Supply List for Birth @Home Midwifery Services Clientele
One month before your baby is due you’ll want to purchase the following supplies. Many of these items may be picked up at your local grocery store or ordered from Amazon. Others may be found at second-hand stores or garage sales. Some may already be in your linen closet or bathroom cupboards.
Scroll to the bottom of this post to see an alphabetized list of the specific supplements and products I recommend.
FOR THE BIRTH
Two packages of 23″x36″ disposable under pads, paper backed with plastic.
Two sets of clean, older sheets, one set for during the birth and one set for afterward. Many women find suitable sheet sets at second-hand stores.
Two plastic drop cloths or a plastic shower curtains to protect your mattress and the floor. Make up the bed with the clean, after-the-birth sheets first, spread the plastic over the clean sheets next (be sure to pull the plastic up all the way to the headboard), then cover everything with an older fitted sheet. Have the older flat sheet nearby and handy for privacy, warmth, etc. Keep the second bit of plastic with the packages of disposable under pads.
One large package of individually wrapped 4″x4″ sterile gauze pads.
Two rolls of Viva paper towels.
About 8oz of almond oil. The bottle or bottles of oil should remain unopened until labor
Four clean, older wash cloths. Whatever you have already will surely do, or you may look for washcloths at a second-hand store.
Ten soft, clean, older baby blankets. These may also be looked for at second-hand stores. Some mothers purchase a single flannel flat sheet and cut it into rectangles or squares the size of a receiving blanket.
One package of thick overnight pads and one package of regular pads, whatever brands you prefer.
Three large garbage bags.
A stash of fresh water, some coconut water and/or colorless Gatorade, and plenty of ice.
Protein foods that mom likes: bone broths, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, cottage cheese, string cheeses or cheese curds, yogurt, kefir, nut butters… You get the idea.
Two large ziplock bags.
One large bottle of 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
One large bottle of hydrogen peroxide.
Three large packages of epsom salts.
Three to four ice packs. Pour three-fourths cup of water and one-fourth cup of 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol into a sandwich-sized ziplock bag and close, carefully squeezing the air out. Place that bag in second sandwich-sized ziplock and close, again, carefully squeezing the air out. Place those bags in a third sandwich-sized ziplock, squeeze the air out and close. Put the ice packs in the freezer. These sort of ice packs are reusable, but do change the outer ziplock bag after each use.
A bottle Nature’s Cleanse, therapeutic grade tea tree oil, or other natural antiseptic suitable for sensitive tissues. Nature’s Cleanse is also great in the bathtub. Try a capful or so mixed with 1/4 to 1/3 package of epsom salts.
Coconut oil or B & W Ointment for tender nipples.
A hot water bottle with enema accessories.
One bottle of crampbark tincture for afterpains.
One bottle of Advil or Motrin and extra strength Tylenol for after pains. In this case, the name brand is considered more effective.
ITEMS ESPECIALLY FOR THE BABY
Some clean undershirts, gowns, socks.
Newborn diapers and wipes.
A simple thermometer.
A Boba Wrap or Moby Wrap.
A set of baby belly binders.
ITEMS ESPECIALLY FOR THE MOTHER
A fresh nightgown.
Two or three good quality nursing bras.
A 3 or 4 panel abdominal splint or binder.
A heating pad.
A flashlight with new batteries.
At your 36 week visit I’ll provide you with a package of additional supplies including two squeeze bottles you’ll need for the almond oil and aftercare rinse, a syringe and Eldon card for assessing your baby’s blood type and Rhesus factor, and a disposable mom-sized diaper.
From 36 weeks onward, keep a posting of your address and nearest cross-street on your front door, keep your car’s gas tank filled, and try your best to keep the birthing room and the bathroom—especially the bathtub—clean.
And when you call for us to come, remember to unlock your front door and screen, flick on front door light, and put up your dogs!
Supplement & Product Recommendations
This section is broken down into a complete list of supplements, products, and practitioners listed in Nourish & Thrive. You may find them listed by section and, within the supplement and product sections, in alphabetical order.
