One of the things I found to be most important as far as preparation went for my first homebirth was my Mother Blessing ceremony ... a time for me to center myself and concentrate on my baby and the upcoming birth. A part of that ceremony was releasing all fears associated not only with the birth, but with life with our newest baby. The mental and emotional preparation were even more important than preparing my birth space.
This time around (third homebirth), I'm decluttering and reorganizing the ENTIRE house. We're adding child #6 to the family (and are homeschoolers), so I need to have everything set so that life after birth goes smoothly. We're painting the dining room/kitchen a nice calming color (I'll most likely be birthing in a birth tub in our dining room as I have the previous 2 times) and making it more open by removing bigger furniture items (it's our homeschooling space as well) and replacing them with taller shelves that don't come out into the room as much.
I'll make up postpartum (frozen, soothing) pads ahead of time, will triple or quadruple make my bed like I did last time (waterproof mattress pad, bottom sheet, chux pads, bottom sheet, chux pads, bottom sheet, chux pads, bottom sheet...that way I can just take a layer off every time I need a change of sheets and not have to "make" the bed again for a while
), freeze some meals (although my friends will be bringing babymoon meals daily
), and make sure to set up the birth pool at around 39 weeks, even though I tend to go "late." I LOVE "testing" out the birth pool after a long day of child-wrangling
. We put it in our bedroom during the day and in the dining room at night, so it's ready to go when I go into labor. My last labor was 4 hours long, so we want to be prepared!