PREPPING FOR A HOME BIRTH…
38 weeks and we are feeling ready. I’m still working, but had my last client in the salon yesterday and starting to wind down which is really lovely. I’ve had a couple of people ask about what to prepare with planning to give birth at home so here is our list (condensed for what worked for us for Saachi’s home birth).
* Our CordBank kit is ready to go with an area that our midwife can do the collection
* Lots of towels and flannels
* Jug for hot water
* Bucket or container – For placenta
* Rubbish bags
* Laundry basket or access to a washing machine
* Birthing pool if you wish (you can rent)
* Tens Machine if you wish (you can rent)
* Hot/Cold packs
* Ambient lighting
* Speaker for music
* Atomizer with essential oils
* Some written affirmations if you wish
* Herbal teas / Coconut water
* A clamp, tie, muka, or other tools for tying the umbilical cord
* Some warm clothes, wraps, nappies, or other items ready for baby
* Comfortable underwear and clothing for yourself
* Maternity pads or disposable undies or period undies (Pad-cicles are amazing, look them up)
* Nourishing food for after
* Support people sorted for help with Saachi
* Books that I also recommend are: The First Forty Days, The Postnatal Depletion Cure, Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth etc.
A home birth takes a little extra planning – But thanks to the team at CordBankNZ they have made that part of the process really easy by providing my midwife with everything needed for the collection.
If you are thinking about doing cord blood banking and your midwife hasn’t done a collection before, or you just want some guidance/advice, get in touch with the team and they will be more than happy to help you. They have been an absolute dream to work with!