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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