Mary Cronk is a midwife who has many years of experience attending home births in the UK, first in the NHS and then as an independent practitioner. Mary's website is www.marycronkmidwiferyservices.co.uk
I do not deliver a pack. I bring everything I need with me because I do not know when I will be called, and if all my stuff is at Freda's who is well and truly overdue, and then Gladys goes into labour at 38 weeks I have a difficulty. I have no idea what a midwife would want to leave a pack for, and what on earth would be in it. I have never done so in over thirty years except for the free packs we used to have with lots of Sanitary towels, cotton wool swabs and a "delivery sheet"
Most of this lot I rarely use; my episiotomy scissors have been used twice in ten years. The warm pad is often used.
I ask Women to have:
Some people suggest that a shower curtain is useful. Not all shower curtains are actually waterPROOF. Some plastic ones are of course, but many are designed not to let a shower of water hitting them vertically through but will leak fluids through if on the floor.
Practically all the births I attend are at home and I have found a good waterproof (and comfortable)protection for the floor, sofa, bed or wherever we end up, is a couple of metres of that waterproof table cloth that can be bought by the metre at good hardware or kitchen shops. It has a cloth backing and used cloth side up it is comfortable to walk on, and an inco pad stays put on top of it, and the midwife does not slide around all over the place.
Any blood, liquor, gunge, poo, meconium, that escapes the inco pads is easily sluiced off and it can go in the washing machine on a warm or cool wash.
If you select a pattern you like, it can become a new waterproof table cover to protect against the juice, marmite, beans, milk, crumbs, sodden biscuit, cereal, etc that will decorate your table in the near future. It can also go under the table or chair that you little darling may use.
Many thanks to Mary Cronk for these suggestions.
Mary attends births at home and in hospital in the Hampshire/Surrey areas. She has particular experience with breech and twin births. For more information, see Mary's website (www.marycronkmidwiferyservices.co.uk)
This page updated 14 January 2002