7 Tips For Your Home Birth Preparation – What we did to prepare for our Little FeetS arrival

In most cases, women have an idea whether they’d want to have a baby in the future or not. I even remember myself as a little girl, playing with dolls, swaying them to sleep after a pretend bottle-feeding session and wrapping them up in blankets. Well, this is exactly how I feel towards homebirth, specially now that I am actually in a situation wherein I have to decide which kind of birth I would like to prepare for. I have memory flashbacks of watching birthing videos when we were in gradeschool (in which I found so gross at that time), coming across water birth videos on TV and telling my mom “when I give birth I want to be in water too!” – to think I was only a toddler then – basically just my strong intuition telling me that this is what’s natural. And yet of course, I understand that for some it is not the same since there are lots to consider and more if preparing for a homebirth as if the whole process of pregnancy isn’t enough.

So, for the soon-to-be-mothers…CONGRATULATIONS! 🙂 

If you’ve already decided on a homebirth, maybe we can help you plan ahead and not start from scratch like we did. Here’s our list of tips and suggestions to help you prepare for your dream homebirth.

1 Research, research, and research some more.

It is a must to educate yourself about what other kind of births there are, including its pros and cons. As you go through this process, you will be able to learn lots of lessons as well as unlearning old myths and false information, and instead you’ll be able to equip yourself with confidence and knowledge. Aside from reading, it would also help to attend birthing workshop and watch birthing videos.

waiting game

waiting game

2 Find a Midwife and/or a Doula – FAST!

This one didn’t come easy.  At all.

From first to third trimester, we have come to experience the difficulties of finding professional help to support our decision.   From the dying “art of natural birth” due to C-section promotion and interventions in the hospitals, there is also the “midwifes” which had been criticised generations after generations hence the low number of practitioners not being able to fill in the demand for their services.  Having to discover that midwives are actually knowledgeable about birthing more than a doctor, doctors are trained to do a single type of birth and medical “emergency procedures”.  And let’s not forget, the “Doulas” who provides support to a mother before, during and just after birth on a physical, emotional and informational level – Honestly speaking, I haven’t heard of Doulas until I was pregnant. – There are still very few of them and only available in some places.

Aside from all these “naturally” occurring problems, we in particular weren’t sure where to birth initially – both of us are traveling and undecided whether to birth in his country or mine – and so we took our time to think about it and process, it also affected our decision on the birthplace since it must be a major consideration to find a midwife where we will be. We were so close to giving up and very much decided on doing the birth alone. It is not just where we are, but everywhere in the world seem to have the same problems. And so if I may, I’d like to save you this trouble and advise you to literally reach out and find one after reading this…you may read the rest of my tips later.

midwife Isa <3

midwife Isa ❤

3 Make your own Birth Plan.

This may sound easy and unimportant but it’s actually a very important list.  This will indicate your preferences and decisions during labor and birth, for you and your baby. You may have prepared yourself as much as you can but if any case there would be an emergency, and you are in the middle of contractions, then this will save your dreams and you may continue concentrating on your birth and baby instead of stressing on your birth wishes. I personally made my birth plan and included important details like your partners name, contact number, nationality, and blood type.

  • Here is an amazing free PDF format you can fill up online and download for you natural birth plan by Earth Mama blog: “Earth Mama’s Birth Plan

4 Make an Emergency & Announcement Contact list.

A vital thing to have, may it be used for emergency situation or simply calling loved ones and family for the announcement of his/her arrival. Again, in moments wherein you most likely don’t want to speak, this will help everyone including house members who are a bit nervous for you. This will give them a little peace of mind.  Post it everywhere and maybe give them copies. If you feel proactive, also give them copies of number 3 – your birth plan.

  • My contact list includes: midwife info, emergency numbers, and our family info.

5 Make your Birthing Essentials List.

Obviously this list of ours doesn’t look like your regular “hospital bag” checklist, even though we are aware that we may have to pack one for us three (mom, dad, and baby).  More over we include homebirth essentials on this list, this included our super basic shopping list, homebirth supplies, and emergency checklist. (As for the medical supplies, we had to collect them one by one, but there are online stores that sell home birth kits for midwife particularly in the US.)

