There are lots of simple changes you can make and small preparations you can plan for in order to make your home birth successful. Here are a few of my favorites. Nourishment It is important to eat and drink regularly in pregnancy, and labor is no exception. When you get depleted it will quickly evidence itself in your labor pattern, energy, ability to cope with pain, and sometimes, the baby may show non-reassuring heart tones that lead to a preventable transfer to the hospital. While you may very well have a quick labor, its always best to plan for the long haul. Fruits and vegetables, yogurt, cheeses, nuts, nut butters, sandwich meats and eggs are easy things to snack on in early labor.