An amazing birth experience begins with preparation, and it's never too early to begin preparing for your home birth. After all, anyone interested in giving birth at home is almost certainly seeking a positive birth experience, something that is easiest to obtain when plenty of preparation comes into play.
So how do you go about getting things ready for a home birth? I recommend checking the following things off your to-do list before the big day!
Take Care of Yourself
This step applies no matter how you plan to give birth. After all, you want to keep baby healthy, and the very best way to do this is to take care of yourself. That said, this step becomes even more important when you're planning a natural birth, something that all home birth mamas are seeking.
You see, birth is a very physical experience, and being in good shape is important for ensuring you have the strength and stamina to help your birth go as smoothly as possible.
Choose Your Birth Team Wisely
Obviously, you’re going to need to find a homebirth midwife to attend your birth. However, choosing the first homebirth midwife you come across is rarely the best way to hire. Instead, interview several options and go with the one you feel most comfortable with. Trust your instincts on this one!
The same goes for your birth doula. Your doula will be with you throughout your labor and will actually spend more time with you than your midwife, so be sure to choose one you click with.
Take a Quality Class
All too often, women go into labor expecting to experience what we are shown in movies and TV shows. The reality however is that labor and delivery rarely match what media shows us. In fact, the process is much more complex than you might imagine, and knowledge is power when it comes to working through labor.
For this reason, a quality birthing class is a crucial step in the preparation process. There are a good number of in-depth class options out there, and by taking two or three different sessions you can make sure you know all the important things before delivery day arrives.
Get Your Home Ready
Of course, if you're going to be delivering at home, you will want to prepare the space to an extent. No, this doesn't mean you need to deep clean from top to bottom—though your nesting urges may tell you otherwise.
What it does mean is making room for the birth tub (if necessary), keeping clean sheets and towels on hand, keeping the pantry well stocked, and keeping your birth kit readily available.
Prepare for Postpartum
Giving birth in the comfort of your home is a wonderful thing. However, it does mean hospital staff won't be standing by to help for the couple of days after you give birth. While this is a bonus in some ways, it could also be considered a negative when you find yourself needing to cook right after the birth or when you just need someone to hold baby so you can take a post-birth shower.
Obviously your partner will be able to help with some of this, but they are likely to be pretty exhausted as well. Therefore, you will want to line up some postpartum help to come in. Some people choose to bring in a close relative, but many others prefer the professional help of a postpartum doula. Additionally, you will likely want to prepare and freeze a few meals to reheat and eat in the weeks after the birth.
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