Birth supplies, hospital bags, loading the car for the birth center… all of it is an exciting part of planning for your baby. This collection of lists will help you make sure you have what you need when it’s time for baby to make his or her debut – no matter where you’ve decided that will be!
Honestly I have three essential birth supplies: a birth tub, a stack of blankets fit for me, and a straw. Maybe a towel to dry off with.
Simple birth is my preference. I birth in the tub and snuggle with my baby – no hat to block that sweet baby smell, please. And my body, not a clammy towel, will keep my baby warm. When we get out, I want baby skin-to-skin. A blanket over both of us is great, and kangaroo care works not only to regulate temperature, but to regulate heart rate, breathing, and even baby’s blood sugar levels. I’ll take that over a towel or blanket bundling my baby any day. The cord can stay attached for a good, long time… I’ve never had a lotus birth but I’m in no hurry for cord cutting and certainly not for clamping.
And the straw? Well, I always get incredibly thirsty during labor and regular sips from a straw are a fruss-free way to stay hydrated. Essential 🙂
There are others things I like to have on hand, too (a little peri-bottle and the disposable absorbent pads come to mind). But really, birth is very simple and after six babies, those three things are really all I feel I need 🙂 Every mama is different, though, and your birth list may be longer. Here are some ideas for what to have on hand:
A simple birth kit doesn’t need to contain very much:
*The hospital will supply many things, like stretch briefs, peri-bottles, pads, etc. Bring your own cloth diapers and mama cloth of you want to use them right away. Your birth center will let you know what they supply or if you need to order a birth kit.
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