  • In case it would help, here’s our list for you to check out:

              FOR Home Preparation/Shopping List


  • 2 Nursing Bras (use after birth) – w/ 2 breast pads
  • 5 Maternity Underwear
  • 1 Binder
  • 5 Maternity dress
  • 1 Breast Pump (just in case of emergency)
  • 1 Breast Milk Storage Bag
  • Bottle Sterilizer (only if using breastpump)
  • 1 Changing mat / 1 Non-slip bath mat
  • 2 Baby sling (Ring Sling and Baby Pouch)
  • 1 Waterproof mattress cover
  • 4 Blankets (including cotton cellular blankets)


  • 4 Receiving Blankets
  • 5 Newborn night gowns (for use until the cord falls off)
  • 8 Sleep suits (long-sleeves) *With zippers are recommended
  • 8 Onesies (short-sleeves)
  • 8 Wrap-over vests
  • 8 Pairs pants
  • 1 Sun hat
  • 6 Newborn soft cotton hats
  • 2 Cardigans
  • 12 Pairs socks
  • 12 Pairs scratch mitts
  • 1 Jacket/pram suit
  • 7 Daywear outfits (optional)
  • 2 Swaddling blanket
  • 2 Dozen Muslin squares
  • 14 Bibs (optional)
  • Reusable Nappies:
reusable organic bamboo cloth diapers <3 with cute prints!

reusable organic bamboo cloth diapers

  • 12 Shells (2 newborn)
  • 18 Organic Bamboo Cotton Soaker Pads
  • 2 Pack Baby wipes (Make natural DIY version)
  • 4 Baby sponge & face cloths
  • 1 Baby toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 1 Baby nail scissors
  • 1 Baby hairbrush and comb
  • 1 Set of Organic Essential Oils (DoTERRA – Every Oil Kit)
  • Oils (VCO and Almond Oil)


  • 1 Baby Car seat (where law requires it)

FOR Home Water Birth – Full Lotus

  • Birth Pool
  • Birth Ball
  • Yoga Mat
  • Hanging Ring for squats
  • Plastic sheet for bed
  • Placenta container (basket or cooler with Muslin squares) – w/ Isa
  • Salt for placenta
  • Bucket (for emergency and puking)
  • Fishing net/Large sifter for poop (just in case)
  • Plastic/Garbage Bag for dirty linens
  • Hot water bottle and Hot Compress Bag
  • 3 Face cloths for compression
  • Bendy Straw
  • Ice Condoms (make with Isa)
  • Coconut Oil for base massage
  • Baby towel for cover up on pool (orange from Isa)
  • My Bath robe for in and out of the pool
  • 3 Old towels
  • Toilet paper and Wet wipes
  • Mirror (just in case for crowning)
  • Small pouch of extra Hair ties
  • Extra tea light candles
  • My DIY candle holders
  • Labor and Birth EO: Lavender, Frankincense, Helichrysum (Geranium), Peppermint, Myrrh, Clary Sage
  • Essential Oil Diffuser


birth preparation

birth preparation

EO list for labor and its benefits

EO list for labor and its benefits











  • FOOD: fruits (dates), nuts, oatmeal cookies, coconut juice, pineapple juice, (sweet potato) kamote tops juice, coco popsicles, dark chocolate, honey, yogurt, toast
  • Sterile Gloves (3sizes)
  • Alcohol
  • Cotton Balls
  • Measuring tape
  • Thermometer – digital one
  • Doppler
  • Blood pressure device with stethoscope
  • Emergency Pitocin (inside the refrigerator)
  • Small oxygen bottle
  • PH tester (small strips can be bought in pharmacy)
  • Adult diaper (2-3pcs) and Maternity Pads
  • Perfusion (2times 1 NaCl for example) – Natrium Chloride
  • 1 bottle of Octenisept (it’s a disinfectant liquid which can be used for mucosa tissue) – Mucous membrane and wound antiseptic
birth preparation with ball and pool

birth preparation with ball and pool


Emergency checklist (for a 3 day stay in hospital):


