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Useful Information

Don’t go crazy buying stuff just yet (unless you already have!) You will not need as much as you think, or in the sizes you think you will need.

Here are some ideas:

Buy a range of sizes when nappies are on special. Baby will not fit newborn nappies for ever. Work on having about a four weeks supply of newborn size = 300 nappies. You can always buy more.

You don’t need to buy a breast pump at this stage. They can be hired from the hospitals if required. Learning how to manually express is a great skill to have. We will discuss this more on night 4 of antenatal classes.

Cot sized linen can be used in a bassinet and costs way less. Cots come in different sizes, so buying the larger cot sized linen will give you flexibility later. You can even just go straight to single bed sized linen too.

As hard as it may to stop yourself buying every cute wee thing you can find, think “Less is More”!

The basics you need are:

  • A bed
  • Clothes
  • Nappies
  • A pram or buggy
    A car seat
  • Clothes for baby – woolly singlet, woolly cardie, woolly hat
  • Nappies if you are not using disposables
  • Car seat
  • A woollen blanket for baby
  • Clothes for you – your maternity clothes will still be the best fit. It can be quite warm, so think ‘summer’ stuff, e.g. t-shirts, summer nightie and dressing gowns, jandals etc
  • Toiletries
  • Maternity sanitary pads and grandma knickers!
  • Camera and spare batteries or charger
  • Phone and charger
  • Drink bottle
  • Money – change for vending machines
  • A roll of the softest loo paper you can find…
  • Any labour and birthing items you want to use, e.g. music, your own pillow

I do not promote any one product when it comes to teaching antenatal information, but I do suggest checking these websites out for the information they contain:

www.greatfathers.org.nzExcellent information for new dads
www.brainwave.org.nzBonding and development in the first 3 years 
http://www.sportnz.org.nz/managing-sport/guides/active-movement-videosPhysical activities from birth to 5 years old in the Active Movement clips
changeforourchildren.co.nzSafe sleeping and child wellness
envirocomp.co.nzNappy composting information
kellymom.comBreastfeeding advice and topics provided by a Lactation Consultant
spinningbabies.comRelationship between baby’s position in the womb and your labour and birth

It can be difficult to know what to ask your potential midwife (LMC) when you first find you are pregnant.

Here are some things for you and your partner/family to ponder at the start:

  • What are your own ideas on pregnancy, labour and birth and caring for your baby afterwards?
  • Do you want as drug-free a birth as possible, or lots of drugs?
  • Where would you like to give birth?

Don’t worry if you only have a vague idea of how you would like to proceed, as there will be plenty of time to learn or fine-tune your thoughts.  However, here are some key questions to ask that will give you more options, or help you figure out if you are choosing the right midwife for you:

  • What is your philosophy and how do you prefer to practice your profession? e.g. homebirth midwives may not take on a woman who intends on giving birth in hospital.
  • Will I only be dealing with you and your back up, or will there be many involved in my care?
  • When/how will you be taking breaks or holidays?
  • Can I contact you anytime?
  • Do you practice using Informed Consent processes?
  • Can I give birth anywhere I like, or do you have restrictions on where you would go with me?
  • Can I use a birthing pool during labour and/or for birth?
  • Over the last year, what percentage of the time have the women in your care been given …………..? (An episiotomy, or pethidine, or an epidural for example – these rates can be skewed by a woman requesting these things, but your LMC’s philosophy above will put it in perspective.  Some LMC’s rarely use drugs/interventions, while others use them as a matter of course.)