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What's In My Birth Kit

What's going in my birthing kit, as I rapidly approach my due date!

Tonight is my home visit.  Yikes!  I’m 36 weeks and 3 days, which is “close enough” to 37 weeks (the usual point at which home visit occur).  This means that I have to have all my birth supplies gathered up and ready — both the ones that I bought (which came in the mail last week) and the ones that I have to find around the house.  Some are being reused from my last birth.  Some are brand-new.  Some have to be sterilized.  There’s a lot to get ready!

In case you’re curious, I thought I’d share with you what’s in my birth kit, and what we’ll be using the items for.

(These are just the supplies *I* provide — my midwives will be bringing additional supplies!)


  • Essential Oils 1 of 15
    Essential Oils
    These will be used for massage during the birth to help me relax, if desired.
  • Gauze Sponges 2 of 15
    Gauze Sponges
    These have a bunch of uses, but typically are used to support the perineum during birth to prevent any contamination.
  • Infant Hat 3 of 15
    Infant Hat
    This will go on baby's head right after birth to keep him/her warm!
  • Straws 4 of 15
    Straws
    These make it easier for me to stay hydrated in labor, sipping through a straw is simpler than holding a cup myself. I picked these up when I was out because they are wider and I like that!
  • Trash Bags 5 of 15
    Trash Bags
    There are 2. One is for dirty laundry, and one is for trash.
  • Ziploc Bags 6 of 15
    Ziploc Bags
    These are to put the placenta in (double bagged) after birth. Then it can be thrown out, frozen, transported to wherever we want.... We're still considering encapsulating.
  • Drinks 7 of 15
    Drinks
    I have an assortment of drinks in glass bottles, which I can ask for during labor. Hydration is important!
  • Pads 8 of 15
    Pads
    These are for post-birth (or, if my water were to break early, during labor), and are cloth, washable pads.
  • Sheet Pieces 9 of 15
    Sheet Pieces
    These are old sheets that are, under ideal circumstances, put under the mother as she's pushing, right before baby is born, for a sterile environment. (We didn't make it last time because baby was born in less than 2 minutes!)
  • Towels 10 of 15
    Towels
    These are to clean up any mess there is, wipe off baby after birth, and to dry us off after a water birth.
  • Washcloths 11 of 15
    Washcloths
    These will go in a crock pot when I go into labor with warm water in there. They'll be used for perineal compresses in order to reduce the risk of tearing, in case I'm not in the water for birth.
  • Aquaborn 12 of 15
    Aquaborn
    This is the birth pool I ended up buying. We'll set it up as soon as it arrives, so it's ready when we need it!
  • Baby Blankets 13 of 15
    Baby Blankets
    We'll have several of these on hand. Some will be sterile receiving blankets, which we'll use to wipe/dry baby off immediately birth. Later we'll have some nice ones to wrap baby in.
  • Bulb Syringe 14 of 15
    Bulb Syringe
    This is in case baby needs to be suctioned at birth to clear mouth and nose.
  • Birth Ball 15 of 15
    Birth Ball
    This is for me to sit on during birth, which can help baby move down and me feel more comfortable in early labor.

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