How to Set Up a Labor Room at the Hospital

By Heidi Gonzales

The birth of your baby is a special event whether you're at home, a birth center or a hospital. If you are birthing in a hospital, you will have to bring some extra equipment to make your birth room more comforting and familiar. Making small adjustments in your room will make it more personal and a safer place for you to relax and give birth.

Place a few strands of white lights around the room. Draping them over the cabinets or your bed is a good idea. This will enable you to keep the bright lights off and the soft lights on. If you don't want to bring strands of lights, you can place one or two small lamps in the room instead.

Set up the CD player in a place that is free from cords and equipment. Also make sure it is easy to get to. It is a good idea to bring a battery operated one in case there are no available outlets in the room.

Place birthing aids (birthing ball, rice sock, massage tools) nearby so they are easy to reach when needed.

Place pictures of family or pets around the room for a more comforting space. Sometimes, it is helpful to have pictures of loved ones nearby for extra support.

Place focal points in interval places throughout the room. These can be any objects you would like to focus on during contractions.

If you will be using a birth tub, set it up in a place that is away from high room traffic. Usually, the corner of the room works best.

Post a copy of your birth plan on the door. This allows everyone who works with you to have a chance to review and respect your wishes during this special time in your life.

About the Author

Heidi Gonzales is a midwife, childbirth educator, doula, American Heart Association BLS instructor, author and editor for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association e-mag. She left the Navy after 10 years to pursue her passion in birth work. She has attended over 60 births in Louisiana and has helped over 150 families through birth consultations. She volunteers as a childbirth educator at a pregnancy crisis center in Louisiana and also as an online career mentor.