Having a home birth can be a beautiful experience , natural lighting is beaming thru the windows , candles are burning ,music is playing , you are surrounded by loved ones and all your personal stuff . Nothing beats being in an atmosphere that makes you feel safe and cozy while giving birth to your baby. But not everyone feels comfortable giving birth at home and I never want to make a person feel bad for their choices. Instead I try and support them in any way I can to help them have the most beautiful birth experience possible where ever that may be .
Lets face it the typical hospital room can be a pretty sterile environment , but there are things you can do to totally change the whole vibe and energy of the room . It is important that you feel good in your birth space where ever that is . Think of places you have been to that you feel good; maybe it was a friends house, or a vacation spot or even a certain room in your own home . What was it about that place that made you feel good ? Now think of places you have been that you didn’t feel so good , you felt stressed , anxious not at peace . What was it about that place that had you feeling bad ? Its all about energy , certain places can affect your own energy . When I go in the birth room with a client the first thing I do is create a sacred space of peace and calm , this space holds the energy for everyone thats in the room .
Here is a few Things that I do to make the birth space more peaceful :
The first thing I do is turn off the lights and use the natural daylight . If its nighttime I light up the room with flameless candles ( you can buy at walmart , Bed bath and beyond ,target or amazon.com)
I use aromatherapy oils of clary sage (muscle relaxant , anti stress and helps ease pain) and lavender ( to calm and relax ) during the first part of labor . When labor becomes more active I switch to a mix of orange ( up lifts the spirit ) and yang / ylang ( for second chakra and to relieve anxiety ). Because hospitals won’t allow anything with flames, I bring an electrical aromatherapy diffuser and burn oils thru out the whole birthing process. You can find them online on amazon.com . I massage the head with sandlewood oil to calm the mind and massage the feet with oils of pine or cedar to help ground energy .
when preparing my clients for birth one of the things I have them do is to make a birthing playlist . Songs that have meaning or that they love for the baby to come into the world being born to . In the meantime I bring my own healing music and play during the first part of labor . A few artists I like to use are : Anything Liquid Mind, Deuter or Shajan ( for more artisits scroll back on my blog to my post about music for deep relaxing ) . You can create a whole vibe just by music alone . make sure you bring speakers for your iPod . .
Bring photos of loved ones both living or deceased , your baby’s ultra sound picture , your dog .. whoever or whatever inspires you or who’s energy you want to be there with you.
If you have time to stop , grab some flowers , there are always gift shops in hospitals that sell flowers . Or when someone comes to visit have them bring some for you. Nothing brightens up a room more then fresh flowers .
Bring your own pillow – Im sorry but the hospital pillows suck if you want to be super cozy bring your own and a blanket as well .
VERY important – Be picky with whom you allow in the room . Everyone holds a certain energy , have you been around people that you don’t feel so good when you are with them and others you feel great ? Allow the ones you feel great around and supported by in the room. Everyones presence in the room is contributing to the energy that you want to feel , so be selective with who you invite.