  • 2 Nursing nightwear
  • 2 Nursing bras – w/ 2breast pads
  • 1 Pair of Slippers (optional)
  • 5 Maternity Underwear
  • 3 Adult disposable diaper (@ the birth box)
  • 1 Pack Maternity pads (@ the birth box)
  • 1 Binder
  • 2 Baby Sling

Ring Sling


  • 1 Boncho (breastfeeding poncho/cover-up)

– Indigo

  • 1 Pack Baby wipes (@ the birth box)
  • 1 Tissue roll (@ the birth box)
  • Mom – comfortable set of clothes for going home (w/ 3 undies)
  • 1 Extra Shawl
  • 1 Set of Organic Essential Oils (@ the birth box)
  • Extra Pillow (optional)


  • 4 Receiving Blankets/Swaddle
  • 8 Muslin Squares (Lampin)
  • 2 Newborn Reusable Nappies SHELL
  • 3 One-size-fits-all Reusable Nappies SHELL
  • 10 Reusable Organic Bamboo Cloth INSERTS
  • 5 Newborn soft cotton hats
  • 5 Pairs socks
  • 5 Pairs scratch mitts
  • 6 Printed jumpsuit clothes (1 with matching bib)
  • 3 Newborn pants
  • 2 Newborn over-all PJ
  • 2 Newborn short sleeve over-all
  • 6 Newborn strap-on Long sleeve
  • 2 Newborn strap-on Short sleeve
  • 1 Pack baby wipes (@ the birth box)
  • 2 Baby sponge & face cloth/s (@ the birth box)
  • 1 Jacket/pram suit (optional)
  • 1 Pack Disposable Newborn Nappies


  • 3 Sets of Change of clothes (1)
  • 1 Jacket/Sweatshirt

Don’t forget:

indigobaby <3

indigobaby ❤

  • Birthing plan and notes
  • Passport and Important Documents
  • Coins / money for car park
  • Mobile phone & charger
  • Drinks and snacks
  • IPod / music
  • Camera / camcorder

6 Prepare your Birthing space.

Before anything else, I want you to remember that the most important thing is for you to feel safe, relaxed, intimate and empowered. So, remember to check your list and incorporate everything that was meant for the birthing space, once this is done, you may get your space cleaned, label birthing supplies, prepare your snacks.

Here are the few things you can initially prepare for your home birthing space:

  • Remove clutter and move furniture
  • Water proof your bed and floors – we are using shower curtain for bed and tarpaulin for floor
  • Have the house/space cleaned
  • Wash everything new from your shopping list – Baby clothes and maternity stuff.
  • Get birthing supplies ready
  • Prepare what’s necessary for your “kind” of birth: bed/pool/ball/mats/stool/something to hang on to – for squatting.
  • Prepare and freeze snacks, ready to be grabbed anytime.
  • Put all emergency stuff in one area, ready and packed.

Here is our birthing hut that was made and designed specially for the birth, it is located just on the first floor of our current home. 

birthing pool, bed, ball, and rings for squats - preparation set up

birthing pool, bed, ball, table, and rings for squats – preparation set up

Assembly time during practice set up

Assembly time during practice set up – everything water proof! 🙂

birthing pool, bed, ball, and rings for squats - preparation set up

birthing pool, bed, ball, table, and rings for squats – preparation set up

7 Add your personal touch and favourites.

The best part of all: add your personal touch and favorites! To make it feel homey and relaxing I prepared a few of my favourite things:

  • DIY candleholders for a warm glow and intimate lighting – I LOVE candles.
  • Got some nice essential oils to diffuse so the birthing hut smells like bliss, plus it is helpful for labor.
Diffusing Lavander <3 for a calm labor.

