When my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our youngest child, we decided to have a home birth. And while we got plenty of questions and crazy looks from friends and family, we did everything we could to prepare ourselves and our home for our new arrival. We watched birth videos, read books, and interviewed practically every midwife in our neighborhood, but I still had a few reservations about birthing outside of the hospital. If you are feeling anxious about giving birth at home, you should know that there are things you do everyday that'll make your home birth easier.
I would be lying if I said I wasn't completely terrified when my water broke at home, but with the help of an amazing birth team, I was encouraged to face my fears and meet the pain head on. I had the freedom to move from my birth pool to my shower whenever I needed to change positions. And at the end of it all, my family was able to enjoy a delicious home-cooked breakfast with our newest member.
As your pregnancy progresses, regular exercise, watching videos of other home births, and talking to friends about your feelings can help you mentally and physically prepare for your baby's arrival. And when the big day comes, you and your birth team can create a calm, relaxed environment with the help of candlelight, your favorite music, and a few good snacks.
Giving birth is never easy, but by trying a few of the things on this list, you can make your home birth an experience to remember — for the right reasons.