Last time, we ended up going with the Aquadoula birth tub, which is often recommended for first timers because it has a heating mechanism and will stay warmer for longer periods of time. We opted to rent the Birth Pool in a Box this time around, though, because I really wanted to have the cushy walls/floor/seat. We can always dump hot water into it to warm it up if things take awhile again this time.
So, my midwife brought the tub with her to my home visit a couple of weeks ago. We decided to do a dry trial setup that weekend to make sure we knew exactly how it worked and how long it would take to setup. Lucy sure did get a kick out of there being a swimming pool in the middle of the dining room :)
We were charge of ordering a pre-made birth kit online through a company that Kathy uses. She has specifically chosen the supplies that go in the kit and this company puts them together and sends them out once ordered. It contains everything from those sexy giant pads and mesh underwear to cord clamps, sterile gloves, an herbal after bath, peri bottles, a birth certificate, and much more. I'm still annoyed at the fact that the first one we ordered got stolen off of our front porch while we were on vacation (I'm sure they were disappointed once they opened it), but oh well. We ordered another kit and I grabbed that sucker off of the porch as soon as it came and checked that one off of the list.
Other items that we needed to gather and purchase on our own included a new hose (to fill up the birth tub), shower curtain liners (to go under the tub), towels and wash cloths, swaddle blankets, a small fish net, paper towels, a crock pot (to warm swaddle blankets), a heating pad, trash bags, a bowl for the placenta, a flashlight, foods that I will eat during labor (protein + complex carbohydrates), and foods for birth attendants. (*everything not pictured*)
That pretty much covers it. Ready to go!