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.
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
- 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
- Blue absorbent under pads
- Laundry bag
- 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.
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?