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September 1st, 2012, 06:50 PM
Dhartanya's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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What do you do to prepare your home before your planned homebirth?
Do you do a big house clean/sanitize... what kinda of cleaners do you use?
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September 1st, 2012, 10:07 PM
MissusF's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I didn't do anything . All I had to do was order the birth kit my midwife requires and have one clean bathroom in case I wanted to labor on the toilet or something. I also threw some old sheets and a waterproof mattress pad on my bed. I did keep my house super clean as my guess date approached because I didn't want my midwife to arrive to a mess, but other than that there's really not much you need to do.

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September 1st, 2012, 10:52 PM
ShawnaCAN's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I didn't sanitize anything except the birth pool. I used a mixture of bleach and hot water for that. I probably kept the house a little cleaner than usual in the last weeks, but only because I get like that when I'm nesting! I used an old shower curtain to protect the mattress in case my water broke in bed.

My MW brings everything we need for the birth, except we have our own pool. So we just blew it up to check for leaks and made sure our hose would fit on our faucets, for filling it.
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September 2nd, 2012, 07:03 PM
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Location: Atlanta, Ga
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I set up my bed like the others. I actually felt like I couldn't go to sleep every night unless I had straightened my house and had it ready for baby. It was less for the midwives and birth itself, and more just so that things would run smoothly after the birth so that my husband could take over for a couple of days without a hitch. I use dr. bronners soap around my kitchen. I use borax and tea tree oil in the bathrooms and kitchen sink. I clean with bleach whenever I encapsulate someone else's placenta in my kitchen, but other than that, I try to use mild cleaners. I also tried to keep my room vacuumed. My dog sheds a lot and I didn't want dog hair to be everywhere in my room. Glad I did, because I did labor on the floor for a small amount of time.
Previously known as ~~Que~~

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September 2nd, 2012, 09:12 PM
queenofthecastle's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I generally keep the house pretty clean, so I didn't have to do much extra. I did make sure that all of the stuff for the birth was organized in boxes in our closet so that the birth assistant didn't have to search all over for the stuff. Which came in handy since I was already pushing when they got here.

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