Preparing for a Home Birth: Top Supplies to Include in Home Birth Kit

My birth plan is something I haven’t spoken openly about this pregnancy. I’m generally not one to bottle up, but when it comes to my birth plan I have. Simply because it isn’t something that I want open for debate. Nor do I want to feel the pressure from others to sway my decisions.

You see when I was pregnant with my son my birth plan was something that came into play at the very last minute. For the majority of my pregnancy with him I had it in my head that I would require a c-section. Especially after I received the news at 18 weeks that I had a complete placenta previa. It wasn’t until the last 6 weeks of my pregnancy that I received the news that the placenta had moved, and all was clear to start planning out my birth.

Being that I had a horrible hospital experience when my daughter was born, I evaluated my options and began educating myself on home births. In the end, I opted to plan a home birth with my son. Not that I would have really had a choice in the end.  He would have been born at home either way. My labour with my son was a fast and furious one!

Something I learned very quickly after my son’s birth was that quite a few of my family members were quite against my decision to have a home birth. For the first little while after his birth I almost felt resented for my decisions.  This played a huge role in the postpartum depression that I endured during my son’s first year of life. I hated constantly having to defend myself and my decisions. Shouldn’t everyone have the right to decide how and where they might potentially like to birth their child?  I would certainly never bat an eyelash at someone who would tell me that they wish for a c-section or hospital birth. To each their own.

That being said – I am planning another home birth for my 3rd child. Not to say that I wouldn’t head to the hospital if the need for extra medical attention arose. Heck – I may even head to the hospital if the labour was lasting longer than I envisioned for pain relief. Who knows?! Every birth is unpredictable. While a birth may be planned… nothing says it will go according to plan.

Either way I have my trusty home birth kit prepared and tucked away in corned of my bedroom alongside my hospital bag.

Home Birth Kit

Over the years, I have had many people ask me what to include in a home birth kit. Here is a list of some of the supplies in my home birth kit:

  • Receiving blankets (8-10)
  • Hat for baby
  • Clothes for baby
  • Newborn diapers
  • Extra towels
  • Container for placenta (with lid)
  • Sanitary pads
  • Extra toilet paper
  • Lounge wear
  • Ibuprofen and Tylenol
  • Gravol
  • Gatorade
  • Snacks
  • Plastic sheeting for bed
  • Face clothes (for warm compresses)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Lip gloss
  • Handheld massager
  • Birth Ball
  • Lavender Bath Salts
  • Lavender Vanilla Relaxing Candle
  • Tarps (to cover floor if planning to labour in birth tub)
  • Hose (to fill up birth tub)
  • Birth tub (if planning to labour in water)
  • Garbage bags
  • Peribottle
  • Blue absorbent under pads
  • Laundry bag
  • Camera
  • Hospital bag
  • Car seat

The majority of my home birth kit has been stored beneath the bassinet (away from windows or doorways) or in a spare laundry basket.

Home Birth Kit - 2

So tell me now that you know a little more about my birth plan… have you ever had a home birth? If not, would you or have you ever consider(ed) one? 

Comments

  1. I have not had a home birth, but had 2 natural deliveries at the hospital attended my midwives. I would consider it, but Hubs is pretty against it. Rather then stress him (and in turn me) out I opted for hospital the second time around. I wish there were more birthing centres in Ontario to give women more options.
    Congratulations on making the choice that is right for YOU!

  2. I have never had a home birth, although I’ve always wanted one. Unfortunately I needed a csection with my very first baby and the midwives I’ve worked with have all been against home vbacs. If I get blessed with a fifth baby it’s definitely something I’ll pursue as I have a huge hospital aversion.
    I hope your birth is everything you want it to be, and at the end if the day who cares what other people think. If they don’t want a home birth they are welcome not to have one with their kids.

  3. While I haven’t had a home birth, I would love one.

    I had a c-section my first birth and 2 easy vbacs (youngest was born in March as well). If we do decided on #4 (the idea terrifies me) — it is something I would pursue further. My DH just is terrified of the clean up.

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