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You will want to have a room that will comfortably fit everyone and your birthing tub (if using). A warm cozy area where light levels can be adjusted as needed is also very beneficial. If you are using candles look into having some flameless candles, as candles can heat up a room very quickly. Most women labor best in a darkened quiet area. Make sure there are curtains or blinds on the windows so they can be closed to allow for additional privacy.


Make sure your birthing supplies are easily accessible and everyone knows where they are. If having a waterbirth, make sure you have a stack of clean towels next to the tub. Also make sure there is water or an energy drink available to you at all times, along with snacks. 


Set up your cd player/mp3 player and make sure your care provider or doula know how to use it, so they can start or stop it as needed. If you want photos or video makes sure your support people also know how to use them and what moments you want captured from the labour and birth.

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Prepare the room for any religious beliefs or practices, including plans for the placenta. Some women find personal items that make them feel good important to have, whether this be a favorite photo or a focal point to concentrate on when labour gets tough. And last but not least, make sure you have items for baby like clothes, blankets, towels, hat and diapers.

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 Some providers will give you a list of items for you to purchase typically a kit that they have set together at specific websites and it’s a one click shopping trip. There are even a few who provide everything from your birthing tub, to post partum products, it will just depend on your care provider.

Things you may want to have:

  • birthing tub
  • post partum pads and/or adult diapers (easily purchased at any supermarket)
  • mesh panties (specialty item found at homebirth suppliers or at medical equipment stores such as or other panties chosen for your post partum bleeding 
  • extra food in the house for snacks for everyone
  • hose to connect from your water heater (or sink)  to your tub (hardware store)
  • hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol to help get any possible stains out (regular grocery store item)
  • heating pad (pharmacy area in your grocery market)
  • small movable stable surface like a cookie sheet or a bowl for the placenta 
  • spare towels: large and small size
  • extra set of clean sheets for the bed
  • shower curtain or plastic to cover the bed (protect the mattress)
  • a large quilt/blanket under the birth pool (to absorb any access water splashed getting in and out)


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Saturday, 19 November 2011 10:44

Unassisted Birth Step #9: Gathering Supplies

This might include, but is not limited to:

  • birth pool
  • shower curtain or vinyl table cloth
  • chux pads
  • towels
  • cord clamps
  • scissors
  • placenta bowl
  • baby scale
  • receiving blankets
  • baby hats
  • herbs (for example, shepherd's purse for bleeding or raspberry tea leaves).  

Birth kit supplies may be purchased from a variety of sites (some may be cheaper on certain sites than they are on others, and supplies vary, so look around), but a popular site to purchase from is this one:

I personally recommend doing a search for a particular item you want one at a time, unless you plan to order many different things.  (A lot of things can be found at a local department store or laying around your house.)  You may also decide that you want monitoring (the baby's heart rate, your blood pressure, cervical checks, etc.), in which case you can use supplies that you have used for your UP (or purchase them via the, or wherever you feel comfortable getting them from).  

You might even decide that a birth kit is unnecessary.  Alternatively, it might be a good idea to pack a hospital bag, in the unlikely event you need to transfer.  

Visualize your birth and decide what you need.  If you think you might run into (or fear) a certain complication, you may want to especially prepare for that one, even just for peace of mind.  Most women find that they don't need hardly anything that they put in their birth kit but it is better to be prepared than need it and not have it on hand.

Here is the story my unassisted birth with my twin girls.


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