In this episode of Taking Back Birth, I talk about the very short list of supplies you need for a birth. You’ll probably be surprised at just how short it is.
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I have been thinking about “the list” for weeks already (12 weeks pregnant) and this helps SO much. I have wondered about the need for compress, sutures, and cord clamp, but the baby hat was a pleasant surprise. 😉 I love the minimalist approach – it makes me even more excited to be a mother! Thank you for simplifying the birth list!
This isn’t for birth – but giant pads (not the blue pads, but personal menstrual pads). I guess mothers educated in unassisted birth will realize that they will be bleeding after birth, but rather than having to drive to the store (or maybe women who do unassisted births use reusable menstrual pads, it would be good to have these on hand. I haven’t given birth at home, but I’ve always brought pads to the hospital/birthing center. They often have them to provide to women, so I really only need them once I get home, but if you are at home for the birth, you may want to have that on hand for after the birth. Maybe this item goes in an “after birth” category or list?
For those of you like me, looking for the list, I thought I’d mention, it starts at about 20 minutes in. Before that, she’s explaining what is not necessary and why, which is helpful for someone coming from hospital or even birth center birth. But for those of us going for a first unassisted birth after a dozen home births (self plus attended for others), I just wanted an idea what she thought was absolutely essential–or just really nice to have. Thanks for doing this, Maryn! It was really helpful–lets me know we have everything we need plus some 😉
Thanks, Jessica! Glad it was helpful.
I thought a hat after birth is good for baby maintaining body heat, being comfy / cozy…
Understanding that while skin to skin baby’s temp will be maintained from Mom / Dad’s body… but when not skin to skin?
Is there any reason not to use hat… other than it’s not necessary?