Preparing for a Home Birth

Photo Credit: Zandy J Photography

Photo Credit: Zandy J Photography

If you are planning on having a home birth, it’s handy to have all the below in an easy to access place so your support team can easily find anything you may need. It is also a good idea to have a small bag beside these items so it can be quickly packed if necessary. Your midwife will bring all the equipment she requires.


You will need: (Most families have this piled in one part of the lounge for easy access)

  • Maternity Notes and Birthing Preferences
  • Clothes – something old to birth in that you don’t mind if it gets messy and something to change into afterwards. Think loose clothing, t-shirt, sarong – easy to move in and to breastfeed after.
  • If you are planning a water birth, you can be completely naked or a singlet top may be ideal. Also it is a good idea for support people to put their togs in the pile as the mother may like you to hop in with her for extra support.
  • If you are using one the birthing pool and all accessories (pump, liner etc.) and also an old sieve or scooper to clear water if necessary. It is a good idea to have a practice run setting up the pool, and to have a repair kit if necessary
  • A drop sheet or similar that you can protect your floors in the birthing space, or place under the birthing pool. DON’T place the pool on a cold tile/concrete floor. If this is your only option place a woolen blanket under the pool too.
  • Several old towels, as well as a nice soft one for baby and you
  • Rescue Remedy
  • Candles/music to suit you, and any other support items – ie. wheatbags
  • Baby clothes, and a hot water bottle to wrap clothes in prior to birth.
  • 2 hats for baby especially if a water birth
  • Heater – your home needs to be warm!
  • Bucket
  • Straws or a drink bottle
  • Plastic container for the placenta
  • Knickers and Pads

Home Birth Kit List provided by Empower Birth Classes

4 Comments on Preparing for a Home Birth

  1. Kelly
    March 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Handy list, sometimes wish I’d gone with a home birth, but it was never really practical when I was pregnant.

  2. Michelle Knopp
    March 12, 2014 at 4:50 am (6 years ago)

    Great list. I never had a home birth, but I really wish I could have. All three of my pregnancies were high risk complicated pregnancies. I tried a VBAC with my second child but was minutes from rupturing my uterus.
    I really wanted to do everything all natural, but for some of us, it just doesn’t work out. I’m very thankful for modern medicine, but I do know some people who have amazing experiences with home births. It is such a special time and I believe the birth process can be an amazing experience, wherever you choose to birth your child.

  3. Rosie
    March 12, 2014 at 10:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh my gosh…I didn’t have a home birth, and don’t think I would be able to medically speaking, but I love this list! I know a couple of families preparing for home births so I’m sending them this link right now!

  4. AJ
    March 14, 2014 at 1:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I am a home birth mum & this is a very comprehensive list:-) We were also advised to have a thermometer in the birthing pool
    My husband was very dubious about the prospect of home birth but is now the biggest advocate. He had jobs to do, like set up the birthing pool & make the mid-wives cuppas.


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