If you are -- or someone you know is -- planning a home birth, midwife/blogger Antonette Vasseur, who is preparing for the birth of her own baby, provides some tips and a list of items to have on hand to help ease the psychic and physical ups and downs of the birth process. From MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine.
Knock Down Birthing Stools: Handmade in maple in 10" or 12" height, accompanied with a carrying bag. This stool is also available with two sets of legs: One putting the seat at 10" for a deep squat in the 2nd stage of labor and the other set for putting the stool at 12" for those taller clients needing a higher seat. The birthing stool is part of a midwifery tool kit from an artist in Ontario. This site also has fetoscopes and other beautifully crafted midwifery tools.