The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
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.
Birth kit from Cascade: infant cap 4 4x4 gauze pads 2 oz bulb syringe peri bottle 1/2 0z weleda arnica oil ( I pour this in the massage oil to help with swelling and bruising ) Wish Garden peri massage oil 1 plastic clamp 12 med single sterile gloves footprinter keepsake birth certificate ( although I would like to replace this with a handmade water color certificate as a gift for my clients.) 15 23x36 blue chux 2 flexible straws vinyl sheet 96x120 ( I have them make bed with both sheets put on plastic then make bed again with another set of sheets. I use chux for the birth so the plastic is for -just in case-) wish garden sitz bath echinacea tincture ( as a preventative)This is the supplies handout I use: Supplies List
These items are necessary and considered part of your birthing supplies. They should be gathered and labeled before your home visit.
Birth 4 old towels 4 washcloths Flashlight with new batteries 2 bowls - one for the placenta and one to vomit in Crockpot ( if you have one ) and an extension cord Box of white kleenex Plastic trash bag Honey and a spoon ( a small honey bear works well) Unopened non-citrus juice ( white grape juice is good)
After Birth Box of Kotex Overnight pads Isopropyl Alcohol Cotton balls and swabs Hydrogen Peroxide (for blood clean up on your carpet if necessary) Underpants for mom and a gown she can nurse in, if desired Food for a hungry family and birth team
Baby Socks Infant hat Diaper and pins 4 receiving blankets Outfit for baby if desired Wash cloth or baby wipes
These items are needed in addition to your birth kit items. Please gather these things and put them into three labeled paper bags (except the crockpot).
You may also consider fresh flowers, an audio cassette recorder, video
or photographs, candles, or some soothing music you enjoy.
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