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Homebirth Supplies

Planning a homebirth can be a deeply rewarding experience, allowing you to welcome your baby in the comfort and familiarity of your own home. To ensure a smooth and safe process, it's crucial to have the right supplies on hand. Here’s a comprehensive list of what you'll need for a successful homebirth, curated by Jasmine from Atlanta Birthwork.

Medical Supplies

  • Birth Kit: These are often available through your midwife or specialty retailers and typically include sterile gloves, cord clamps, and sterile scissors.

  • Disposable Underpads: To protect surfaces from fluids during labor.

  • Chux Pads: For absorbing fluids during labor and delivery.

  • Sterile Gloves: For anyone assisting with the birth.

  • Bulb Syringe: Essential for clearing the baby’s airways if needed.

  • Perineal Irrigation Bottle: Important for postpartum care.

  • Umbilical Cord Clamp or Tie: For securing the cord after birth.

  • Maternity Pads: For managing postpartum bleeding.

  • Lubricant: For internal exams if necessary.

  • Digital Thermometer: To monitor the baby’s and your temperature post-birth.

Comfort and Support Items

  • Birthing Pool (if planning a water birth): Along with a liner, pump, and hose.

  • Comfortable Clothing: Loose and easy-to-remove clothing for labor and post-birth comfort.

  • Pillows and Cushions: For additional support and comfort.

  • Birthing Ball: To assist with labor positioning.

  • Heat Packs or Cold Packs: For natural pain relief.

  • Massage Oils or Lotions: To help with relaxation.

  • Music Playlist and Speaker: To create a calming atmosphere.

Personal Care Items

  • Towels: Plenty of clean, absorbent towels.

  • Washcloths: For cooling or cleaning.

  • Bed Linens: Extra sets to account for soiling.

  • Plastic Sheets or Shower Curtains: To protect the bed or floor.

  • Snacks and Drinks: For maintaining energy during labor.

  • Straws: For easy hydration.

  • Lip Balm: To prevent chapped lips during labor.

Baby Supplies

  • Receiving Blankets: Soft and warm blankets for the baby.

  • Baby Clothes: Including onesies, hats, and socks.

  • Diapers and Wipes: Newborn size.

  • Baby Cap: To keep the baby’s head warm.

  • Car Seat: Installed and ready for any necessary travel.

Postpartum Care

  • Perineal Ice Packs: To alleviate swelling and pain.

  • Sitz Bath: For postpartum healing.

  • Comfortable Underwear: High-waisted and supportive.

  • Nursing Pads: Essential if you plan to breastfeed.

  • Breast Pump: In case you need it.

  • Lactation Support Items: Such as lanolin cream or nipple shields.


  • Flashlight or Lamp: For additional lighting if needed.

  • Trash Bags: For easy cleanup.

  • Cleaning Supplies: To tidy up after the birth.

  • Phone and Charger: To stay in touch with your midwife or doula.

  • Birth Plan and Important Contacts: Printed and easily accessible.

Safety and Backup

  • Emergency Numbers: Clearly posted in an obvious place.

  • Hospital Bag: Packed and ready in case of transfer.

  • First Aid Kit: For minor injuries or needs.

Final Thoughts

Discuss your specific needs with your midwife or healthcare provider, as they may have additional recommendations or requirements tailored to your situation. Preparing well in advance can help ensure that your homebirth is as safe and comfortable as possible.

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