Advice on preparing for a home birth with information on the preparations you should make and the role of the midwife.
Preparing for a home birth:
- Talk to your midwife. Get to know her and her colleagues. If you can, talk to someone else who has had a home birth.
- Check that your GP will cover a home birth. If not, find a doctor who will. (Your midwife will help with this.)This does not necessarily mean your GP being present at the birth; it means being prepared to come if the midwife calls for him/her.
- Encourage your partner to join in with the preparations. Plan together to fill the freezer, clean the house, organise any other children etc.
- Try and arrange some extra help for a few days after the baby is born.
- Make sure the room where your baby will be born is warm.
- Try and be reasonably near the bathroom. This makes life much easier.
- Have access to a telephone.
- Have some sort of protection for carpets.
- Have a table for the midwife to put her equipment on.
- Have lots of nice warm towels for you and your baby.
- Get your beanbag out and your rocking chair and any other "special" extras you think you might want.
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