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22 Supplies You Need Before, During and After a Home Birth

Having a home birth was one of the most zen experiences of my life, but it required a fair amount of research, forethought and preparation. Think about all the little things a hospital keeps in stock for new moms: heat/cold packs, gauze, bed sheets, disposable underwear, disinfecting wipes, pads, diapers… the list is endless. Unfortunately, you’ll pay a pretty penny for any items you use in a hospital, and that’s one of the coolest things about home birth: you won’t be overcharged for supplies, since you buy them yourself! I did hours and hours of research in preparation for my home birth, and I found that I had everything I needed and wanted. This post does contain affiliate links, but there’s nothing I’ve listed here that I didn’t actually have on hand and use for my home birth. I’ve sifted through my order history and decided these were the products I’d buy again.

 

Before the Birth

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DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Remedy For Allergies (And So Much More!)

Today, I’m interested in discussing Apple Cider Vinegar. I’ve used ACV a little before (in the No ‘Poo method of hair washing), but recently I saw my doctor about my seasonal allergies, and she recommended I try taking 1 tsp ACV twice a day to ward off the sniffles, sneezes and congestion that plague me every spring and fall. I’d never heard of doing such a thing, but I thought I’d try it. I stopped my Claritin and gulped town my tsp that evening.

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The God Who Grieves: Blessed are Those Who Mourn

Blessed.

Some dear friends from my church are going through quite the storm right now, as their little one arrived a month early and with life-threatening medical conditions. Lennon Joel Myers is critical, but stable. His name and precious little face have been on my heart for months. They knew fairly early in the pregnancy that he would be fighting for his life, and they knew it well, as they’ve previously lost a child to this same condition: renal agenesis (his kidneys failed to develop). He also has a hole in each lung, and both are collapsed. I see pictures on Facebook of this beautiful child, loved beyond words by so many.

Every time they come to mind, so selfishly I ask God to spare my family such difficulty. I feel shamefully blessed as I look at my perfectly healthy children and think, Thank God that’s not us. I hate to admit that, but there it is. Continue reading