When I told my family that our youngest son would be born at home, they thought we were nuts. That is, until they saw how we transformed our one bedroom apartment into a birthing center, and assembled a kick ass birth team to support us along the way. Along with some delicious food and a rocking playlist, the result was an awesome party to welcome our little boy into the world. If you are planning to give birth at home, there are some things you can do to prepare for your home birth and create a beautiful experience for your family.
One of the things that makes home births so special is that you and your partner can create the experience you want. Whether you're mellowing out to smooth jazz and candles or rocking out to head banging heavy metal is entirely up to you. Every birth experience is different, and you won't be able to anticipate everything, but you can do your best to get yourself and your home ready for the main event.
Nine months may seem like a long time from now, but believe it or not, it will go by quickly. Choosing a midwife, purchasing your birth supplies, and having a backup plan in place ahead of time can help you feel more confident and secure as you wait for the arrival of your baby. It can also help put your friends and family members who may be worried about you at ease. As your due date approaches, make sure you're checking off as many items on your home birth to-do list as possible. That way, when the big day arrives, you can focus on yourself and your baby.