Email 9 – Home Birth Essentials

Assembling your birth supplies is a top priority when having a home birth.

Most often, gathering the necessary supplies for your home birth is one of the last things you do to prepare for the big day.

Your midwife will supply you with a list of things you are responsible for purchasing. Anything extra that you would like, such as food, candles and doorway signs you can create for yourself (that’s the fun part!).

I’ve created two lists to consider when purchasing your supplies.

The first represents items needed for bodily care, the next, for memories and mood.

*Be sure to check the first list with your midwife for things to add

For Care:

  • Stock your favorite foods as well as yogurt, ingredients for a protein shake, water, and juice.
  • At least a dozen small clean towels or old blankets
  • Baby hats
  • Waterproof liner for matress
  • Sanitary pads
  • Cleaning alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 2 peri bottles
  • Olive oil
  • Heating pad
  • 2 pairs of pajamas – one during labor and one for after
  • Bendy straws (so you don’t have to physically hold a cup/glass)
  • 1 set of old sheets for the birth bed
  • Birth ball (exersize ball)
  • Epsom salts
  • Hand mirror (to watch baby being born!)
  • Mesh underpants

For Ambiance & Memories:

  • Candles (we also strung christmas lights to have dim light in the evening, which was also nice after Ella was born since babies eyes
    are sensitive to bright light)
  • Music
  • Camera and video camera
  • A hand drum
  • Your journal
  • Lavender oil and lotion
  • Vase of fresh flowers
  • Favorite blanket or stuffed animal/doll
  • Drawing paper and pens/pencils/crayons or paint
  • Pictures of friends and/or family
  • Powerful statements of mantras as affirmations
  • Champagne and/or sweets to celebrate with!

I want to help you find & purchase your home birth kit.

I know when I was pregnant, I would have loved to purchase my home birthing essentials online. Honestly, I didn’t feel like going to the store – and we had to go to more than one to find everything we needed. It was kind of a pain in the butt.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve put off purchasing your home birth kit until the 38th week and waddling down isle after isle just doesn’t sound like your idea of f-u-n. Procrastination rocks until the day before the paper is due. <wink>

So, here’s what I did for you: I scoured the internet for the best company selling home birth kits and birthing essentials to make your shopping experience as pain free as possible.

Introducing, Mama Goddess Birth Shop

Mama Goddess Birth Shop is a proudly eco-friendly online store, offering high quality home and hospital birth supplies, water birth pools, organic baby products, organic herbal teas, breastfeeding supplies, and more!

I love their products, the owner Maria’s sweet personality and her level of commitment to helping provide products for naturally birthing mothers.

Mama Goddess now features Bring Birth Home Custom Home Birth Baskets filled with luxurious and practical birthing items for labor, birth and postpartum. Hand selected by yours truly :)

For more Bring Birth Home Birth Basket options, visit the Bring Birth Home Store!

Looking for more? Recommended reading:

Ina May’s Guild to Childbirth, A wonderful collection of home birth stories in the first half of this book followed by the history of childbirth and midwifery in the later half.

Your Best Birth, “…decide what kind of birth is best for you….Your best birth is one where you feel empowered because you know all your options and are confident in the decisions you have made about the birth.”

Birthing From Within, Birthing From Within is a gem among childbirth books. Its approach is comprehensive and answers almost any question a pregnant woman might have from creating birth art, alleviating fear and how to hire a doula.

Wishing you an amazing journey and a beautiful birth…

Alright ladies, this is the last email in the series, How to Plan Your Home Birth in 9 Steps.

Thank you so much for reading through these emails. I sincerely hope you have gained powerful insights about home birth preparation through the information I’ve offered.

Warmest Regards and Many Blessings,
Kaitlin Rose