The first time I went into labor was different than my second go-round. I had my hospital bag packed since my due date and nine days later, I finally was be able to do the grab-n-go and the rest of hospital birth necessities are taken care of. What exactly goes into preparing for a labor and birth in a home birth? A day after my ‘due date,’ I’m really getting down to bidness. The home birth kit box arrived Saturday, my estimated due date passed yesterday without news, and today I’m coming up with a plan of what to do when the big day arrives per Bébé, of course. Most of it is common sense steps like calling my husband and letting our parents know, but it’s also a lot more preparation than grabbing your hospital bag and jumping in the car.
Below is my rough draft of a labor to-do list:
Home Birth Active Labor To-Do List
- Call my mama *Update: She and my sister are coming! They live five hours away so they should get the first call.
- Call Gym Hottie, if not home
- Call doula
- Call midwife
- Call photographer
- Set basket of birth supplies in plain sight for midwives
- Start pot of pho
- Lay out snacks
- Put on a bit of make-up and arrange cute, but not-Beyonce hair I’m having a photographer, what?
- Arrange sheets on bed As suggested by my midwife, arrange new sheets, vinyl shower curtain, and then another sheet on top to be tossed later. GENIUS!
- Put on labor outfit I don’t know how active labor will put me in what mood so I give myself options: a) swimsuit, b) maternity nightgown, c) tank and lounge pants.
- Turn up water heater Even though we’re not having a birth pool, I fully intend to make use of our actual bath tub.
- Charge iPhone
- Turn on webcam recording
Am I missing anything, fellow birthing mamas?
What did your labor to-do list look like?
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