Birth Tips


6 Easy Tips


For Creating Your Ideal Home Birth Atmosphere

Welcoming your baby into the world in the comfort of your own home can be a magical experience. With a little planning and creativity, you can transform your space into a serene and joyful environment for your home birth. And it doesn't have to cost you much but just some time. Here are 6 tips to make your birth experience just right.

1 Set the Scene with Lighting

Create a warm and inviting atmosphere with soft, dim lighting. Consider stringing fairy lights around the room or using flameless candles for a gentle glow. Dimming the lights can help create a calming ambiance and promote relaxation during labor.

2 Create a Playlist

Music can be a powerful tool for setting the mood and easing tension during childbirth. Compile a playlist of your favorite songs or soothing melodies to play in the background. Consider music with a slow tempo and positive lyrics to uplift your spirits and keep you grounded throughout the process.

After my son was born, we marked the occasion by putting his footprints on the album that was playing at the time. Whenever I hear those songs now, I'm instantly taken back to that incredible day. It's a simple reminder of the joy and love that filled the room. Music has a way of preserving our most special memories, like a snapshot of that unforgettable moment in time.

Photos by the wonderful Abigail Reeder

3 Surround Yourself with Nature

I’m giving you permission to go buy more plants. Yes! Bringing nature indoors can help create a tranquil environment for your home birth. Place potted plants or fresh flowers around the room to add a touch of greenery and natural beauty. Connecting with nature can help promote feelings of peace and serenity during labor and delivery.

4 Harness the Power of Affirmations

Positive affirmations can be a valuable tool for maintaining a positive mindset during childbirth. Create affirmations that resonate with you. Ask your kids, partner, family, and best friends to make them too. Display them around your birthing space that way whenever you walk in this room before labor you are reminded of all the ways you are capable, strong, and loved. You can have your birth team repeat these affirmations to you during labor to help stay focused, calm, and empowered.

5 Incorporate Aromatherapy

Scents can have a profound effect on mood and relaxation. Consider using essential oils or aromatherapy diffusers to fill the air with calming fragrances such as lavender, chamomile, or citrus (wild orange was my favorite). Experiment with different scents to find what works best for you and helps create a soothing environment.

6 Personalize Your Space

Infuse your birthing space with personal touches that bring you joy and comfort. Hang photos or artwork that inspire you, display meaningful mementos, or incorporate sentimental objects into your decor. Surrounding yourself with familiar and cherished items can help create a sense of calm and familiarity during labor. For example, I had a candle that I was gifted by 6 close mom friends of mine. They each tied a string around the candle signifying their love and support. When I went into labor I was supposed to burn the candle and feel their love. That candle sat on my mantle ready for my labor.

With a little creativity and planning, you can transform your home into the perfect setting for a peaceful and empowering birth experience. Embrace the opportunity to make your home birth uniquely yours, and cherish the memories of bringing your baby into the world surrounded by love and positivity.