Creating your mammal-friendly birth space...

If all is well, we tend to birth best when we feel safe and secure: familiar, quiet, private, comfy, warm and dimly-lit. Wherever you expect to give birth, plan a fully transportable 'birth bubble'. Try to visit your local unit to familiarise yourselves with the space and ask questions, even (especially) if you're planning a homebirth.

Attn Cornwall families:- 
for online tours and pictures of our local birth centres and delivery suite click here too

"Early and then active labour was at home in our bedroom... The cat got into the wardrobe and noisily insisted that I joined her - she made a nest to deliver my kittens (!!) I smile so much when I think of it"
Rae, Cornwall

Hospital birth...

  • Bring your birth plan
  • Make the space YOURS
  • Bring a familiar blanket & pillow
  • Play your affirmations or music
  • Essential oils
  • Turn off most lights
  • Bring your birthing ball
  • Use an eye mask
  • Consider fairy lights!
  • No need to wear a hospital gown

hypnobirthing room


  • Have your birth plan available
  • Play your affirmations or music
  • Essential oils
  • Turn off most lights
  • Keep the space warm, dark & quiet
  • Set up a comfy 'midwives station' in another room so they can pop in and out

hypnobirthing cornwall

Birth in theatre...

  • Discuss which elements of your birth plan can be met
  • Consider IV in non-dominant arm
  • Electrodes & gown placed to allow for skin-to-skin
  • Play your own music
  • Birth partner can smell of some nice familiar smells
  • Skin-to-skin with baby asap
  • Use familiar blanket in recovery

caesarean hypnobirthing