Anyone have a home water birth?

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  1. New2Bumps

    New2Bumps Mummy to 2 gorgeous boys

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    Sorry if this is in the wrong place.
    Could you tell me if this list is comprehensive enough?

    Birth Pool
    Liner
    Water thermometer
    Pump for emptying
    Pump for inflating
    New hose and new tap fitting
    Sieve
    New bucket
    Blanket for underneath
    Waterproof sheeting for underneath
    Spare sheets for sofa’s and rest of floor
    At least 6 towels


    Thanks ladies :flower:
     
  2. Kitten

    Kitten Mummy to Theakston & Nyah

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    Has the m/w done your home assessment yet? They gave me a list for my home birth then, think it was around 26weeks. I didn't have a water birth though, but wish I had!
     
  3. New2Bumps

    New2Bumps Mummy to 2 gorgeous boys

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    She's coming next week so hopefully she'l give me some tips! thanks!
     
  4. NattieLou

    NattieLou Monkey Mama

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    If it helps, this is the list I was given. It's for a general homebirth, not specifically a water birth.

    *telephone access
    *Anglepoise lamp with extension lead
    *Make sure there is adequate heating for the room you plan to birth in
    *Means of gently warming baby linen (e.g. hot water bottle with cover)
    *Clean hot water supply
    *Clean hand towel and soap for midwife
    *Bucket or washing up bowl for wet rubbish
    *Plastic bin liners to protect cushions/pillows etc
    *Plastic sheeting for floor {I've heard cheapo shower curtains work well}
    *Plastic mattress cover to protect mattress/futon etc
    *Old clean sheets and towels
    *Packet of incontinence pads (to protect carpets/chairs/cushions etc)
    *2 packets of full-sized sanitary towels

    For baby:
    *2 soft towels (old but clean)
    *Vest
    *Babygro or nightdress
    *Cardigan
    *Booties
    *Nappies
    *Cotton wool
    *Cot sheets
    *Blankets


    My midwife said some of it isn't necessary - I'm thinking stuff like mattress covers and incontinence pads (I think the midwives bring pads with them) - we're going to talk through it nearer the time. As you'll see a lot of it is common sense and stuff you'll have in your home anyway.

    Oh, and don't forget refreshments for the midwives. ;)
     
  5. Kitten

    Kitten Mummy to Theakston & Nyah

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    You also need a table in the room you plan to birth in in case of resuscitation. We had a dining room table in our living room that they said was fine and they used it to weigh him etc.
     
  6. Kitten

    Kitten Mummy to Theakston & Nyah

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    Oh and with the floor, that was a weird one. I had bought shower curtains from ASDA for like 97p but they didn't use them. When I got out of the bath and downstairs ready to start pushing they'd kitted my living room out and I still have no recollection of what with or where it all came from as it was clean next time I got out of bed.
     
  7. New2Bumps

    New2Bumps Mummy to 2 gorgeous boys

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    Thanks girls that's a big help :)
     
  8. JennTheMomma

    JennTheMomma Mommy of 1 & Expecting #2

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    You can buy a waterbirth kit online, that has everything you need for it. Your list seems good, and your Midwife should tell you what to have.
     

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