Setting up your birthing nest

birth education Jul 24, 2023
Birthing environment

Preparing the birthing room is a crucial step in promoting a positive birthing experience. By creating a calm, comfortable, quiet, and private environment, you can reduce stress, enhance relaxation, and foster a sense of tranquillity. Let’s explore ten essential steps to help you set up the perfect birthing room for your journey into parenthood.

Choose the Right Location

Select a room in your home or birthing location that offers privacy and seclusion from noise and distractions. Opt for a space that allows natural light to filter in and has adequate ventilation.


Create a soothing ambiance by utilizing dim, soft lighting. Consider using lamps, string lights, or candles instead of harsh overhead lights. Additionally, having tea lights or LED candles can add an intimate glow to the room.


Minimize external noises that can disrupt your birthing experience. Close windows, use soundproof curtains, and consider playing soft, calming music or nature sounds. Experiment with different options to find what resonates with you.

Comfortable Furniture and Pillows

Arrange the room with comfortable seating options for both you and your partner or support person. Add pillows, cushions, or a birthing ball to support various positions during labor. Prioritize comfort and flexibility.


Scents have a profound impact on your mood and relaxation. Incorporate calming fragrances such as lavender, chamomile, or citrus into your birthing room. Experiment with essential oils, diffusers, or scented candles, but be mindful of any sensitivities or allergies.

Personal Items

Surround yourself with familiar and comforting objects, such as photographs, a favourite blanket, or a cherished item. These personal touches can provide a sense of security and connection to home during the birthing process.

Create Visual Inspiration

Hang positive affirmations, birth affirmations, or birth art on the walls to create a visual inspiration board. These reminders of strength and empowerment can help you stay focused and motivated throughout the birthing journey.

Communication Plan

Establish a communication plan with your healthcare provider and birth team to ensure that your preferences for a calm and private atmosphere are respected. Discuss your desires for minimal interruptions and the importance of maintaining a serene environment.

Supportive Birth Team

Choose a birth team that aligns with your wishes and values. Discuss your desire for a calm and private birthing room and ensure everyone is on the same page. Their understanding and support will contribute to your overall comfort and confidence.

Contingency Planning

While aiming for a peaceful environment, it is essential to be prepared for unexpected situations. Discuss with your healthcare provider and birth team what will happen if your birth takes a different turn, if you must have interventions or complications arise. Understanding the possibilities can help you feel more prepared and less anxious if things don't go exactly as planned.


Creating a calm, comfortable, quiet, and private birthing room is an important investment in your well-being and can significantly impact your birth experience. By following these ten essential steps, you can create an environment that promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and fosters a sense of tranquillity. Remember, each birthing journey is unique, and it's essential to tailor your birthing room setup to your individual preferences and needs.

Note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered as medical or professional advice. Always consult with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance regarding your pregnancy and birth plan.

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