Everything in the supplement section may be found on Amazon unless otherwise noted. I’ve listed the brands that appear the best to me and/or the brands I actually use. When searching for the products, you may need to include the word “organic” in order to find the product I listed. If you find a brand of anything you think is better, let me know!
activated charcoal capsules and/or powder: Schizandu appears to be a good quality option for food-grade charcoal
alfalfa tablets: PINES International looks like a good brand
arnica, homeopathic: arnica montana, 200c, by Washington Homeopathics at preciousarrows.com
Bach Flower Rescue Remedy
blueberry concentrate: Dynamic Health 100% Pure Blueberry Juice Concentrate
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
calcium, magnesium, potassium blend: Bone-Up by Jarrow Formula
chlorophyll, powdered: 100% Barley Grass Juice Powder by Teatox Life looks like a really good brand
co-enzyme Q 10: Ubiquinol QH-absorb, reduced form Co-Enzyme Q 10, 100mg, by Jarrow Formula
collagen: Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate
cranberry concentrate: Dynamic Health Pure Cranberry, Unsweetened, 100% Juice
D mannose tablets: D Mannose, 500mg, by Superior Labs
basil oil, birch oil, clove oil, DigestZen by dōTERRA, Digize by Young Living, fennel oil, lavender oil, lemon balm oil, lemon oil, melaleuca or tea tree oil, On Guard by dōTERRA, onycha oil, peppermint oil, Thieves by Young Living, wintergreen oil: throughout this book, I recommend the use of essential oils. Young Living and dōTERRA oils are my favorites, and are best purchased through independent distributors. If you aren’t one or don’t know one, here are a couple ladies who can help you place an order: For Young Living oils, you may text Hannah Simmons at 269.986.5382. For dōTERRA oils, you may call or text Sarah Slone at 269.967.3529.
evening primrose oil: Evening Primrose Oil, 1300mg, by Sport’s Research
fermented cod liver oil: Fermented Cod Liver Oil by Green Pasture
flaxseed oil: Flaxseed Oil by Number One Nutrition
food enzymes: Dr. Formulated Enzymes, chewable, by Garden of Life
gentian violet: Gentian Violet 1% Solution by De La Cruz
ionic/colloidal silver: Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol
trace mineral blend: Trace Mineral Tablets or liquid by Trace Minerals Research
iron supplement: Iron & Vitamin Formula, Liquid, by Floridex
lecithin: Lecithin,1200mg by Pure Naturals. This lecithin is made from soy and while I’m no soy product fan, I’m no fan of recurring plugged milk ducts either. Lecithin made from other products such as sunflower seeds is available, I’m just cannot speak to their efficacy.
L-lysine: L-lysine, 500mg, by Superior Labs
magnesium spray: Ancient Minerals Magnesium Spray
methylated folate: BPlex-Pro, 1500mcg, by Nutra Care seems to be a good brand, but begin with Jarrow Formula’s Methyl Folate 5-MTHF, 400mcg and work up slowly until you’re ready to take the BPlex-Pro’s 1500mcg, especially if currently pregnant. Dr. Amy Neuzil has a great article about how to take methylfolate at dramyneuzil.com/the-best-dose-of-methylfolate-for-mthfr-mutants.
MSM: MSM Sulphur, 1000mg, by Jarrow Formula
prenatal or multivitamin, Garden of Life’s Vitamin Code
probiotic for adults: Bio-Kult Advanced Probiotic Multi-Strain Formula
probiotic for adults: Primal Defense ULTRA Ultimate Probiotic Formula by Garden of Life
probiotic for babies: Bio-Kult Infantis Supplement
psyllium husks: Organic India Whole Husk Psyllium or Psyllium Husk capsules, 500mg, by Viva Naturals
selenium: Garden of Life Organic Fermented Mushroom Complex with Selenium and Cat’s Claw
alfalfa tincture, astragalus tincture, butcher’s broom tincture, catnip tincture, chamomile tincture, crampbark tincture, echinacea tincture, false unicorn tincture, fenugreek tincture, hops tincture, lobelia tincture, nettle tincture, passion flower tincture, red raspberry leaf, skullcap tincture, valerian tincture, wild yam tincture: the herbal tinctures I recommend throughout the book, except for the herbal tinctures for gallbladder cleansing are produced by Limited Edition and may be found and purchased from Chupps Herbs and Fabrics, LLC in
Southwest Michigan, 269-659-3950 or at store.nutritionalresources.com/collections/limited-edition-herbs
gallbladder cleansing herbal tinctures: Chinese bitters tincture, GCC (golden coin grass) tincture, coptis tincture, and curcuma tinctures all by Prime Health Products and available for purchase at store.spiritofhealthkc.com
goat’s rue tincture: Goat’s Rue B60 Alcohol-Free Herbal Extract Tincture, Super-Concentrated Organic
Tylenol, Extra Strength
vitamin B6: Vitamin B6, 50mg, by Superior Labs
vitamin B Complex: Vitamin Code Raw B Complex by Garden of Life
vitamin C: Vitamin Code Raw C, 500mg by Garden of Life; Vitamin C with Amla Spray by Garden of Life, mykind Organics; Emergen-C
vitamin D3, Vitamin Code Raw D3, 5000IU, by Garden of Life
vitamin k2/d3 drops for babies: Baby Vitamin D & K Drops; 400IU D3,10mcg K2 MK-7; by Raise Them Well
whole fruit product: Juice Plus Orchard Blend: juiceplusmed.com
whole green food product: Juice Plus Garden Blend: juiceplusmed.com
zinc: Vitamin Code Raw Zinc, 15mg, by Garden of Life
Everything in the products section may be found on Amazon unless otherwise noted. I’ve listed the brands that appear the best to me and/or the brands I actually use. When searching for the products, you may need to include the word “organic” in order to find the product I listed. If you find a brand of anything you think is better, let me know!
