually used Depends instead of mesh panties/postpartum pads. They really do stay in place better and have fewer leaks.

    Don’t forget the peroxide for any blood stains! And I found that coconut oil worked better than lanolin for nipples.

  • Carrie says:

    With my last homebirth I used Earth Mama Angel Baby’s “New Mama Bottom Spray.” LOVED it. I think the ingredients were similar to Tuck’s pads, but having it in a spray for those first few days after birth was especially nice. I also loved having a rice bag that could be heated up in the microwave and used on my tummy for the afterbirth pains while nursing. It helped sooo much. πŸ™‚

    Can’t believe you only have a few weeks to go . . . so exciting!!

  • liz says:

    Hey Kendra, just curious….what ever happened to your one midwife who got arrested? Did they agree in her favor?

  • Rebekah S. says:

    WOW! You’re pregnancy is going super fast! Can’t wait to hear your story πŸ™‚ Just an FYI, while the Baby Balm works it DID stain my cloth diapers and I can’t get the yellow stain out of them.

  • Mimi says:

    Tuck pads are amazing. I was using them with our first baby 52 years ago. Used them with all 6 children. Now if that isn’t an endorsement, I don’t know what is! Sherry’s idea about the crock pot, hot water & cloths sound wonderful.

    Love, Mimi

  • Becky says:

    I also used Dermoplast spray “down there” and it helped the burning so much.

    I would add a heating pad or hot water bottle.
    And if you don’t have them, they made the cold pack pads. I bought extra and used them for 48 hours after I gave birth. I really think it helped me heal really fast.

    • Becky,

      I’ve heard good things about Dermoplast. I wish I could find that foam spray stuff they give you in the hospital. That stuff was so nice! I like lining an ice pack with tucks pads, then spraying that foam anesthetic spray on top of it all and sitting on it until it’s not cold anymore. Is Dermoplast kinda like that?

  • mel says:

    We LOVE the Barley Green at our house! I also have used the Earth Mama Angle Baby products and they have a postpartum tea that was nice too. And about the crock pot, our midwife called it the “crotch pot” ’cause those warm rags help skin stretch with less tearing. Just something to think about πŸ˜‰

  • Kerry says:

    Just wanted to thank you for your list. I am in “full prep” mode. I am only 4 1/2 months pregnant…but we may be facing a move and/or my hubby may be deployed before the baby gets here (just love the army….keeps you on your toes!) I’m unemployed and doing all the prepping I can that way we are ready and I’m not scrambling aound 8 months pregnant trying to do it all alone.

    As I said we are in full “prep” mode here. The other day I bought a package of overnight pads for postpartum bleeding because I had a great $2 off coupon.

    I’m interested to see what everyone else posts on comments. I thought the crockpot idea was wonderful. I think i’ll have to write it down, along with the blue cohosh.

    I also loved! Tuk’s pads. I’ve bought them already, too! After my last birth I tore and required some stiches….these keep the area clean and you can leave them right next to the wound until you use the ladies room!

  • Rebecca says:

    Wow…hard to believe it’s almost time πŸ™‚ I had great results tucking cabbage leaves inside my bra to relieve engorgement and tenderness. It would have been easier to nurse an electric stapler than my oldest son and I almost gave up. Thankfully a friend brought me a hug and a head of cabbage, listened to me whine, and encouraged me to keep going!

  • Bobbi says:

    Congratulations and good luck! I think I will guess a boy. πŸ™‚

  • sherry says:

    How exciting to have a new baby arriving soon! I had a midwife with six of my children, and one of the things I really loved was a crock pot with hot water and wash clothes. My thoughtful husband would keep a hot rag on my lower back and replace it frequently with one from the crock pot. My midwife also always advised me to have plenty of healthy grape juice on hand for having soon after the birth. I always enjoyed sipping my juice after expelling the placenta, soaking in a sitz bath, getting dressed in my new nightgown, and being reunited with my sweet baby who’d also been checked, cleaned, and dressed. Wonderful memories:) I’m so happy for you and your family and pray that you have a wonderful delivery.

    Oh, you may already know this, but keeping your legs elevated when going to the bathroom is VERY helpful and can prevent a world of trouble, if you know what I mean:)

    Blessings,

    Sherry

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