Diffusing Lavander

  • Put a table where we can put memorabilia’s of everything special for Craig and me, like the champagne cork we kept from New Year’s Eve drinking celebration, the same night we knew (but unsure) we were pregnant.
NYE 2015 and pregnancy (scare) hunch celebration! =,D

NYE 2015 and pregnancy (scare) hunch celebration! =,D

  • A playlist for my labor and post-partum.
  • Last but not least, I printed a bunch of affirmations to be posted during my labor, as well as laminated signs like “family bonding DND” for post-partum days. This will help you save energy and rest, it will also help others to respect your space during the first 40days you have with your little one. It is crucial for dad, mom, and baby to spend this first few days together undisturbed.

bonding in progress - DND

bonding in progress – DND

And so you’ve reached the end of the list – It seems like a lot but I’m sure 9months is more than enough, you can just prepare for so much and it is okay.  This is our first child so we are cutting ourselves some slack but we do hope that this will help you and your partner achieve your dream homebirth in a calm and loving way.  

Time will surely fly knowing how exciting this journey is.  Upon meeting our beautiful midwife last week, she checked our baby inside my tummy and he sure is ready! I am still a month away but his back facing my left side of the belly with his head almost tucked in inside my pubic bone, his shoulders and legs already in position for some kicking action to go much lower…we definitely got more excited.   And then, last night happened, it was different; I started to feel “practice” contractions (false labor they call it) on my upper belly and didn’t know what it was exactly until I was told today (the morning after) – I had barely slept and felt a heavy burn on my right side where he kicked mostly. It felt like he was making himself as hard as a rock then gradually pushes with his limbs, it hurts. And I swear, I do cherish my pregnancy, specially that I know how lucky I am to have my partner beside me at all times giving me support, love and unlimited massages. But beyond this excitement and anticipation, here comes labor pressures being a few days/weeks away from actual labor. I will do my best to continue spending my days reading, writing, nesting and preparing for the arrival of our little gentle soul.  I haven’t gained extra weight aside from the baby weight that is concentrated on my belly area, I look exactly the same except that I now waddle like a duck and look like I’ve swallowed a whole watermelon. haha!!! 🙂  I have been spending just as much time doing chores as I have been relaxing and practicing my birth exercises mentally, physically and spiritually. And yet, I feel like all I do is wait…the anticipation to meet our little feetS is incomparable to anything I have ever wanted and waited for in my life. And i tell you… It’s all worth it in the end, and MORE…

unlimited massages <3

unlimited massages ❤

trying to calm myself down for I am very excited to meet you my little one.

trying to calm myself down for I am very excited to meet you my little one.


FOR HIM Natural Deodorant/Cologne – “DIY deodorant-cologne I specially made for Funny Daddy”

It’s been 4 years now since I totally ditched the use of a deodorant, even though I barely used any when I was younger, I know I would still use it maybe 3 to 4 times a month. But since I started reading labels and found out that I can’t read almost all of the listed ingredients, that most are made of chemicals and has harmful and long-term effects, I have totally broken up with the occasional use.

Same for my love, our Funny Daddy. He has decided not to use any of the commercial products for about a couple of years now, unfortunately, he is not as lucky as I am as to not getting smelly after a while of sun and sweat. He has been experimenting and trying out healthy alternatives like natural mineral salts, tea tree oil, and other deodorant that can be bought on natural and organic stores. Some of it worked, but not long enough that he has to reapply, while some kind of makes a white mess on his armpits after sweating and it shows when he is wearing a dark shirt or topless (which is 100% of the time).

So we have come to a conclusion, realising that in worse case scenarios, we run to our old and trusted friend, Virgin Coconut Oil.   It’s been our natural remedy for almost everything. We use it for sunbathing oil, Nik-Nik (beach bugs) protection, cooking, lotion, cleaner, alternative toothpaste, and the list goes on. There are numerous websites you can check online for the Health Benefits and use of Coconut Oils and it sure is magic.

