or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Archives › Pregnancy and Birth Archives › Due Date Clubs 2009 - 2012 › August 2011 › Stuff to bring to the birth center (hospital, home, etc...)
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Stuff to bring to the birth center (hospital, home, etc...)

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I am starting to brainstorm and create a list in my head of the stuff we will need to bring to the birth center when it's "go time". So far I have:

 

DH

DH's laptop (to play music)

Ipod with some meditation tracks

Extra clothes for me

Baby going home outfit

Car seat

Bikini top for the tub

Food (do you really want to eat in labor? I figure I should bring snacks)

Cooler with ice for the placenta

 

That's all I can think of for now. Our birth center has all the laboring accessories we could dream of, tubs, birthing stools, birthing balls, a big comfy bed, so I don't know of what else we might need.

 

Any suggestions?

 

What are you guys bringing?

 

post #2 of 17
Your birth center probably has some- but I would bring a couple straws just in case they don't- it makes staying hydrated a lot easier.

Also, I've seen chapstick recommended quite often, might want to take some just in case.
post #3 of 17

I still have the list of stuff I brought for DS's birth.  Granted, our insurance paid for 3 days stay at the (freestanding) birthcenter, and I was NOT going back to my little shithole apartment a second sooner than I had to...  And a lot of this stuff I ended up not needing.  But this is what I brought (in several duffel bags):  Needless to say, I am thrilled that we live in a house this time around that I'm excited to birth in.  I would NEVER have in a million years wanted to have DS in the awful apartment we were living in at the time, but I'm glad not to have to schlep anything around...  I'm sure you can't tell I'm a listmaker...

 

Birthcenter Bag Checklist
 
For Scott (clothes):
Pants
2 pairs of underwear
2 pairs socks
2 shirts
Sweatshirt/jacket
swimtrunks
sweats/pajama bottoms
Terrycloth robe
 
For Michelle (clothes):
Nursing nightie
Terrycloth robe
Nursing bra
2 pairs crappy underwear
2 tank tops
2 pair socks
Loose sweatpants (like Scott's black ones)
Normal sweatpants
Sweatshirt
Black robe
 
Misc. Items:
Newborn Notification Form
Baby names list
Hospital Birth Plan instructions for Scott/midwife (in case of transfer/cesarean need)
2 copies of the birthplan (for hospital staff)
2 copies of insurance info
camera
tens unit
extra tens pads
plastic bags (for dirty clothes)
batteries for camera
memory cards
breast pump
cliff bars
2 towels
2 trash bags
CD's
phone charger!
headphones (for the phone/ipod)
things to grab list -- keys, phones, wallets, black robe, socks (for Michelle), toothpaste, deodorant (both), 
towel and plastic bags for carseat, laptop, phone charger, extra pair of pants for Scott, headphones,
          
Toiletries:
Shampoo (Scott & Michelle)
Body wash (Scott & Michelle)
toothpaste
toothbrushes (Michelle's and Scott's)
Dial soap
deodorant
eyeglass cleaner
mouthwash
rubber bands (both the big "headband" kind and the small hairtie kind)
lotion
Chapstick, chapstick, chapstick!!
Sanitary pads
Nursing pads
emergen-c
 
 
For baby:
2 onesies
2 pairs baby socks
2 baby hats
1 thicker blanket
1 flannel receiving blanket
carseat!
diaper bag (diapers, wipes, plastic ziplocks, hand sanitizer, onsie, flannel receiving blanket)
moby wrap

 

post #4 of 17

Don't forget your nursing pillow!  I found it nice to have that handy for nursing because my body was exhausted.  Giving my arms a place to rest made things much easier!

post #5 of 17

Oh, Italia, soooo helpful!  Thank you!

post #6 of 17
lollipops. Nice sour ones.

I'm still debating on whether or not to bring my sweet sheepdog. he's such a comfort to me. Just can't decide....

Will also want to pack things for the boys...they are so excited to be at the birth, but they will need entertainment other than watching mama labor. seriously. maybe I'll have them bake a cake. Or something.

AND....don't forget your birthing necklaces! joy.gif
post #7 of 17

A couple things I learned in the hospital with #1:

 

lanolin. The lactation consultant left me a sample sized tube, but the lid was fused on, no one could get it off! I was glad to have my own. Plus she did not come in until the next day, we had done a lot of nursing already.

 

I found that the only things I needed for the baby were coming home stuff, they had everything I needed while there, but check with where you plan to deliver to make sure.

 

And, just due to my experience! Put your camera in your purse. DH and I did not bring in all the bags and stuff when we went in just in case I was not admitted, it was a very long slow labor for the first 20 hours. DD was born 20 minutes later and DH had to leave us to run out to the car and get the camera right after she was born!

 

Yes for the snacks, I did eat in labor and if you are away from home DP might need a pick me up as well. Some hospitals have a snack station, but might limit you if you are in labor so sneak your own in. Maybe a gatorade type drink too.

post #8 of 17

I haven't read all the replies, but an mp3 player with speakers or a CD player boom box is very nice to have. If you make playlists on your mp3 player (like "Labor" or "Relaxation") then anyone can find what you want to listen to at any given moment.  You can ask the nurse to turn the volume on the fetal monitor off so you don't have to listen to the constant whoosh-whoosh, or turn the music up high enough that you can't hear it.  

 Also, one of the most recent births I was at brought their own string of Christmas lights which they strung over the bed---it made for nice, ambient lighting.  The nurses thought it was cool.  

