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Hospital Bag / Homebirth List

post #1 of 45
Thread Starter 

So, I haven't planned a hospital birth for 11 years. I do have a list of things to pack, but am wondering if I am forgetting anything. What do you plan to pack in your hospital bag? 

 

If you are having a homebirth, please share what's on your list of items to gather. 

 

I think its only helpful to be prepared for both, anyway. No matter where you are planning to birth, sometimes plans can change! winky.gif

post #2 of 45

I need a refresher on some details too. 

So far I have packed a nursing jammy for me in case I don't want the hospital one; a coming home choice of clothes for Kait (one for a hot day, one for a cool day); favorite special baby blanket I made for her...

I need to add~ a nursing bra, lip balm, brush and hair elastics, toothbrush and paste, clothes for me to come home in, nursing pads...

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I know I am not thinking of some things...esp. for labour. 

post #3 of 45
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Originally Posted by StartingAllOver View Post

I know I am not thinking of some things...esp. for labour. 

 

Music, nursing salve if you don't use the stuff they give in the hospital. Overnight pads with wings. Otherwise I think StartingAllOver has a good list. :) Don't need a ton of stuff.

 

 

As for homebirth:

I am getting a birthing kit for free that was donated to my midwife from a mom who didn't use it. Going to go over any other things that were recommended to have prepared on her list because some of it seemed unnecessary to me. Gotta get the hose for the birthing pool too. 


Edited by dayiscoming2006 - 5/7/13 at 2:02pm
post #4 of 45

I haven't even starting thinking of packing a bag yet (maybe I should) but here's on my list.

 

I am bringing two bags. One of stuff to make me feel at home and another of equipment.

 

"Home" bag:

Tapestries to lay on chairs and/or couches or hang on wall with those sticky things

Ganesh Statue

Sage oil (can't burn in hospital) and difuser

Music CD and/or MP3 player

prayer beads or something similar to help me stay meditative

paint and or drawing pads

 

Other bags

Lip balm, hair wraps

nursing pads and bra

change of clothes

my own shampoo, deoderant, toothpaste etc

clothes for Jaya (LO)

possibly a change of clothes for H, since he's allowed to sleep over in the hospital

Food bars and Bolthouse smoothies to keep me going during labor and plus hospital food is icky.

post #5 of 45
Inconditus- I love that you're thinking about how to make the stay spiritually comfortable too. I've been thinking about packing a bag soon, and just got a gown to wear in the hospital, but I haven't built a list or anything yet.

I just know there's 3 things I'd DIE without-- the rest I could survive without:

Birthing ball
Mexican Rice Popsicles
Gown of my own
post #6 of 45
Oh man, I gotta start thinking of this stuff soon too. Before I forget though, I want to mention that my hospital has stopped providing diapers for the newborns and drastically cut back on pads for mom pp. So before I get off track with other things, I need to pack

Diapers
Pads
post #7 of 45
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Originally Posted by skycheattraffic View Post

Oh man, I gotta start thinking of this stuff soon too. Before I forget though, I want to mention that my hospital has stopped providing diapers for the newborns and drastically cut back on pads for mom pp. So before I get off track with other things, I need to pack

Diapers
Pads

 

Are you kidding? For how much is paid for a hospital birth, you think they could spring for it? Lame.

post #8 of 45
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Originally Posted by skycheattraffic View Post

Oh man, I gotta start thinking of this stuff soon too. Before I forget though, I want to mention that my hospital has stopped providing diapers for the newborns and drastically cut back on pads for mom pp. So before I get off track with other things, I need to pack

Diapers
Pads


OH MY GOSH ... are you serious?!?!?  They charge like $9000 (or more) for a normal vaginal delivery and they can't provide diapers and pads?!  This is NUTS!!  But I will be checking with my Dr at next weeks appt to find out if that's something that's been cut back on here as well.  I will be so sad about it!!  Although they probably provide pampers and we're using Honest diapers.  I'm not against Pampers, that's what we've used other than cloth but made the switch to natural this time for sposies.

 

I love the idea of this list because I was SO unprepared when L was born early and didn't have anything packed so maybe this time I'll look over all of your lists for inspiration and GET MOTIVATED!!!  I just turned to DH and asked if we should get the co sleeper out of the atic, in case I need to lay baby somewhere for a minute and he said "NOW? We've got 5 weeks!" LOL

 

Oh and I wanted to add ... my last hospital stay/birth was over $50k yes .. $50,000 for me being there 9 days and her being there for 14 days and I can't imagine them not providing those things!!  Oh, they also gave me pumping parts (2 complete sets to fit the Ameda line of pumps) and I used their pump (with my parts) every 3 hours while I was staying and several times while I was there each day in the NICU/SCN, they also gave me breast milk storage containers to bring home and fill and bring back.  Not sure if this new hospital does all that, I think we were spoiled at our old place!

post #9 of 45

List is all done and ready to go - will pack around 36-ish weeks!

