23 y/o;First time mommy [05/06/17]
90% of the way there
Baby bath: Hospital or home (not required before you leave)
Baby meds: Ok with vitamin K (prevents bleeding in new babies who have immature livers and can't vitamin K-dependent clotting factors fast enough without it), antibiotic eye ointment (to prevent badness from gonorrhea), Hep B vaccine (please just vaccinate your babies - oh wait, a totally *different* controversial topic we can wait for)
In case of c-section: Who do you want with you in the OR?
Placenta: Keep? Toss? (just so your nurse/provider doesn't toss it prematurely - they clean things up as fast as possible after all the stitching is taken care of)
Some other things to think about:
 If you want an unmedicated birth -- Consider asking nurse not to offer pain medication or epidural, and not ask you to rate your pain (you will definitely let them know if you change your mind, but having someone ask you all. the. time. whether you are in pain can get into your head)
 IM (in your thigh muscle) pitocin - reduces your risk of postpartum hemorrhage (heavy blood loss) by 40% (this is a big deal - the WHO [World Health Organization] has recommended this as one of the biggest lifesavers of women after birth -- even homebirth midwives carry this)
 Cord pulsing (standard in many hospitals) - leaving your baby's cord to pulse for at least 60 seconds will reduce the risk that your baby has anemia in the first year of life
 Delay routine baby cares (standard in many hospitals) until after the first hour to facilitate bonding / first feed
 Ask that your baby be given nothing but your breast - no pacifiers or bottles (unless you decide to do so)
 Ask that your baby not be taken out of your presence - no nursery stays (unless you are having too much trouble resting - then please, by all means, get 2-3 hours of sleep)
@hp_momma IM Pit is nearly universal and standard of care in both hospitals I'm at. Some people refuse it and would rather rely on oxytocin during the first breastfeed --- which is an option if you are not separated from baby immediately postpartum. I'm a pretty firm believer in whatever the WHO (World Health Organization) thinks is essential for safebirth, because they're thinking of both low- and high-resource settings and wouldn't recommend something in those lower-resource areas if it wasn't backed up by solid evidence. Most moms don't remember the shot and most providers don't really offer an alternative - it's just a given.
@SKZW congrats on new bed rest regimen!@BabyMC517 lol I only know 'Bad boys 2' from 'Hot fuzz' and I quote the line from there now too! Lol
@SKZW "You DO do what i do!" lol ("You're making us all look bad!")(So further to my first post: i did manage to go back to sleep. At like 5:30. To wake up at 6:15. After waking at 1:30. I need a nap!)
nda_roxybabe said:@vrj0522 I logged in this evening to make you all tell me what BH are like again, because I thought I had some earlier today and again just a bit ago. I'm not sure, I felt a lot of pressure in my pelvic area and then my stomach feels stretched tight and uncomfortable, like I am straining it.
@bacorrea that was me! I am home! Got sent home with procardia to take as needed and had an u/s today and all looks good! Dd did good too! I did update but it was a wild day for a lot of folks so it probably got buried