Childbirth Tips - Create a Magical Laboring Cave
One of my all time favorite places for labor is the hospital bathroom. Say what?? Yes, it is the truth! With a little transforming the hospital bathroom can be an awesome laboring location.
How to transform a hospital bathroom starts with the lighting. The hospital lights are so harsh that I recommend never turning them on. NEVER EVER EVER turn those lights on! As a doula, one of the first things that I do is to grab some battery operated candles from my doula bag. I place three of these in the bathroom and they create enough ambient light for safety purposes and are so much better that the florescent overhead lights.
When mom is ready to spend more time laboring in the bathroom we can go ahead and add music. If she is enjoying music for labor it is a great addition to the cave. She might be listening to a playlist or just streaming some ambient spa-like music.
After the lighting and music are set the next super important step is to close (or crack open) the door. This is so important to actually get that cave-like feel. With the door closed or mostly closed she won't feel like she is being watched. It is a comforting feeling for most moms. Sometime moms even want to be left completely alone. In that case we need to make sure that mom knows that her partner and doula are right outside the door. If moms do want company in the cave we can pull in a stool for her partner/doula. Don't forget, Mom also needs a beverage, preferably a cup with a straw.
The bathroom is a great place to labor whether it be in the tub, shower or the toilet!
- Alice Turner