1. Birth Plan:
Have a written birth plan in place that outlines your preferences for the birth, including pain management options, who will be present, and any other special requests.
2. Midwife or Doula:
Ensure that you have a qualified and experienced midwife or doula present to assist with the birth and provide medical support.
3. Medical Supplies:
Gather medical supplies such as sterile gloves, gauze pads, cord clamps, and scissors.
4. Emergency Equipment:
Have emergency equipment on hand, such as oxygen, resuscitation equipment, and a blood pressure cuff.
5. Comfort Items:
Gather items to make the mother comfortable, such as a birthing pool, heating pad, or massage oils.
Have plenty of nutritious snacks and drinks on hand to keep the mother hydrated and energized during the birth.
7. Baby Supplies:
Prepare supplies for the baby, such as a receiving blanket, diapers, and clothing.
8. Communication Plan:
Have a communication plan in place, including phone numbers for your midwife, doula, and emergency services.
9. Postpartum Care:
Plan for postpartum care, including breastfeeding support, postpartum recovery supplies, and a plan for any necessary medical follow-up.
10. Emergency Plan:
Have an emergency plan in place in case a transfer to a hospital becomes necessary.