How to prepare for a homebirth in a Post Collapse situation

This post has been removed because, the author did not read the rules or forgot (posts can not be published anywhere else) and decided it to submit the article to both my blog and JWR has the same policy, but it seems that people do it anyway.

I’ve contacted JWR about this problem several times suggesting that he also remove the articles because they do no play by the rules, but so far, to the best of my knowledge, he has left all the double submitted / posted articles up on his site while I remove them.

Sorry, I hated to remove the post but the rules are the rules…

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  1. It’s my understanding that cleanliness of the birthing room/bed and of the hands of anyone assisting with delivery is crucial to prevent that old pre-antibiotic killer childbirth fever. It’s a good idea to have a bottle of bleach on hand to disinfect all hard surfaces in the birth room and to keep a basin of hot water, a bar of soap and disposable gloves just outside the birth room for midwives to use to disinfect their hands before touching mother or baby.

  2. Beautifully done! It is so very important to have calm mothers and good information. So often pregnancy is treated as a medical condition rather than a naturally occuring process. So much unnesessary fear.

    I love the attention to detail. The great list of books.
    I will be printing this out and it will reside in my medical notebook.
    Thank you.

  3. Excellent article for any time. Thanks for the information – I have shared it with one daughter who has several pregnant friends.

  4. Awesome article. I would like to add that it is very important that moms eat and drink during labor. There is a tremendous amount of calories used during labor and many first time births take 48 hours. Without sufficient calories women will get exhausted and it can negatively impact the outcome. I feel that it is important to point this out because our society frowns upon eating and drinking, but this is solely for the benefit of the doctor and the caesarean section they are planning on performing.

    • Raylene, another poster and I talked about this last year. She mentioned that she was eating chili dogs or something, and for me, I couldnt touch food while in labor whithout getting sick. We argreed that you should follow the moms prompts on this one. If she is hungry let her eat, if not dont push it, but keep her hydrated.

  5. This is good info to know regardless of shtf or not. I had my babies in the hospital but I delivered 2 of them myself. The first one the doctor was right down the hall and came running into the room with baby already here, the second time I got to the hospital and 9 minutes later there was baby. The nurses were panicking and running around the room like chickens with their heads cut off. Finally after I delivered, one of the nurses asked if she could deliver the baby. I laughed at her and said sure cut the cord.
    Babies come when they want and you are not always conveniently at a hospital.

  6. Very nice article. I read it on the other site you posted on a month or so ago.

  7. this is why I always have lotsa condoms!!!!

  8. Encourager says:

    Great article, thanks Cathi! Already printed out and in my medical binder.

    I had lunch with a friend last week, that I haven’t seen in over a year. During our chat she asked if I knew she had a new grandbaby. I said, yes, I saw your post on Facebook.

    She gave me a little smile and then told me she had delivered her grandbaby parked on the side of the road… She got a call from her DIL that her water had broke and she felt funny. So since they live within 5 minutes of each other, Grandma popped in the car to go over. When she got there, labor had started – DIL had three contractions and then said “We gotta get to the hospital NOW!” So into the car they went; a few more contractions and it was “Pull over! I have to push!!” They pulled over, my friend ran around to the passenger side, opened the door and caught her grandbaby.

    You are right, babies have their own timetable so watch out!! LOL

    • Encourager, wow! I guess I at least made it to the hospital. Lol. Birth stories are always fun.

      • Yes they are! When my DD was pregnant the first time, I told her that she is going to hear tons of stories about other women’s experiences with birth and NONE of them were going to be like hers. Then she wanted to hear about mine with her and her brother. (brother was one of those 48 hr forceps and all, then she was water broke at 2 am, and pushed 4 or 5 times easypeasy!). Her first was the easy one and the second (11 lbs!) the difficult birth. I think that is one of the things that pregnant women should be told early on so they hopefully will stress less about labor. And stress will make things worse for mom and baby!

  9. Pineslayer says:

    Thank you for the post. It will printed and saved for my library. It is so true that this is a natural process, my wife made it look easy and still does. Women rock.

  10. Babycatcher says:

    Thank you for the encouragement folks! MD, at the time I sent this out I had forgotten I had sent it to another site. So if this disqualifies me, it’s ok…I just wanted to get the word out and create confidence in your readers. After I wrote it, I realized there was other stuff I was taking for granted that the reader would know, such as universal precautions and biohazard cleanup…;) fwiw, the doula client I had recently didn’t want her placenta, so the hospital said I could have it, so I brought it home and planted it in the garden! So that’s another idea for another article!

    • Babycatcher,

      If you decide to write another article please only send it to one site, it’s a pain and a bad reflection on The Survivalist when I have to remove a post after posting it.

      • Babycatcher says:

        Ok. Thanks. I enjoy reading your blog, and will keep better track of where I send what and when.:)

  11. Dang, I should have saved it. Not that I really plan on making my gf pregnant after the apocalypse, but still, a bit of extra preparedness never hurts a prepper.

    Since I saw the birth of our daughter (and helped the doctors/nurses with all my capacities), I guess I can be considered prepared when it comes to knowledge and experience. Should have made a new grocery list of all that was in the article, though.

  12. John Defenderfer says:

    Is it possible to buy a copy of “It’s the End of the World As Know It” – with a check? We hate credit cards! John

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