But I must admit that my reason for being uncomfortable with the mess is not because I am worried about what our midwife or visitors might think or say! My reasons are alot more egoistic than that! I want our house to be clean and nice for ME to be able to enjoy my birthing time together with my family. I want to be able to concentrate without being disturbed by avoidable clutter. I just feel so much better when our house is in order! Thank you IdentityCrisisMama and others who pointed out that I have to let some of the worries about our main traffic areas go. Yes, I DO need something to do in early labour! ;)
This was totally me! Our house needed a good clean, and our treat to ourselves (like you), was to hire a cleaning service. We have biweekly cleaners coming from now until June. Their first scheduled visit was March 24. It was milestone #4 I wanted to complete before I went into labour (my EDD was April 1). While our house is generally neat and tidy thanks to my DW who hates clutter and teens who can be asked to tidy up after themselves, it was really dirty and I was so excited to give birth in a clean house.
Only, I went into labour on the 23rd and the baby was born in the wee hours of the 24th. Two of the three rooms were clean enough. Our bedroom and nursery (where the birthing tub was). The bathroom, however, was definitely not up to any clean standards and that's where wee baby was born. I didn't really even think about it till after when I was reveling in how she was caught by my MW on a (dirty) bathroom floor. The labour, however, made that floor ten times worse!
The best part was that we decided not to cancel the cleaning service. I fell asleep in my bed finally around 9 am and when I awoke and left the bed for the first time since the birth, it was like a cleaning fairy god mother had visited and it was cleaner than clean.
Turns out, the mess didn't impact my labour and it was a sure treat to have a clean house that soon thereafter!
ETA: I actually found the collection of all the birthing supplies and getting the tub working during our test run to be way more stressful than the cleaning thing!