The mess is a universal question, but the truth is that there is rarely a big mess. Families are often surprised (and relieved) to find that the midwife and her assistants have left their homes as tidy as they were before the birth, and sometimes even tidier!
We bring a doppler for monitoring the fetal heartbeat during labor, equipment for monitoring maternal vitals, herbs, homeopathics, and various other supplies and equipment. We also carry oxygen and resuscitation equipment, emergency medications to stop bleeding, IV supplies, and suturing equipment with local anesthetic. I also offer to bring a waterbirth tub with pump and disposable liners.