Look what Deborah Neiger has just brought onto the market! It’s your very own homebirth midwife doll and accessories!!
Ha ha, not really. This IS homebirth midwife Deborah Neiger, plus all her kit laid out in all its glory. So, if you’ve ever wondered what’s in a homebirth midwife’s magic toolkit – here it is. We’ve come on a bit since the days of Call The Midwife!
Or maybe not! In reality, Deborah says that at most births all she uses is the Doppler (14), the incontinence pads (3), the scissors (31), the gauze (6), the scales (20) & baby weighing sling (12) – plus the wonderful midwife (1), obviously!
Second thing to note is that Deborah says the list isn’t exhaustive, and it’s not listed in order of importance.
- A kind and sensitive *known to you* midwife
- Rebozo for comfort measures or to help fetal positioning
- Lots of incontinence pads to soak up birth goo
- Catheter if passing urine is difficult or a full bladder is causing excessive bleeding
- Cord tie
- Gauze Swabs, mostly used to check the perineum for damage after birth if desired, or for microbiome seeding
- Placenta bag if parents want it disposing of
- Penguin suction, NEVER used as routine, only as part of resuscitation should it become necessary
- Baby weighing sling
- Stainless steel mirror for pool use
- Transducer gel for doppler
- Birth pack, only carry it for the unlikely possibility we ever need the Spencer Wells clamps and super sharp episiotomy scissors in it, though it actually has never happened
- Some needles and syringes to administer emergency drugs or vitamin K to the baby, if needed/wanted
- Cord Clamp
- Lube in case of vaginal examination, also not routine ever
- Hanging scales
- Sphygmomanometer to take blood pressures
- Giving set and tubing for Entonox
- Vomit/emesis bags (or as Deborah likes to call them – puke tubes!)
- Entonox tank
- Urinalysis sticks
- Infrared thermometer
- Emergency drugs to control excessive bloodloss (Syntometrine, Syntocinon, Ergometrine) and vitamin K if desired by parents
- Tongue depressor, for use during insertion of Guedel airway during baby resuscitation if necessary
- Bag and Mask for baby resuscitation
- Sterile scissors to cord eventually once fully white or placenta birthed, unless Lotusing
- Sharps bin
Addendum, not in photo!
- Phone! This is useful when you need to look up things, if ever in doubt, and to summon help.
- Torch. To huddle and write notes when in a dark room, check heads emerging in darkness if there are concerns, check perineums.
Thanks for sharing, Deborah! I had no idea my lovely homebirth midwife most likely had all this stuff nearby when I gave birth to my second!
If you’re interested to find out more about Deborah and her work, you can follow the link to her original Facebook post here.
You can also find support at the Big Birthas Facebook Group here.