This will be our first baby, and planning on doing as natural of a birth as possible, which OB supports. The hospital we chose also has a reputation of being natural-birth friendly, but keep in mind, it's a hospital!
Anyways, the doula who lead our birthing classes recommended some things to bring to the hospital. I liked all these ideas, but now that I'm packing the bags, it seems like a lot! I don't want to bring "too much" either. I thought I would run the list of the things I'm on the fence about by you guys, and maybe you have opinions on what will just be added clutter and what would be useful. Thanks in advance!!! :)
Note that the doula will not actually be there, this is just what she recommended.
-portable battery-operated fan for hubby to hold (instead of him fanning me with a magazine, she says). But I guess the rooms will have their own A/C, so how helpful would that be?
-yoga ball to sit on, because the position of sitting on it opens up the hip bones (hospital doesn't have them). Is there another position I can do where I don't have to lug a yoga ball?
-flameless candles: doula says it causes the nurses coming in and out of the room to speak in a quiet voice and be soothing (subconsciously)....so it's not necessarily just to calm me. However, I"m like....should I really bring these things?!?!
-someone said Preparation H, but would hospital provide that?
-plug-in heating pad. I feel this would be good.
Supposedly we should plan on at least 2 nights? I have some of the obvious things, like my own pillows/stuffed animal!, clothes, toiletries, snacks, drinks for me in a cooler (coconut water, Gatorade), laptop and other distractions. Any other suggestions are welcome. I would like to be prepared to be comfortable for the work of labor, so that I don't just kinda break down and then loose my stamina/focus, and then need more interventions (though I realize it's not that simple).....that is the mindset I am going for. I can be high maintenence when I'm in pain...but who isn't?
I plan on moving around as much as possible in my room.
Beyond that, I am just not really sure what "I" will need/want to feel comfortable. Thanks!