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Supplies Recommended for a Home Birth

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An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.

Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy

These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.

Have your list of emergency phone numbers near the phone. Your doctor, pediatrician, ambulance, and hospital numbers should all be included. Also include your address, phone number, and directions to your home.


Extra people (Support for children, gofer, etc.)
Clean clothes for all - who should also be bathed
1 roll of paper towels
Flashlight with fresh batteries
Heating pad or hot water bottle
Box of trash bags (at least one bag should be white) for laundry, trash,
placenta, pillows, etc.)
2 large bowls - 1 for placenta, 1 for emesis
1 empty squirt bottle - for rinsing perineum after birth
Crushed ice in 3 or 4 sandwich bags for ice packs
3 or 4 bottles of Gatorade, Third Wind or Recharge
Extra juice - especially important after the birth
Extra food - for mother, friends, midwives 
Sanitary napkin belt or sanitary briefs
Box of hospital sized sanitary napkins
Box of maxi size sanitary napkins
Nightgown for after the birth
Rubbing Alcohol (73%) for cord care
Flexible straws
Optional: Camera- with film and flash Powder Chapstick Popsicles or frozen juice cubes Nursing bra & pads Warm socks


20 Large Chux - disposable underpads 1 - 3oz. bulb (ear) syringe 1 - bottle oil for massage, preferably in squirt bottle 1 - box 4x4 sterile gauze pads or topper sponges (min.20 pads) 12 individually wrapped sterile gloves (size medium) 1 - cord clamp 1 - bottle 91% alcohol 1 - tube STERILE lubricating jelly (HR, K-Y, etc.) 1 - baby cap


1 set of clean sheets for use after the birth Clean pillow cases for use after the birth 1 plastic mattress cover or thick polyethylene Firm mattress (place plywood underneath if too soft or have a 6-10 inch stack of newspapers in a garbage bag) Cover pillows with plastic bag - then pin case to pillow

The following supplies should be washed, dried, placed in separate grocery bags, sealed with tape or staples, labeled as to their contents and placed in the center of the oven (don't let the bag touch the top or sides of the oven.) Place a pan of water in the bottom of the oven and bake for 2 hours at 200 - 250 degrees. Watch carefully to avoid scorching. or Run these items through an extra cycle in the dryer (at least an hour) and place in plastic bags with a twist tie.

Do not open the bags. They will be opened as needed.

   At least 2 sheets (fitted and top sheet)
   Pillow cases 
   At least 4 towels (these are used to cover the baby immediately after the
   At least 4 washcloths
   At least 4 receiving blankets
The following items need not be baked, but washed, placed and labeled in a bag.
   Clothes for the baby
   Diapers for the baby (except when using disposable)
   2 receiving blankets
When you feel pretty certain that you are in labor, make up your bed with the clean sheets that you have for after the birth. Place the plastic sheet over them. Place the baked sheet on top of the plastic (pinning the corners to prevent slipping.) This will make your bed all ready for the birth.

After the birth we will strip your bed and clean up your room while you are showering.

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