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Unassisted Birth Step #9: Gathering Supplies

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This might include, but is not limited to:

  • birth pool
  • shower curtain or vinyl table cloth
  • chux pads
  • towels
  • cord clamps
  • scissors
  • placenta bowl
  • baby scale
  • receiving blankets
  • baby hats
  • herbs (for example, shepherd's purse for bleeding or raspberry tea leaves).  

Birth kit supplies may be purchased from a variety of sites (some may be cheaper on certain sites than they are on others, and supplies vary, so look around), but a popular site to purchase from is this one: http://inhishands.com/shop/Birth-Supplies.

I personally recommend doing a search for a particular item you want one at a time, unless you plan to order many different things.  (A lot of things can be found at a local department store or laying around your house.)  You may also decide that you want monitoring (the baby's heart rate, your blood pressure, cervical checks, etc.), in which case you can use supplies that you have used for your UP (or purchase them via the www.unhinderedliving.com, or wherever you feel comfortable getting them from).  

You might even decide that a birth kit is unnecessary.  Alternatively, it might be a good idea to pack a hospital bag, in the unlikely event you need to transfer.  

Visualize your birth and decide what you need.  If you think you might run into (or fear) a certain complication, you may want to especially prepare for that one, even just for peace of mind.  Most women find that they don't need hardly anything that they put in their birth kit but it is better to be prepared than need it and not have it on hand.

Here is the story my unassisted birth with my twin girls.


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