FREE Home Birth Supply Checklist: What Should You Have For A Home Birth

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After having three home births, I have had many questions about what supplies do you need to have on hand for the birth.  I have made a compilation of supplies that were recommended to me from my midwives at different times. I consider most of these the bare minimum and I wouldn’t want to have much less than this on hand.

My midwife makes me collect all of these supplies prior to our 36 week home visit.  She also has her own bags of medical supplies that she brings, uses and has on hand for emergencies.

Two of the websites that I have used to order supplies for my birth kit is Radiant Belly and Everything Birth.  I have had great experiences with both of these sites and would recommend them.

You can watch my complete “What’s In My Birth Kit” video to see what everything looks like.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

-Janelle

For a PRINTABLE version on the supply list below, click here:

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Medical Supply List

  • 10 Underpads, Moderate Absorbency, 23″ x 36″

  • 5 Underpads, Heavy Absorbency, 30″ x 30″

  • 4 Attends Shaped Pads, 24″ Heavy Absorbency

  • 3 Protective Underwear, Super Plus, choose size above

  • 1 Perineal Instant Cold Pads – standard

  • 1 Perineal Irrigation Bottle

  • 1  Instant Cold Peri Compress

  • 1 Paper Tape Measure, 36″

  • 1 Cord Ring – Umbi-Ring

  • 1  Newborn hat, cotton

  • 1 Flexible Straws

  • 50 Non-sterile Gloves – Kimberly Clark Nitrile, med

  • 2 Sterile Gauze, non-woven 4 ply, 4″ x 4″, 2 pack

  • 1 Emergen-C Packets, choose flavor above

  • 1 Kleen-Print Footprinter

  • 1 Ziploc Bags, gallon size

  • 1 Garbage Bags, 13 gallon “Kitchen” size

  • 1 Glycerin USP Skin Protectant, 6 oz

  • 1 Lansinoh Lanolin, 1/4 oz

  • 1 Homeopathic Arnica 30c

General Supply List

Besides the Birth Kit, the following are a very good idea:

  • A laundry basket or hamper, for soiled linens (gather the supplies below and place in basket, well not the snacks)

  • A medium trash can and several trash bags (dark and strong are great)

  • A medium bowl or plastic container (‘Tupperware’, think 1/2 gallon ice-cream size)

  • Light snacks that appeal to you (crackers? popsicles? soup? toast? yogurt? fruit? etc)

  • Drinks that you will drink (tea? juice? water? Recharge? EmerganC? smoothies? etc)

  • A written phone list (not just in the memory of the phone or iPod)

  • A camera (that someone besides the mom-to-be knows how to use)

  • Working Flashlight (in case the power goes out)

  • Extra batteries

  • Feminine Hygiene products (overnight Kotex pads). Also a few ‘hospital underwear’ (Depends) are useful

  • Digital thermometer

  • A roll of paper towels (I love Bounty!)

  • Bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Things that are comforting to you (aromatherapy oils? candles? pillows? music? etc)

  • Lots of clean towels, wash clothes, and baby blankets, about a dozen each. Used and worn are perfect!

  • Newborn diapers and outfits for the first few days

Great Grandma’s Raisin Filled Cookies: Old Fashion Recipe

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These cookies were my great grandma’s recipe and she always made them for my mom. My aunt then started the tradition of making them for my mom’s birthday every year. The cookies are tender and sweet, filled with a wonderful, cooked raisin filling. These take a little extra time to assemble, but they are worth the effort.

I hope you enjoy this delicious, old fashion recipe!

-Janelle

Great Grandma's Raisin Filled Cookies: Old Fashion Recipe
 
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This old-fashion cookie was always made for my mom's birthday, which was around Christmas. A holiday favorite, this cookie takes a little bit longer to make than your traditional drop cookie, these are worth the effort. It will transport you back to a time of simpler things. Enjoy! -Janelle
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Cuisine: Cookies
Serves: 2dz
Ingredients
  • Dough:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup chopped raisins
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp flour
  • ½ cup water
  • Topping:
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp water
Instructions
  1. Place all filling ingredients in a medium saucepan and boil until thick, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Set filling aside to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream sugar, butter and eggs.
  4. Mix in remaining ingredients.
  5. Roll out dough maybe ⅛" thick (not too thick).
  6. Use a 2-2.5" round cookie cutter and cut out.
  7. Repeat with remain dough.
  8. Place a small amount of filling on one circle and cover with another circle.
  9. Carefully press edges together to seal the filling.
  10. Mix egg and water and brush on top of sealed cookies.
  11. Sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
  12. Bake until golden brown at 350F for 10-12 minutes.


Comfort Food: Creamy Corned Beef Casserole Recipe

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When I was growing up, my mom made this ALL the time.  Cans of corned beef used to be inexpensive and this meal was a great way to stretch a dollar.  Since then, canned corned beef has gotten more expensive, so I just cook my own corned beef when it’s on sale around St. Patrick’s Day. This recipe is very easy to throw together and it is a delicious home-cooked meal. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

Creamy Corned Beef Casserole
 
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This dish was made all the time by my mom when I was a kid. A can of corned beef was inexpensive and this was a great way to stretch a buck. If you don't have canned corned beef, you can use left over cooked corned beef.
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Recipe type: Comfort Food
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1lb egg noodles
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 6-10 slices American cheese
  • 1 soup can of milk
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1lb of cooked corned beef or 1 can of corned beef
  • 4oz (1/2 brick) cream cheese
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ½ cup dried bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbsp butter melted
Instructions
  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil.
  2. In a skillet, saute diced onions in 1 Tbsp of butter. Cook until translucent and tender.
  3. In a small bowl, soften cream cheese.
  4. Slowly add half and half to cream cheese and whisk until smooth.
  5. Add to onions, milk, can of soup, American cheese, corned beef, and cream cheese mixture.
  6. Add drained, cooked noodles to the cream mixture.
  7. Mix well and pour into a greased 9x13" pan.
  8. Mix 3 Tbsp melted butter with bread crumbs and mix.
  9. Sprinkle crumbs on top of noodles.
  10. Bake at 350°F for 35-45 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
  11. Can be made ahead of time and cooked prior to serving.

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