I have a slight dilema. I don't know WHERE I want to have this baby. I know I want to have her at home...but I can't visualize where in the house that I actually want it to be.
Our bedroom is really small, and there isn't a lot of room to move around, let alone to have my midwife, her assistant, my husband and my mother in the same room! (My mom was present at the birth of my first two, so it would feel weird to eliminate her. She's kind of like my doula:)
And to make matters worse, we have a king sized bed in our bitty room, that has just about zero space on the sides of the bed. The only real space is at the end of the bed...and that's only about 4 feet from our dressers!
The thought of giving birth in my bedroom makes me panicky. It feels closed in, and I might feel claustrophobic. (sp?)
And all of our bedrooms are on the smaller side, so I can't really use one of the kids rooms either.
I'm thinking my living room/dining room (it's kind of one long room with only a slight wall on the sides as partition)-and here's why.
A: There's a TON of space for people to move around
B: there are actually pocket doors built in, for privacy. I can literally close the living room and dining room door and create a private environment.
C: It's on the main floor, right next to the kitchen, and main floor bathroom.
D: there are a lot of other living spaces in the house for my other two children to be if they're home. (hopefully not.) We have a rec room in the basement, and a breakfast nook that they hang out in and play games.
E: there's room for a birthing pool, If I decide to go that route. Based on previous births, there won't be time to fill it. But a girl can dream, right?
F: I'll want to be downstairs after the baby is born anyway, not alone, by myself in my bedroom. I like to be around family right after.
G: I won't have to worry about my baskets of folded laundry in our bedroom getting in the way. (we don't have enough dresser/closet space, so we've always got folded laundry in baskets :(
The only CON I can think of in all of this, is that there is no BED in the living room!! I have a couch, a nice long one, but it's not a bed (and it's not terribly deep.). I don't know what position i'll be giving birth in until the time comes. Whatever is most comfortable at the time, I'm sure. I thought about putting an air mattress on the floor, but I don't like the idea of having to get up off of the floor either during, or after labour. That sounds like a lot of work...
Any ideas on how to make this work? Where would you do it? Has anyone had their baby in their living room?