And DEFINITELY bring food!  Bring lots of things for your partner/labor support person to eat and drink (your doula will bring her own, if you're hiring one) and also things for you.  I like honey sticks in labor.  Yogurt tubes, fruit, crackers, cheese, whatever---you might not be hungry, but you might be starving, and it could make all the difference.  It's nice if your partner doesn't have to leave and go to the cafeteria to get food if your labor is long.  A small cooler is handy because not all hospital rooms have refrigerators.  Also, if your hospital has a strict 'no food' policy in labor, you can make it look like all the food is for your partner.  thumb.gif

post #9 of 17
post #10 of 17

Oh, another client brought an essential oil diffuser (the fan type) which was lovely!  It really helped to set a peaceful mood.  

post #11 of 17

I would say that what's on your list would probably also depend on whether you're going to a freestanding birth center, or a hospital birth center.  A freestanding birth center is more likely to have comfort measure things like birth balls, lavender hot/cold packs, a birthing stool, massage oils, candles, teas, herbs, etc.  A hospital will have PLENTY of receiving blankets and hats.

post #12 of 17
.
Edited by kristandthekids - 1/16/13 at 6:16pm
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Italiamom View Post

I would say that what's on your list would probably also depend on whether you're going to a freestanding birth center, or a hospital birth center.  ....  A hospital will have PLENTY of receiving blankets and hats.



The hospital I had DS at was great, they supplied EVERYTHING for the baby -- each little bassinet cart thing had disposable diapers, wipes (they used cut up J-cloths with warm water), diaper cream, baby wash, a stack of soft flannel blankets which they used as towels as well, and a stack of sleepers. They sent each mama home with the hat the auxiliary ladies knit in white, pink or blue, and whatever diapers & diaper cream were leftover from the cart. The collection of sleepers took up a whole wall in the nurses' office -- 8' wide, stacked to the ceiling with bins sorted by gender, size etc. The only outfit you had to bring for baby was the 'going home' clothes.

 

New baby -- we've moved, the hospital is in the same region, but it turns out the one we had DS at is the only one not linked into the regional health system.

 

Now, it's BYO everything! Diapers, wipes, clothes for every day baby is there, blankets, hats, diaper cream, baby wash etc. etc. etc. The hospital supplies nothing for newborns. It's fine with me, as I expect to only be there for a few hours after the baby is born, but I can imagine how stressful it would be to be a first time mama, there for the 'standard' 72 hours, and not really have the things on hand that you want/need, since it's so hard to know how much of anything a baby will go through!

 

Because we're going to the hospital w/ the Midwives, and do not expect to be there long, I have 3 bags ... one for the best case out in 4hours after birth, with the labour stuff & essential immediate after stuff (going home clothes for me & baby, one blanket, a few dipes etc.). Then I have a 'up to 72 hour admission' bag for me, and one for baby. Those have my shower stuff, more clothes for each of us, more diapers etc. I'll toss them in the car, but not take them in the hospital unless they are needed. In the event that we are admitted for any reason, then DH will not have to run home & try to pack stuff in chaos. If we don't need them, I'll be able to leave them on the mainfloor of the house when we get home & have quick access to dipes & clothes for a couple days if I don't feel like tackling the stairs that often to get to the bedrooms/closets & our full wardrobes!

 

post #14 of 17

I always try to eat things that are less offensive to throw up =) I ate a fish sandwich in early labor with my DD and I don't know if I can eat one ever again after it came back up.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by kristandthekids View Post



Quote:
Originally Posted by Jbouck5 View Post

Food (do you really want to eat in labor? I figure I should bring snacks)


It's common to puke when you're dilating. I didn't want anything other than ice chips.
But right after the baby was born I was STARVING! Your body wants iron rich foods to make up for that blood lost. It's one of the few times I've felt I just NEEDED meat.


 

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for sharing everyone! I totally forgot about bringing a nursing bra and top, which I don't even have yet anyway, will add that to the list for sure! Luckily, as long as everything goes ok and we don't need to transfer to the hospital, we should only be at the birthcenter for a few hours after the birth, then we can go home.

post #16 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jbouck5 View Post

Thanks for sharing everyone! I totally forgot about bringing a nursing bra and top, which I don't even have yet anyway, will add that to the list for sure! Luckily, as long as everything goes ok and we don't need to transfer to the hospital, we should only be at the birthcenter for a few hours after the birth, then we can go home.



I would recommend buying just one or two less expensive nursing tops or bras prior to the baby being born, it is handy to have in the hospital/birth center, but it will be a few weeks until you really know what size you will need. Just don't buy anything too pricy until you have a better idea of what size to get. Or get something forgiving like a night time nursing bra, the size does not have to be as accurate for those.

post #17 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by sarah2881 View Post

 Or get something forgiving like a night time nursing bra, the size does not have to be as accurate for those.


This has been a lifesaver for me! I can't fit into the nursing bra I got a couple months ago, and I can't shop for bras in regular stores. I got blessed with winning the genetic lottery and can't find bras that will fit in a store. My sleep bra is the best thing ever right about now. It doesn't give the lift and support I'd prefer, but it's a lot better and more comfortable than "freeballing" it.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: August 2011
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Archives › Pregnancy and Birth Archives › Due Date Clubs 2009 - 2012 › August 2011 › Stuff to bring to the birth center (hospital, home, etc...)