One part of your birth that you may not have considered is the actual birthing environment. What do you envision the room being like when it is your baby's birth day? What is going on in the room in which you are laboring in can play a huge role in your birth. In class, we discuss the role of being able to relax physically, mentally, and emotionally and we practice how to do this. Remember.. FEAR leads to TENSION which leads to PAIN and the cycle continues all over. One way to ease the fears is to think about your birth environment and set it up so you can relax and feel safe. So what does that look like? Here are some ideas!
Smell- A calming birth space should have a pleasant smell. I tell my clients to be mindful of the food that you are bringing in to your space... maybe don't make a tuna fish sandwich or cook any other foods that may have made mom a little queasy during her pregnancy! You can utilize essential oils to help make the room smell great.
Temperature- Be sure the room isn't too hot or too cold. Packing a small handheld fan can be great for transition or whenever mom needs a little extra air. Having layers is a good option too if mom starts to get cold. A light robe or some soft fuzzy socks are both easy to pack.
Your birth team- Having a supportive birth team is CRITICAL! You need to be surrounded by people who are supporting you and believe in you. There is no place for negativity during your birth. Have a conversation with your support person beforehand and be sure they are aware of any negative energy during your labor and birth and have him or her remove that person immediately if needed.
Birth affirmations- These can be great to put around your laboring space. You can print these from the internet or create your own.
Lighting- You probably won't want to be under bright lights while you are in labor so see if your space offers dim lighting. You can also bring along LED candles, twinkle lights, or any other safe lighting options that are calming to you.
Music- Create a playlist or a few that go with different moods. You may be wanting fun dancing music in the beginning but also have a more calming playlist on hand for later.
These are just a few options you can utilize no matter where you plan to give birth. Was there something not on this list that you enjoyed having in your birth space? If so, tell me in the comments!