September 17, 2018
Photo by Lauren Jolly Photography
WHAT SHOULD I PACK IN MY BIRTH BAG?
You’ve hired your doula, written your birth plan, taken a class, and decorated the nursery. You’re ready to have a baby! As your due date nears, you start thinking about what essentials you need to take with you on that big trip to your birthing place.
It couldn’t be that much, right? After all, you’re likely only going to stay from one to three days, with helpful nurses taking care of all your needs.
There are checklists and blogs out there that would seemingly have you take your entire house with you to the hospital. How can you pack the perfect hospital bag, without overthinking it?
It’s pretty simple, really.
Just think of the necessities for three people: YOU, YOUR PARTNER, and YOUR BABY.
Sexy panties and bras – you’re going to be doing ALL kinds of leaking…
Nipple shields and breast pumping supplies – the hospital lactation team will likely have these on hand
Maxi pads – they will provide you with large pads and stretchy mesh throwaway undies
Pacifiers, diapers, bottles: the hospital will provide these if needed. Unless you just have special ones you want to use!
To further prepare you (and your vehicle!) for a sudden trip to the birthing location, lay a piece of plastic down on the seat of your car, and spread a large towel over it. This will protect your car from a big mess if your water breaks during the drive to the hospital!
WHEN DO I NEED TO GET ALL THIS DONE?
Don’t stress: you probably have plenty of time. We recommend that you gather your items into a sturdy, easy-to-clean bag (with enough room to bring home stuff from the hospital!) and toss it into the trunk of your car around Week 35 of pregnancy. This will ensure that if you go into labor a little before your due date, you don’t have to suddenly scramble around to collect things.
Does this complete your having-a-baby to-do list? With your hospital bag for birth packed and ready to go, you’ll be able to breathe a little easier waiting for that exciting and overwhelming moment of realizing that you are in labor. Haven’t hired a doula yet? It’s not too late! Click here to send us a message for more information. We would be honored to support you during this special time!