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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 13:13 PM   1
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38+3 and arranging for homebirth at the last minute!


Hello all! I have been under consultant led care for this pregnancy due to recurrent first tri losses, and it has just been assumed by all the professionals involved in my care that I'd give birth at local hospital. Although I questioned this at the beginning, having wanted a homebirth, I eventually came to terms with the fact it was just a given that I'd be in hospital.

Well, I had my 38wk midwife appt today - was a different midwife to the one I usually see. She asked me why I'm not having a homebirth and I said I didn't think I was allowed Anyway, she has now set the wheels in motion, is visiting me on Wed for a homebirth assessment, and has advised I get hold of an anglepoise lamp (in case I need any 'embroidery') and a shower curtain or two!

Any suggestions as to what else I need or what I should do to prepare? I have my hospital bags packed but will I need anything different? Not bothered about labouring in a pool so that's ok. Feel a bit unprepared for a homebirth but could not pass up the opportunity! Am over the moon that she has thrown me this unexprected lifeline to the birth I wanted



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 14:18 PM   2
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Congrats I hope your homebirth goes all to plan . I also decided at 37 weeks with my LO to have a homebirth. It all went amazing

I just got a bucket (incase I was sick but wasnt). I got told to buy a torch for stitches, waterproof bed sheet and a shower curtain. They bought everything else and cleared up everything . Xx



 
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Old Feb 10th, 2014, 16:09 PM   3
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Congrats I hope your homebirth goes all to plan . I also decided at 37 weeks with my LO to have a homebirth. It all went amazing

I just got a bucket (incase I was sick but wasnt). I got told to buy a torch for stitches, waterproof bed sheet and a shower curtain. They bought everything else and cleared up everything . Xx
Thank you! Bucket is a brilliant suggestion. Hopefully she will let me know if there is anything else on Wednesday. Baby is currently back-to-back so will be trying everything to change her position (I *think* she has only just turned that way). Just keeping my fingers crossed now!



 
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Old Feb 11th, 2014, 06:33 AM   4
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My mw said towels are good. I got dust sheets for diy and am going to put towels on top.



 
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Old Feb 11th, 2014, 08:31 AM   5
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My mw said towels are good. I got dust sheets for diy and am going to put towels on top.
Good tip, thank you!



 
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Old Feb 13th, 2014, 14:41 PM   6
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I am.the same i decided on a homebirth at 37 weeks... so basically i got told i just need old towels and a few cheap shower curtains...



 
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And a hospital bag on standby..."just in.case" and it will be handy to have evrything you need in one bag when lil one.does arrive...



 
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Old Feb 15th, 2014, 14:32 PM   8
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We were given a list for our home birth handy box, so that everything is in one place for the midwife.
I transferred late to the hb team last pregnancy but ended up giving birth in hospital last minute.
I purchased a pool late, like after 40 weeks and laboured for hours in there.
Snacks like cereal bars and drinks in a bottle for you.
Easy dh meals and biscuits for midwives, lol. My dh went outto kfc and got one for the student midwife :-D
We had an old futon mattress that we were about to throw out to have on the floor so I was comfy on my hands and knees. This time I've saved an old winter duvet.
I found my birth ball nice in very early labour- I sat on it watching tv for the first 4 hours before waking dh.
Bin bags.
Torch.
Blanket for you and one for baby.
Towels.
Birth plan.
Xx



 
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Old Feb 17th, 2014, 16:07 PM   9
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And a hospital bag on standby..."just in.case" and it will be handy to have evrything you need in one bag when lil one.does arrive...
Yep, labour bag and baby's bag was packed already so just left it all in there. At least DH will know where everything is then.



 
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Old Feb 17th, 2014, 16:14 PM   10
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We were given a list for our home birth handy box, so that everything is in one place for the midwife.
I transferred late to the hb team last pregnancy but ended up giving birth in hospital last minute.
I purchased a pool late, like after 40 weeks and laboured for hours in there.
Snacks like cereal bars and drinks in a bottle for you.
Easy dh meals and biscuits for midwives, lol. My dh went outto kfc and got one for the student midwife :-D
We had an old futon mattress that we were about to throw out to have on the floor so I was comfy on my hands and knees. This time I've saved an old winter duvet.
I found my birth ball nice in very early labour- I sat on it watching tv for the first 4 hours before waking dh.
Bin bags.
Torch.
Blanket for you and one for baby.
Towels.
Birth plan.
Xx
Thanks for all your suggestions. I spend all my time draped over my birth ball at the moment trying to get the baby to turn from OP, so that will definitely be on hand! I've got supplies in for the midwives, and frankly DH can make himself a sandwich. Am a bit annoyed I took an old duvet down to the dump a few weeks ago - but I have an oldish one that can be replaced if need be. I am (probably dangerously) making an assumption that I will dilate quickly like I did last time, and that we will be done and dusted within a few hours. May not be the same if baby stays back-to-back but I am trying to think positive :-)



 
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