Homebirth

When I was researching in preparation for my homebirth. I struggled to find information and ‘tips’ for what I would need. 
Here is the collection of information and ‘tips’ that I found useful. Which not only made it easier for myself, so I could stay present, relaxed and do what I needed to do. It made it easier for those there helping me know what and where everything was, without the need to ask me and take me out of my ‘birthing zone’.
I am sharing this with you, in hope that it will help you in your birthing journey.
This is the table I created for those around me, so they knew what was needed and when. Everything was set up or in individual baskets.
Helpful Tips:
BED SANDWICH: Layering sheets and protective sheets. Keeps your mattress protected and the layers make clean up a lot easier. I used drop sheets from Bunnings and asked around for anyone with old sheets. Though if you have dark fitted  sheets they would work fine, and any fluid or blood will wash out. Now that I am more conscious of our environmental impact. I would recommend using waterproof reusable mats or picnic rugs. That way you can still protect the mattress while not using one-use plastics.
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PROTECTING THE FLOOR: We used large foam puzzle piece mats, which you can buy these from Bunnings or Kmart now has them. Or look online for secondhand ones or ask around your friends and family. 
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TOWELS: Have plenty of OLD towels available. Again ask family and friends for anyone getting rid of them or about to clear out their linen cupboards. Great for putting on the floor, especially if you plan on having a water birth.
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BASKETS: Organising early on will save any confusion or running around when you go into labour. Having baskets/tubs prepared with everything you need will make it easier for you and everyone supporting you. 
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BIRTH ALTER: Don't underestimate the power of a Birth Alter. This is something I recommend creating well before your due month. Create this space to be your 'zen' area. Candles, photos, affirmations, crystals, flowers. Anything that you feel connected to that brings you peace. Spending time here leading up to your labour, means when you are feeling 'I can't do this', you can take yourself back to all the moments you told yourself  'I CAN DO THIS!'
My Birth Alter: Beeswax Candles, Crystals, Essential Oils/Diffuser, A photo frame of the very first photo of my son after giving birth. Also have Himalayan Salt Lamps and Selenite Lamp to create ambient lighting.
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MUSIC- We used Pandora which now is no longer available. I have since recreated my playlist and added more calming songs to a Spotify ‘Calm Birth’ Playlist. 
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Your can read more about my Home birth experience (in comparison to my Hospital Birth) HERE
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