What Equipment do Midwives Bring to a Homebirth?

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The contents of each midwife’s birth bag may be different, but most licensed midwives carry similar basic equipment to all births:

  • Equipment to monitor the birthing person and baby—stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, hand-held doppler and/or fetoscope
  • Sterile instruments needed at the time of birth
  • Sterile instruments and topical anesthetics in case suturing is required
  • Homeopathic remedies and herbal tinctures
  • Medications that can be used in case of excessive bleeding
  • Oxygen tank and resuscitation bag/masks for the birthing person and newborn
  • Suction device for removing mucus and other material from the baby’s nose and mouth
  • IV catheters, administration sets, and IV fluids
  • Hanging scale and sling for weighing the baby
  • Vitamin K and erythromycin eye ointment (only given at parents’ request)
  • Various and sundry other medical equipment and supplies such as gauze, syringes, needles, flashlights, etc.