Apartment birth made possible
Are you starting to plan your free birth? You may be worried because you live in an apartment and neighbors may hear you, so what can you do to make everyone aware and avoid unnecessary visitors. I can reassure you it won’t be as big of a deal as you might think.
Telling the neighbors
You don’t have to tell them you won’t have any medical professional present. People need to know as little as possible. A simple knock on the door of the neighbors on each side to make them aware once you start getting closer is the perfect way for everyone to find out.
Once the day has arrived place a sign at the door to make everyone aware. You can add custom notes as well if you’d like or a contact phone number. Who knows maybe you’ll get a nice neighbor will have a nice cooked meal for your family once labor is done.
When I gave birth to Aria, my now five-year-old, not one person knew or heard anything. I then gave birth to Brooklyn in an apartment but my neighbors were aware that she would be born at home. They only found out it went time because they noticed all the cars parked in their spots. I guess that too is an added benefit of telling them so you don’t come out to cars being towed.
Preparing the carpet
For most this is a big deal. How do I keep the carpet from getting wet or ruined? When I gave birth at home I was one of the few who didn’t have carpet but I still didn’t want fluids that I would need to clean later. I laid down shower curtains from the dollar store on the floor around the pool.
If you have carpet you can do the same thing I would just make sure you lay down extra to cover more space. I essentially would make a path to any area you may walk in. If I leaked along the way I would just pick the shower curtains and throw them away.
Don’t forget the bed
We never know the way birth is going to go. We may plan to give birth in the water but end up on the floor in the bathroom, yes that was my birth. It is better to be over prepared then leave something uncovered and worry about cleaning up after.
Tub clean up
For some, the option to give birth in a pool is an added benefit for pain relief. There are several options for birth pools including renting a birth pool, buying a kiddie pool or just using your own tub.
If you give birth in your own bathtub as I did once, clean up is super easy. Are you ready for this? Unplug the tub and watch the water drain away. Done. I did lay in the bed after to relax while I got in my baby cuddles and waiting for the placenta to make its grand entrance. It was almost like waiting for the baby to decide it was time.
You may decide to rent or buy a tub. Friendly reminder don’t forget the pump to empty the pool after. This helps make clean up faster and easier. Once you’re done you can remove the protective liner and either sell or pack away for another baby. That choice I leave up to you.
Regardless of where in your home you decide to give birth in your home, you’ll be fine. You don’t need to have a ton of space and the pool can be set up when you feel you are getting close. You can add some mantras to your wall and set up some dim holiday lights to get the mood.
Did you do anything special to set up your birth area?