Today i’m sharing all the home birth supplies i have been gathering over the past several weeks.
My midwife gave me a list of everything needed for my home birth, so all these things were on that list. *I will try to link as many things as possible, to make it easier for you to find in case you are also having a home birth.*
Some items i already had on hand, like the laundry basket for example. Other items i had never even heard of before, like Arnica Tablets for example.
Getting ready for this home birth has definitely been an experience. I can’t wait until baby is born, so i can share how my first ever home birth & natural birth went. As i’m sure it’s going to be an incredible experience.
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Last week my midwife came out to my house to get a feel of the space we will be birthing in and also to check that i’ve gathered all my home birth supplies.
While she was here, she did my regular checkup and everything is looking great with baby & me.
At my 34 week checkup i was measuring 2 weeks ahead (36 weeks), but at my 36 week checkup i was measuring right at 36 weeks.
As far as symptoms go, i’ve been having more and more contractions. I’ve also been having a lot of morning sickness, which i’ve never experienced 3rd trimester morning sickness before with any of my other pregnancies. It’s also been harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
That’s about it for this update, not much else to share. I will now be doing weekly updates until baby is born, so be sure to check back next week to see how things are going.
I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant with baby number 6. At 24 weeks pregnant (more than halfway through my pregnancy) i switched from an OB-GYN to a Midwife. Today i’m going to share why i made the switch, and what my birth plans look like.
Honestly from the very beginning i knew this pregnancy was different, or maybe it is me that is different. Either way, immediately i had thoughts of having a home birth. I shared with my husband that i was thinking i wanted a home birth and at first it was a flat out ‘No’ from him. *A little background information here, my husband has past trauma from home births, so my asking him and getting his approval is to be respectful of him and his trauma.*
So, i let the idea of a home birth go for a little while and just saw my regular OB-GYN that i’ve seen since my first pregnancy over 15 years ago. I hated every appointment though. I just had this strong feeling that a home birth is what i was needing. So again, i talked with my husband about having a home birth. He still wasn’t on board, but it wasn’t a hard no like the first time.
Finally, after my 24 week appointment with my OB-GYN, my husband agreed that we could meet with a midwife and get more information on having a home birth. At 27/28 weeks pregnant we met a midwife and after leaving her office, my husband and i both felt a sense of calm & peace surrounding having a home birth.
I can’t give you a solid reason as to why i want a home birth, other than i just feel it in my soul that it is the right thing to do this time around.
As far as switching from an OB-GYN to a midwife, i was tired of feeling like a number. I was tired of feeling like i had no say in anything. I also don’t like a lot of the hospital’s policies, where i was going to deliver at.
I knew i had made the right decision to switch when i received a phone call from my OB-GYN’s office. I had an appointment scheduled with them for my 27 week check-up, but i cancelled it. I never heard from them until 2 days before Christmas (32 weeks pregnant). So the last time they had seen me was at my 24 week appointment, it had been almost 10 weeks before they even cared to contact me.
Anyways, i now have a midwife and i plan to birth at home completely naturally. My midwife has a birth pool that she will be bringing, although i’m not sure if i will use it or not. But it will be nice to have the option.
All of this is completely new for me, as all 5 of my other children have been born in the same hospital. I was also induced with all 5 of my other children. I also had an epidural for all 5 of my other children. So i’ve never experienced natural childbirth. That should probably scare me, but like i said this pregnancy has been different or i’m different, but i’m not scared at all. I feel so much peace surrounding this decision.
Later on this week, i plan on sharing my homeschool plans during the postpartum period. I will also be sharing some birth affirmations, that i plan on using for myself. And maybe even a home birth supply haul? Would anyone be interested in that? Let me know.
That’s it, for my home birth plans. I hope you all are having an amazing new year, so far.