And so, lately, he has been VERY homesick and tells me how he will show me places when we go to his country of birth – home where family is.   Camping, hiking, fishing, and be with his side of the family and friends. But most of the time, he misses the smell of the forest, not our Philippine messy shrub jungles, but THE FOREST. Big trees far apart, nice pathways to walk through, camping with bonfires, and the natural scent of the green lush forest.

And voila! It hit me, since he uses his favourite Essential Oil (Cedar wood) and VCO (Virgin coconut oil) for his daily armpit remedy, it’s time to make him his very own scent of DIY deodorant, and since it smells so good, it doubles as a cologne. It’s true, how many men have you come across the streets and they smell so good just to realise that they were not wearing cologne, it was just a very pleasant smelling deodorant?!

So I won’t make you wait any longer, here is how you can make your own DIY Deo-cologne using only 2 major ingredients: VCO and Essential Oils! (no need for baking soda or sticky cornstarch)


  • 1 oz dark glass bottle with a dropper / dark glass bottle with a small mouth for diluting
dark bottle with a dropper

dark bottle with a dropper

(There was none available where I am right now so I settled for an old McCormick vanilla extract bottle. Wash and dry thoroughly before use.)

alternative bottle you may use, just make sure to keep it cool and dark away from direct light and heat.

alternative bottle you may use, just make sure to keep it cool and dark away from direct light and heat.

*** PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT IT IS BEST TO ALWAYS KEEP THIS SOMEWHERE DARK AND COOL. (Both VCO and Essential Oils maintains its quality when it’s away from direct heat or sunlight)

  • A small bottle of VCO or FCO – Fractionated Coconut Oil (if you don’t want a coconut smell mixed onto your blended scent.
DōTERRA FCO (fractionated coconut oil)

DōTERRA FCO (fractionated coconut oil

  • A set of Therapeutic Grade – Essential Oils or whichever scent of EO you desire to mix in. I use DōTERRA Essential Oils.
essential oil exploration

essential oils of your man’s choice

Coming back to the story I knew he wanted the outdoor smell of fresh trees in the forest, so I chose the following EO’s:

His kind of scent

His kind of scent “woods scent”

  • 10 drops of Cedar wood (his favorite EO)
  • 10 drops of Patchouli (his star sign EO scent)
  • 5 drops of White Fir (the smell of Pine tree and Christmas)
  • 3 drops of Juniper Berry (Berry and it’s needles extracted that has a nutty smell and mixes well with the following oils)

***I started with smaller dose, from 5 drops to adding 2 more drops each time for each oils… I followed my instinct as to which ones to put more or less.  Then Added more again until I’ve reached my desired scent.  It’s very strong now after a week, so I decided to just add more oil to re-dilute it. 🙂 Now it seems cheaper doesn’t it?

  • MIX ALL EO TOGETHER then fill the rest of the bottle with VCO/FCO.  And there you have it!  A pleasant smelling Forest with a hint of floral and berry on your armpits! and again, maybe use it as a cologne, just a dab will do!

***As I gladly experiment and blend the EO’s like a giggling little girl chemist, I went thru my Modern Essentials guide book, and amazingly found out that these particular oils are that I have chosen for my concoctions are either anti-fungal, antiseptic, detoxifier, diuretic, and deodorant.   And to dilute these therapeutic-grade oils, we just blend it with coconut oil.


His very own EO del-cologne... smelling so sexy!

His very own EO deo-cologne… smelling so sexy!

IT SURE COMPLEMENTED HIM: his love for the forest, its scent – AND with the qualities of each oil for deodorising effects for his needs.   We tried it out for a few days, and it surely lasted longer than anything he bought from any store, and we both knew that there are ONLY 2 ingredients on it, VCO and EO. So natural. So easy!

If you feel like using it as cologne, just dab a LITTLE on pressure points! …behind the ears, inner wrists, inner elbow, behind the knees, etc.

***SHAKE WELL BEFORE USE…not that you have to but just for the fun of it. 😉

There you have it!!! I hope you get inspired by making yourself a natural Deo-cologne or just like me, make one for you love!