Midwife Bag: what I take to a birth

by Holly Shearman on May 31, 2012

in Birth News

Midwives birth bags are pretty diverse, just like women’s purses.  I think it’s quite educational for the general public, physicians especially, to know what midwives carry to a birth.  We don’t just show up with no supplies hoping to catch a baby!  OK- in our dreams maybe!  We all carry different things to births.  It really depends on what we are “allowed” to carry and use within each state. For you parents out there-don’t let these supplies scare you.  The goal is not to use all of these things, however, sometimes these items are needed.

So, here’s what’s in my Birth Bag!

  • Deby Birth Stool
  • Stethoscope, Blood Pressure Cuff, Thermometer, glucometer
  • Doppler and fetoscope
  • Baby Scale and measuring tape
  • Gloves-sterile and nonsterile
  • Herbs,homeopathy,essential oils
  • Oxygen along with masks, tubing, ambubag,pulse oximeter,heating pad,feeding tube, and delee suction
  • IV fluids-only used if excessive vomiting, long labor, or postpartum hemorrhage
  • Medications: pitocin, methergine, cyctotec for postpartum hemorrhage
  • Erythromycin ointment and vitamin K for baby
  • Antibiotics for GBS
  • Phenergan for nausea or vomiting
  • Benadryl and epinephrine for allergic reaction
  • RhoGam for Rh negative women who’s baby has Rh positive blood
  • Lidocaine used for either emergency episiotomy or for suturing tears
  • Amnihook, catheter, syringes, needles, vacutainers
  • Chlorhexidine- clean lubricant for exams
  • Bulb Syringe, gauze
  • Sterile instruments: scissors, hemostats, needle holder, speculum, rings forceps, cord clamp

Note: Parents order a birth kit that has many of the disposable supplies and can rent a birthing tub for a home birth.  If giving birth at a birth center, then the center carries the disposable supplies.

Oh, last but not least, the CHART! This used to mean paper chart, but now I am using Private Practice Electronic Medical Records on my iPad. LOVE IT!

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