Two weeks ago I gave birth to my 6th child by way of what is commonly called an unassisted childbirth (uc), though my husband- and only my husband- actually gave me a good amount of assistance, so I don’t like to call it a uc. This was our fourth homebirth and I have never (publically) written much about my homebirthing experiences, but this time I am feeling a pressing need too (yes, birth puns!) yet not sure where to even begin. So, figured I would post my birth kit and “plans” for now as I really appreciated other people doing so while I was in my planning stage.
Hot water bottle
Need to buy:
Blood test (need proof of type)
Birthing Stool (Carpenter)
Chux/Disposable sheets (Pharmacy)
BIG sanitary pads (Pharmacy/Carrefour)
Rubbing Alcohol (Pharmacy)
Ice Pack (Pharmacy)
Phone Number for Clinique Urgencies
Stainless Steel Scissors (Kasseria)
Bucket EXACTLY like white bucket we wash dishes in (Derb Ghalef)
Homeopathic remedies (Maarif)
- Nux Vomica
- Hamamelis Virginica
Case of Juice (I choose flavours)
Flex straws (Carrefour)
Wash cloths (Maarif/Kasseria)
Something to put Asiya’s clothes and diapers in
Bassinet (Maarif/Derb Omar)
Cloth diapers (Kasseria/Maarif)
Nursing Bras (Maarif)
Swaddle Blankets (Kasseria/Maarif)
To Do At Birth:
Steep Tea in 3-4 litres of water
Put chux/disposable big pads on bed
Have cool juice/water for Brooke
Clean Bath Tub
Have trash set-up in bed room (put bag in dirty laundry hamper)
Put birth stool next to bed
Keep people out of bedroom and bathroom
Now for a rundown of what I did and didn’t use:
Hot water bottle- Didn’t use. Previously I have used one on my abdomen, even tucked one in my pants when we went to the hospital with my first labor, and do recommend doing so. This baby was born during an unusual heatwave, so I skipped the hot water bottle.
Suction bulb- Used. Dad loves to suction his babies’ boogers, so it was an extra special treat for him to suction Asiya Eve’s mouth.
Embroidery thread- Didn’t use. Birthing her in Morocco I had less shopping choices for my birth kit than when I have birthed at home in the states. Unable to find umbilical cord clips I was going to use DIY birthers’ suggestion of embroidery thread, but then a friend kindly sent along two clips and that was definitely much easier to work with and appreciated!
Warm socks 2 pairs- Didn’t use. I think I have always worn them before, as some birthers get the chills, especially after labor- but again, heatwave.
Lavender- Used. Fresh from the countryside, I steeped it with the chamomile right after my water broke/leaked heavily- about 14 total brew time and then poured into a bath and I soaked in it for a bit.
Need to buy:
Blood test (need proof of type)- Didn’t get or need. Was told that the hospitals would require this, so best to have a card like Moroccans generally do otherwise it could hold up an emergency. We just figured if it was that much of an emergency they ought to trust that the husband and I know that we have the same type.
Rent Car- Didn’t do or need. I didn’t want to have to walk the block to the ER if we truly needed to, but they have ambulances so we didn’t bother- and a good thing because she came several days later than the ultrasound guessed.
Birthing Stool (Carpenter)- Used. An excellent investment and a family heirloom! We had the stool made locally and I used it for one good push with the baby and a sort of push/wishful thinking with the placenta.
Paper Towels- Used. Mmm, I’m not really sure if the husband used these, but it seems he must have.
Baby wipes- Didn’t use. Got these for me, but didn’t need them.
Sheets 2- Used. Right after I took my bath I puked all over myself and my clean sheet- happy to have extras!
Chux/Disposable sheets (Pharmacy)- Used. Put under the birth stool and on my bed.
BIG sanitary pads (Pharmacy/Carrefour)- Used, of course.
Betadine (Pharmacy)- Used. Midwives usually ask me to put a little in a peri-bottle along with water and clean/rinse with it after ever pee once the water has broken, but I just made plain water istinja this time. Also, for the umbilical cord stump I like to use a little Golden Seal and then just clean water, but it made my hub and in-laws feel better to use Betadine, so I did this one time.
Rubbing Alcohol (Pharmacy)- Used to clean the scissors.
Ice Pack (Pharmacy)- Didn’t use. Previously I have used an ice pack after my homebirths, but recently read an article about how this may not be best for the body so I was considering not using it. My perineum really felt good after this birth, and I felt no desire to sit on ice.
Phone Number for Clinique Urgencies- Got, but didn’t use. AlhumdiAllah
Ibuprofen (Pharmacy)- Used. Uff. Didn’t realize the strength was considerably stronger than in the states and took three on an empty stomach, which may have contributed to my subsequent puking.
Anti-nausea suppositories (Pharmacy)- Used. I have vomited during all my labors and it is horrible. In the states all I could get over the counter was homeopathic nux vomica, here I got suppositories and started using them when my contraction started picking up- no puking! At least not during labor.
Stainless Steel Scissors (Kasseria)- Used. Cut the cord with them and then gave them away, thank you- don’t need to resee that every time I use them.
Bucket EXACTLY like white bucket we wash dishes in (Derb Ghalef)- Used. Husband got one bigger and it didn’t fit under the stool, so he went back for a second, which fit perfectly and almost filled to the brim with birth-stuffs, like the placenta.
Homeopathic remedies (Maarif)
- Arnica- Used.
- Nux Vomica- Used. Very worried about nausea, sucked on these too.
- Chamomilla- Didn’t use.
- Hamamelis Virginica- Used. Before and after for varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
- Lanolin- Didn’t use, yet. For wool diaper covers.
Case of Juice (I choose flavours)- Drank it all and still am. I really like to have a lot of juice on hand to drink straight or diluted while building up my milk supply.
Chamomile Tea- Used. Steeped with the lavender right after my waters broke/leaked- about 14 total brew time and then poured into a bath and I soaked in it for a bit.
Flex straws (Carrefour)- Used. And then hid away the rest for special occasions and sick days.
Wash cloths (Maarif/Kasseria)- Used. Got them primarily for my perineum, but didn’t have a chance/need to use them. Wiped baby off a little with a couple.
Something to put Asiya’s clothes and diapers in- Got her some drawers.
Bassinet (Maarif/Derb Omar)- Still waiting on this one…
Cloth diapers (Kasseria/Maarif)- Found some locally, though only medium wraps which she is leaking out of…but I also found my stash of small prefolds, so need to do something about those wraps…
Nursing Bras (Maarif)- Found to different styles locally and an old but not too worn one.
Swaddle Blankets (Kasseria/Maarif)- Very happy to find a couple of cotton ones, though it’s too hot to swaddle her.
To Do At Birth:
Steep Tea in 3-4 litres of water- Did that right away when my waters broke/leaked.
Sterilize Scissors- Hubby and sister-in-law did this just before they cut the cord.
Put chux/disposable big pads on bed- I did that and put some under the stool.
Have cool juice/water for Brooke- Put some in the fridge and freezer when my waters broke.
Clean Bath Tub- Sister-in-law did this. I recommend a sitz bath after labor- very nice and comforting.
Have trash set-up in bed room (put bag in dirty laundry hamper)- Didn’t happen, husband managed clean-up just fine while I sound asleep.
Put birth stool next to bed- Did that first thing after brewing tea.
Keep people out of bedroom and bathroom- They (the kids) mostly stayed out and just before we were really ready for her to come on out I asked the kids to stay out of the room and “off my door” and they did!
I’m still ruminating on what I want to say about the birth, but in the meantime- it went really well- alhumdiAllah!