Preparing your home birth is a magical, exciting and rewarding experience. In this article, you will find everything you need to prepare your home for this experience.
To prepare for your home birth consider first of all, getting your place ready for the arrival of your baby. Begin by cleaning and decluttering your place to prepare your space.
If it doesn’t have a place or purpose then remove it. Get over it, and get it gone.
Start at the highest surfaces and move horizontally making your way down.
Your midwives and doula will spend most of the time in your home on the floor. Most mothers labor in such a way that is more conducive to sit on the floor to assist you. Be kind to them, wipe and mop your floors.
At some point during labor, you will be sitting on the toilet with your midwives and doula in the bathroom. Laboring on the toilet is a good way to help the baby get in the right position and help the laboring mother change her cervix. You want a midwife that is focused on you and not thinking about the lack of cleanliness of your bathroom.
Your midwife and doula will be in your kitchen fixing you up some tasty treats to nibble throughout labor. Get it all clean and tidy for them.
Keep the mystery alive but putting away personal items that you don’t care for everyone to see.
You will likely not birth your baby on your bed, but you will want to get into your bed after the action is over. Its good to plan ahead and be ready to enjoy the comfort of your bed after you’re all cleaned up and ready to cuddle with your family. Here are the layers to place on your bed:
This really works, so stick with the order. When you are ready to cuddle up, your team will peel off the top layer of grubby sheets and shower curtain so you can enjoy a comfortable clean bed!
Every midwife and douala will have her own list of what to put into the birth kit. A birth kit is a group of items that your midwife/doula deems necessary for home birth. You can assemble a birth kit by gathering the supplies from a pharmacy or ordering the items online. Otherwise, there are retail suppliers that will sell the kits online. This is probably the standard home birth kit, but best to check with your midwife. See what you get in the basic home birth kit before you purchase other items listed here. Make sure you have all your supplies one month prior to the estimated due date.
|12||Mesh panties, comfortable underwear or adult diapers|
|12||Maternity maxi pads (consider wetting 6 of them and placing them flat in the freezer for handy cold packs afterwards)|
|1||Peri bottle (about 500 ml) For your perineum afterward to squirt water while peeing|
|1||Bottle Ibuprofen (200 mg tablets)|
|1||Dimenhydrinate (useful in early labor)|
|1||Bottle acetaminophen (325 mg tablets)|
|4||Bendy straws – consider using one that is not plastic, like a metal straw or a water bottle that has a spout on it.|
|1||Epsom salts for sitz bath postpartum|
|1||Bottle of liquid calcium-magnesium (for early labor cramps)|
|1||Herbal perineal wash (for healing)|
|1||Soothing perineal mist that helps ease discomfort of postpartum vaginal soreness and swelling, episiotomies and hemorrhoids. Made with pure ingredients, including astringent witch hazel, antibacterial lavender, and cooling peppermint pure essential oils.|
|1||Homeopathic Arnica 30C (for swelling & bruising)|
|1||Gel cold packs/hot packs/microwaveable rice filled packs/hot water bottle|
|1||Box of newborn disposable diapers|
|1||Plastic sheet or shower curtain to cover furniture|
|2||Fitted sheets (put the plastic sheet between) for your bed|
|6||Large towels or more|
|8||Receiving blankets–please set these linens aside with your birth kit|
|1||Bucket in case you need to take out some water from pool, place sump pump in after to clean|
|2||Large black garbage bags|
|1||White bag for dirty laundry|
|1||Large Ziploc bag (For the placenta)|
|1||Hydrogen peroxide (500 ml bottle) to remove blood stains|
|12||Gauze pads 4×4|
|24||Blue under pads (chux pads)|
|1||Flashlight with batteries|
This is something that most families ponder when expecting a new baby. There are pros and cons, and right decision depends on your circumstances and family values. Siblings at birth do best when they:
If a sibling is distressed it can be very difficult on the birthing mother. When this happens, the usual result is that dad takes the sibling to another part of the house and the midwives and doula remain with the mother. Having a care provider dedicated to the sibling can ensure that you will get to share the birth experience with your partner.
Let your midwives and doulas know ahead of time that you have a pet. If your pet is aggressive towards guests, it’s best that they are away from the birthing mother and her attendants. If you find your pet annoying or smelly, keep it in another room or at a friend’s house while you birth. On the other hand, if you anticipate enjoyment from sharing the experience with your pet, there is a chance you are in for some special moments ahead, after all your pet was likely your first baby in the first place.
It is in your best interest to keep your midwives and doula fueled. Having something to keep your team going is always appreciated. Favorite choices are lots of vegetables and fruits, as well as other health options that have high nutrient value for each calorie ingested.
Absolutely! Your emotional well being is critical for a healthy home birth. Pregnancy is a great time to work through issues that might have come forward from your childhood or difficult experiences you have had in your life. Try writing a journal to address these issues. Another good resource is the book Parenting from the Inside Out, which has exercises at the end of each chapter to prepare you to be a aren’t.
If you transfer to the hospital, you will want the following on hand:
If you would like to have a home birth after having a cesarean, then make sure you read this article.