 


My/Hubby's Bag:
iPhone & charger
Laptop & charger
Camera, charger & extra memory cards

Video Camera & charger
Earbuds
Insurance cards & ID
Birth plan
EMAB Lip balm
EMAB Nipple cream
Nursing pads
Nursing sleep bra
Non-skid fuzzy socks
Undies
Bathingsuit top for shower/tub laboring
Birthing gown
PJ pants and T-shirts x2 for hospital stay
Slippers
Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, ect..)
Pillows (2 from home, hospital pillows drive me nuts because they are flat as pancakes)
Boppy (found it super helpful in hospital for nursing in those first few awkward early days)
Ponytail holders & headbands
Herbal mixture for peri bottle/herbal bath
EMAB Sore Bottom Spray
Massage oil (coconut oil mixed with lavender EO)

Essential Oils (doTerra - lavender, peaceful child, elevation, peppermint, and clary sage)

Birth Ball & birth stool

Rice socks
PJs for hubby & 1-2 changes of clothes/undies/socks

 


Baby Bag:
2-3 outfits
Coming home outfit
CJs BUTTer
Cloth diapers, cloth wipes, wetbag
A&A Swaddle blanket
Carseat

 


Ava & Levi's Bag:
Nabi tablet, charger & earbuds
Change of clothes for each
Diapers & wipes for Levi
Coloringbooks & crayons
Puzzles
Levi's cars/tractors/trucks (small ones)
Snacks & cups/water bottles

post #10 of 45
Thread Starter 

Oops! Forgot to include my list (which probably looks a little different due to them not being my babies winky.gif )...

 

 

Overnight Bag:
chapstick
hair brush/bands
tooth brush and paste
mascara and eyeliner
slippers
cloth pads and ziploc bag
three days of clothes, etc.
 
Backpack: 
camera and charger
laptop and charger
cell phone and charger
 
Comfort Items: 
lavender spray (to negate some of the sterile smell of the hospital)
picture of my kids
pillows and lap blanket
yoga mat (in case I want to labor on the floor)
coffee mug (spent 6 days in hospital after a car accident, a real cup made a HUGE difference!)
 
Food: 
afterbirth meal (not sure what yet, will have it in freezer to bring with or have someone to pick it up)
birth day cake (made ahead and put in freezer to grab)
RRL tea
pink salt (cause I just generally travel with salt anyway...)
snacks (muffins, protein bars, fruit, veges, etc.)
 
Baby Stuff: 
canvas & paint (to do baby footprints for me to keep)
scale & sling and measuring tape (for pictures)
birth day "party" (sparkling juice, paper plates, fancy cups, forks, knife)
gifts for babies
post #11 of 45
IDK about sky's hospital, but ours does provide pads and diapers and gowns and panties and whatnot. It's just that they may not be the kind we want.

For example, I'm probably bringing my cloth diapers and the kind of pads I like best (I'm really picky about stuff on my lady parts.)
post #12 of 45

Shampoo, your own deoderant, lip balm, lotion. Forgot all those things last time and was annoyed. This time im staying home so i should be ok.

post #13 of 45
Don't feel too bad for me.... I'm in Canada so hospital birth is $0 out of pocket for all necessities. For instance DD's birth cost us $75 because we have semiprivate coverage and opted to upgrade to a private room for $25 a night. The provincial health insurance covers admittance to a ward as long as needed and necessary tests, surgery, etc. It's funded through taxes and the hospitals are cutting back some non-medical necessities in an effort to maximize the services they can offer on their limited budget. I dont really have an issue with it; I'd rather have my tax dollars go towards hiring more lactation consultants or surgeons than buying disposable diapers especially when I plan to bring my own cloth. Thank you for the support though, in a perfect world we'd all have access to great affordable healthcare and a few perks to boot:)
post #14 of 45
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Originally Posted by cinderella08 View Post

List is all done and ready to go - will pack around 36-ish weeks!

