One of the greatest resources available to midwives is the opportunity for them to create specialized birth kits that include everything an expectant mother will need when the big day arrives. Since each midwife is unique, so is her birth kit, and choosing where to purchase your birth kit takes a little extra thought to make sure it arrives as you want it, when you want it.
When midwives design their birth kits, they develop a list of items they want included. From there, each company that carries their birth kit has the freedom to choose the brand and quality of each listed item. Choosing the cheapest birth kit isn't always the best route if you want quality items.
For instance, you definitely want your birth kit to have a high quality underpad. Low quality underpads have poor absorbancy and leave you with the risk of leakage if there is a lot of liquid during the birth. Be sure to identify these features before you choose a kit, and if the details aren't listed don't be afraid to ask.
2. Shipping Time
When you're pregnant it can seem like the to-do list is never ending and sometimes ordering your birth kit seems to slip through the cracks! Be sure to identify how long a company takes to ship your order and when it will be shipped by.
If you are ordering your birth kit close to your due date, it is important to make sure you know the estimated date of delivery, since a lot of companies do not accept birth kit returns for sanitary reasons. If you are really nervous, expedited shipping is an option but it will cost more. Better yet, choose a company that offers prompt shipping. Birth Kits don't take long to assemble and at Cascade we have them sent out within 24 hours of you ordering them.
We recommend that you order your kit approximately 6 weeks prior to your due date to ensure that no matter when your baby arrives, you are prepared and ready!
There is nothing worse than having your due date approaching only to find your birth kit has been assembled incorrectly! Dealing with the hassle of having the problem corrected or even paying extra to just purchase an item that was forgotten, is an unnecessary waste of time and energy.
If you are choosing a birth kit from a company you haven't purchased from before, ask your midwife, doula or another mother what their experiences as a customer were like with the company. Also, don't be afraid to call the company and ask how they check their orders before shipping them.
At Cascade, we have a thorough 3 step process: one person assembles your order; another does an accuracy check for correct numbers, colors and products (with a checklist!); and finally once everything is boxed, we have someone check that the order corresponds with the address and order number. When you've been assembling birth kits for over 30 years, finding an efficient checking process is inevitable!
4. Be an Efficient Shopper
Most companies that carry birth kits will also carry a variety of items you will need once your baby arrives. From breastfeeding products like nursing pads and natural creams for soothing and protecting nipples, to newborn basic blankets and clothing, take a moment to think ahead for items you will need after birth.
Why? Two good reasons:
- Depending on what you're buying, you're probably going to save money on shipping. Most postal options in the US are based on the size of the box being shipped, not the weight. So the more you can fit into the box, the better!
- Time. When you have a new baby, looking through products, reading ingredients, doing price comparisons, all feel like luxuries. Even if you get prepared with the basics for breastfeeding or perineal care (i.e. the cold pads that help reduce perineal swelling after birth), that will save you precious time better spent with your baby than in a store or online.
5. Talk to a Person, Not an Automated System
One of the most precious aspects of choosing a midwife and the option to give birth at home or at a birth center, is the personal, intimate touch every step of the way. The right company will offer you the same personal care. Being a part of the midwifery community means more than selling a product, it is a unique opportunity to be a part of a support system that values the importance of individuals and not just sales.
So choose a company that connects you to a knowledgeable person who can answer your questions and guide you if you need assistance. Because the more you know, the better prepared you will be!
At Cascade HealthCare it is our guarantee that the birth kit you purchase is comprised of quality items that are packaged with careful attention and shipped within 24 hours of being ordered. Our goal is to be a helping hand and invaluable resource whenever you have questions, so don't hesitate to call or email us! You can find our email and telephone number in our Contact Us section by clicking here.
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Written By: Samantha Darling for Cascade HealthCare Products