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  • Writer's picture Rebecca Burkett, LM, CPM

The Midwifery Supplies Chronicles: A Peak Inside the Bags of Allomother Midwifery (Part III)

*Part III – Quick/Urgent Birth Bag*


1 – This series is a bit like Star Wars, meaning that I’m first releasing the middle parts of the series, because these tend to be the ones people ask about most often. Don’t worry though, you’ll get to see the beginning eventually! 😉

2 – As a home birth Midwife, a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), and a Licensed Midwife (LM) in Michigan, who accepts low risk people with a normal and healthy history and pregnancy, I generally only need to access a small percentage of these equipment/supplies to help facilitate a normal physiological pregnancy/birth/postpartum. More often than not, my presence in care only requires routine health monitoring, physical comfort measures/suggestions, reassurance and basic counseling, gentle non-invasive support, and documenting the whole experience; the pregnant-birthing person and babe do most of the work! However, when you hire me as your Midwife, rest assured that I come with the bells and whistles needed to help you and/or your babe in a more difficult situation. I have the education, training, skills, experience, and equipment to manage the most common and sometimes not so common complications of pregnancy/birth/postpartum. That’s where the peak inside my bags comes in!

*DO NOT HESITATE to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have after viewing anything in this series*

The following supplies/equipment pictured from left to right & top to bottom, includes:

1. Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) Station: (a.) Warming platform with heating pad, cutting board, shoulder roll, and soft cover – to keep baby warm and in a good position for resuscitation, (b.) Neonatal bag & mask – for helping baby breath, (c.) NRP flow chart for reference if needed, (d.) Delee Suction Device – for removing deep mucus and birth fluids if needed, (e.) Bulb Syringe – for removing fluids/mucus in mouth and nose

2. Blood Pressure (BP) cuff and hand sphygmomanometer

3. Stethoscope - for checking BP and listening to heart and lungs of both birthing person and baby

4. Handheld doppler and Aloe gel – for listening to baby’s heart tones during labor

5. Flashlight – to see all the things when there is darker lighting

6. Amnicot – to manually release bag of waters, only if necessary

7. Pitocin vials & needles/syringes – to administer if there is excessive bleeding that is unable to be controlled by less invasive measures

8. Hand sanitizer and gloves (nitrile, non-latex) – if baby is coming fast and there isn’t time to wash hands before putting on gloves and *catching* baby

9. Small tub/container – to hold some of the urgent supplies (pictured in container is gauze and sterile saline in the case of umbilical cord prolapse)

10. Sterile umbilical cord care it – 3 clamping instruments and 1 pair of scissors

11. Packs of sterile gauze

12. Medications pack/container – extra Pitocin, Vitamin K (for babe if requested), Cytotec, Lidocaine, needles/syringes

13. Backpack/Bag to carry all these supplies/equipment – easy to quick grab and run into the home with!


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