 


My/Hubby's Bag:
iPhone & charger
Laptop & charger
Camera, charger & extra memory cards

Video Camera & charger
Earbuds
Insurance cards & ID
Birth plan
EMAB Lip balm
EMAB Nipple cream
Nursing pads
Nursing sleep bra
Non-skid fuzzy socks
Undies
Bathingsuit top for shower/tub laboring
Birthing gown
PJ pants and T-shirts x2 for hospital stay
Slippers
Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, ect..)
Pillows (2 from home, hospital pillows drive me nuts because they are flat as pancakes)
Boppy (found it super helpful in hospital for nursing in those first few awkward early days)
Ponytail holders & headbands
Herbal mixture for peri bottle/herbal bath
EMAB Sore Bottom Spray
Massage oil (coconut oil mixed with lavender EO)

Essential Oils (doTerra - lavender, peaceful child, elevation, peppermint, and clary sage)

Birth Ball & birth stool

Rice socks
PJs for hubby & 1-2 changes of clothes/undies/socks

 


Baby Bag:
2-3 outfits
Coming home outfit
CJs BUTTer
Cloth diapers, cloth wipes, wetbag
A&A Swaddle blanket
Carseat

 


Ava & Levi's Bag:
Nabi tablet, charger & earbuds
Change of clothes for each
Diapers & wipes for Levi
Coloringbooks & crayons
Puzzles
Levi's cars/tractors/trucks (small ones)
Snacks & cups/water bottles

 

LOVE your list! 

 

I want to add bringing a robe (so my butt doesn't hang out for the whole world to see if I am walking through the halls)

for undies, I will bring my husbands briefs.... I am wearing them to sleep now, they are nice and comfortable around the belly. IF they get stained, we can just buy him new ones, which we probably need to anyways after this baby, because I am stretching them out :)

 

I am letting my husband pack his own bag. 

Also, our hospital has really good food. We live practically across the street from the hospital and often go there for dinner and lunches :) SO, I may just bring some snacky stuff, but I am looking forward to their food. 

 

I also want to bring my pump, so hopefully the lactation consultant can show me how to use it.... :) OMG WE ARE SO CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

post #15 of 45
Gah, I feel so behind like I need to go pack right this second. LOL oh and I have a super great pair of PJ's that are great for nursing that I'll bring with me that I wore last time too smile.gif
post #16 of 45
Hadn't even thought of husband's stuff... He better pack that himself, but I have a feeling he won't think to unless I push on it.

He's asked me to be more trusting of him and give him more responsibility--- but it says something about gender role assumptions that I am supposed to give it to him... Doesn't it?
post #17 of 45

This hospital bag thing is eluding me.  I get stuck when I start to think about it.  Like packing makes it seem more immediate.  Hubby picked out going home clothes and they are washed and waiting patiently in the drawer along with another a little bigger just in case.  Other then that I haven't been able to wrap my head around it. I just know that my hair brush and teddy bear will be accompanying me.

post #18 of 45
I told my DH about this thread and how interesting it was for me to see who was planning for their husbands, who is letting them take care of themselves, and who is in the middle, expecting them to plan for themselves but who are ensuring they do and know what to pack.

We compared it with our parents and talked about how it was always our moms who packed for trips, and how so far with us, I am the one who takes initiative to make lists for day trips, etc, though in the end he packs his own things.

I realized that on some level, it's that I am not trustin him enough-- but also that he's gotten lazier knowing I am on top of certain logistics.

He compared it to before we were living together, how he's done lots of traveling on his own and always was 100% on top of packi and planning for trips that required lots of special gear and logistics.

In the end, I am glad I brought it up, because I think I needed to reset our pattern and make it clear that though we share a lot of the burden of planning as a family, that I expect him to take care of his own basic needs without more than a gentle reminder, and then only if he hasn't mentioned that he's already thinking ahead.

I feel better about trusting him, but still nervous about letting go of some things.

How do you all feel about this division of responsibility?
post #19 of 45
I packed a hospital bag with my first and used exactly none of it! Lol. We've had home births since so I never bothered. Probably a bad idea but we are totally the fly by the seat of our pants type!

For the home birth, we will have extra sheets and a plastic sheet. Those big blue pads (like puppy training pads). A peri bottle, some herbs for after, my birth ball. Ummmm.... That's pretty much it!
post #20 of 45
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Originally Posted by heyitskalista View Post

I packed a hospital bag with my first and used exactly none of it! Lol. We've had home births since so I never bothered. Probably a bad idea but we are totally the fly by the seat of our pants type!
 

 

I think I'll make a list of things that would be needed if I transfer for hubby to get together. It would be very minimal. I would need my toothpaste, deodorant, clothes for going home for baby and me, breast salve and breast pads. I think transfer is pretty rare, so a list sounds better to me. Last time I packed a bag for baby and me and a bag for my other kids, so hubby could come with them to the hospital since we had no family or friends to watch our kids. But, it just seemed like a waste of time. 

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