For those of you who have done a home birth, this may sound like a stupid question, but how do you know where you want to give birth??
Let me explain. DH and I were at the midwife on Tuesday. DH asked if we will get a list of things we need prior to the birth so we can prepare (DH wasn't as crazy this appointment). So the midwife gave us a few ideas of things to start thinking about such as they recommend double/triple coating the bed with layers. So, we already have a rubber coated waterproof allergy cover, that would go first. Then there are plastic fitted sheets you can buy but she said to just get a shower curtain from the dollar store or something, lay it down, then put a fitted sheet over that. Then she said to do the same thing, but a double layer of shower curtain this time, then another fitted sheet. They would then put down absorbant pads and things.... Then after the birth they can strip the first layer, and we have a nice clean layer for relaxing with the new baby plus the mattress is still covered for any leaks, etc.
So then I thought...what if I don't want to give birth in bed? I know it's one of those instinctual things where I may want to move around a lot. I'm just wondering what other items I should consider protecting or whatnot?
Also, we have a king size bed and I'm not sure a shower curtain would fit so I might opt for the fitted plastic king size sheet instead anyway. And I also want to get some of that mesh hospital type underwear stuff (I had some when I had my LAP surgery and they are awesome). I presume both of these could be bought at a medical supply type store?
Should I consider getting some new/cheaper king size sheets because of potential stains? Right now I have only two sets, both in white. I'm thinking that in the first few weeks after birth there could be stains of various kinds and lots of sheet changes so maybe pick up a few pairs that I can wash and dry quick and leave my good thick white ones aside for now?
Last question - anyone heard of getting an IV with a home birth? Because I have fibroids, the midwife said there is a small risk of uncontrolled bleeding after the birth due to the fibroids causing issues with the uterus contracting and shrinking. She said they can put in a IV just in case but obviously not connected to anything. That way it's there in my hand if they need to give me anything or if they need to take me to the hospital. I have no problems with this, I just didn't know they could do that with a home birth.
I'm sure I'll have more questions eventually!!