Biggest pro of home birth: not needing to change environments as I know that will stall me
Cons: my yippy dogs being there, having to clean the house and tub, prep the bed, etc
What do you guys think?
Hey micro - if HB is feeling like the right thing to you and you feel you can manage the last-minute prep, I'd say go for it! Could you get someone to clean your house/tub for you? The birth kit you could have shipped overnight. Maybe there's even a friend/neighbor/family member who could take your dogs for you while you're in labor. I imagine you want to be in the best place for you to labor, and if that's at home then it would be great to see if you could make it happen. Of course, you just have to weigh the stresses of a last-minute change against the benefits of a homebirth. Whatever you decide, I hope it's a beautiful, peaceful experience for you!
Honestly, I wouldn't even worry about the birth kit. You could def. order it overnight if necessary, but also most of the supplies you really NEED are things you'll either have on hand anyway, or else can use something different that's easier to find. I'm sure your midwives could work with you on that one.
I had a few supplies I ordered online...I used In his Hands birth supply, and without having anything rushed, everything was delivered two days after I paid. Crazy fast.
I agree with Springmum... if you feel like a homebirth is for you, go for it! If while in labor you decide to scrap that plan you an can still head into the Birth Center.
DS2 was born at home and we didn't do anything to the bed. I wasn't planning to push laying down, so I felt no need to do anything to the bed, and it worked out just fine.
As far as cleaning the house and setting up for the birth. DS was born at 41 weeks.... and I had kept the house clean clean clean cleaaaaaan from 36 weeks until a few days before he was born. The day he was born I was grumpy and didn't do anything. Naaaathing. The sink was full of dishes, then DS1 and I went shopping for chocolate cake and new pajamas. When we got home he got out ALL the toys. then he got out ALL THE POTS AND PANS and everything in the lower cubpoard. then my water broke! DH cleaned everything up while I was in early labor, and even ran to the grocery store for a few things. My doula helped him set up the birth pool when she got here. Everything worked out just fine.
I sent my dog over to my in-laws across the street with DS1. Maybe a neighbor or friend could care for your dogs for ya?
Thanks ladies! We don't know our neighbors very well yet since we just moved, but maybe I can call a friend and see if they can take the dogs off our hands.
I've decided to go for it! Bought a bunch of supplies today, and got the birth kit rush shipped for Saturday delivery. So I think we'll be in good shape! I'm going to prep the bed and clean the tub today just in case. :)
Thanks for making me feel like I am not crazy for switching so close to the big day.