almond oil: Almond Oil by Sky Organics
aloe vera gel: TheraNeem Neem Leaf and Aloe Gel by Organix South
ArniFlora Gel: ArniFlora by Boericke & Tafel
belly binders for baby: Luvable Friends baby belly binders
belly binders for mama: The Tummy Team 3 Panel Abdominal Rehab Splint at thetummyteam.com
blood pressure monitor: Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor by Omron
Boba Wrap: Boba Baby Wrap
B & W Ointment: B & W Ointment by Wholesome Specialties
coconut oil: Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Unrefined and Cold Pressed by Garden of Life
coffee for enema: PureLife Enema Coffee Organic Ultra Light “Gold” Air Roast
diaper cream: Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Diaper Ointment
disposable underpads: Super Plus Absorbency Incontinence Underpads, Extra Large, 25 Count, by Prevail
dropper bottles for tinctures: set of 12 Cobalt Blue 2oz Glass Bottles with Glass Eye Droppers by Vivaplex
enema kit: Premium Enema Silicone Enema Bag Kit, Non-Toxic BPA & Phthalates Free
gaze pads: Pro-Gauze Sterile Pads, 4″ x, 4″, 25ct, by Curad
glucometer: GE100 Blood Glucose Monitoring System
glucometer test strips: GE100 Test Strips 50ct
glucometer test lancets: TRUEplus Sterile Lancets 28 gauge 100ct by Nipro
heating pad: Automatic Digital Moist Heating Pad Heating Pad, 18” x 14” by Thermotech
Himalayan pink sea salt: Himalayan Salt, 2lbs Extra-Fine Grain by Sherpa Pink
Moby Wrap: Moby Wrap Original 100% Cotton Baby Carrier
Nature’s Cleanse: Nature’s Cleanse is a Melaleuca Company product, and must be purchased through an independent distributor. If you aren’t one or don’t know one, you may email me at email@example.com and I will help you place an order.
neti pot: Porcelain Neti Pot by Himalayan Chandra
Redmond Real Salt: Nature’s First Sea Salt, KOSHER, by Redmond Real Salt
sleep mask: Dream Zone Sleep Mask by Earth Therapeutics
stool for toilet: Squatty Potty at squattypotty.com
support stockings 30-40mm/Hg stockings may be purchased at supportsockshop.com.
thermometer: Vicks Comfort Flex Digital Thermometer
vitamin E oil: Vitamin E Oil Organic & Natural by Mother Nature’s Essentials
witch hazel: Humphrey’s Homeopathic Remedy Organic Witch Hazel
Kim Woodard Osterholzer, Colorado Springs Homebirth Midwife
Nourish & Thrive: Happy, Healthy Childbearing, began as a stack of short articles Kim crafted through her early days catching babies with an eye toward helping the families she served enjoy the most wonderful pregnancies, births, and periods of postpartum renewal possible. As the years slipped one past another, that little stack grew and grew until, at last, this book was born.
From a description of what birth at home with a midwife looks like to thoughts about nourishing lifestyles, from a peek at the act of giving birth to a closer look at the days and weeks that follow, from tackling the aches and pains of carrying wee ones within to getting ready to press them into the light, Kim shares the many lessons she’s learned through nearly twenty-five years’ worth of loving and serving moms, dads, and brand-new babies.
Your copy of Nourish & Thrive may be purchased at the Book Patch for $24.99.