Preparing for Birth

Birth Preparations

4 to 6 weeks before baby is due

  • Attend childbirth education classes if desired
  • Buy or reserve water birth tub & accessories if desired
  • Sign friends and family up for meal preparation & delivery for first and second week postpartum, if possible. Foods can be frozen. This is a great thing to do at a baby shower.
  • Practice deep relaxation, visualization, and breathing
  • Gather birth supplies and pack birth bags
  • Clean birth room and bathroom tub thoroughly
  • Order birth kit from In His Hands Birth Supply. Call 1-800-247-4045 or order here. 

Packing for the birth

Please prepare the following bags of items for the birth. Any type of clean bag can be used. Be aware that linens, blankets, diapers and clothing will very likely be soiled during the birth and postpartum period, but usually come clean when washed in cold water. All bedding, towels, and clothing needs to be washed with non-irritating detergent, dried thoroughly, and packed while clean. If new, all baby wear can be soaked in baking soda and sun-dried before washing to eliminate chemicals.

Bag 1: Towels

  • 8 washcloths
  • 4 towels

Bag 2: Sheets

  • 2 full sets of sheets and pillow cases for birth bed

Bag 3: Baby

  • four diapers
  • undershirt
  • outfit with long sleeves and legs and feet
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • four to six flannel receiving blankets
  • diaper pins or snappies if using cloth diapers

Bag 4: Extra supplies (can be organized in a bag or the fridge)

  •  2 quarts of Recharge (any flavor), coconut water or Emergen-C
  • Ibuprofen
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Thermometer (straight, not ear or forehead)
  • Natural baby oil or lotion for massage
  • Camera, film, video equipment
  • Massage oil or Lotion for Mom in labor
  • Labor aids: music, candles, lip balm, extra pillows
  • Lots of good food on hand, including additional quarts of Recharge, high-protein foods, yogurt, applesauce, fresh fruits and ice