What extras should I pack for birth at freestanding birhting center??? - Mothering Forums

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I know I have seen somewhere a good post about what to pack, and i have read other ones here and there, and i posted this in another place, but beyond the basics clothes, siwmsuit for the birthing tub, and clothes for baby, what little extras should i bring.
I am thinking about bringing my breast pump to possibly help with induceing, or progressing labor.
I like the idea of bringing the Bach Rescue remedy,
And some Arnica tablets
and some Mother's milk tea,
Got any ideas of things to pack, or any music I should get?

This list came from the natural parenting toolbox of Mothering Magazine
A couple of your favorite nightgowns or long pajama tops. You can choose one that is made for nursing, if you prefer.

Something comfortable for your feet such as slippers or socks, or maybe a pair of slipper socks with rubberized bottoms.

Hot water bottles, heading pads, and icepacks.

A tennis ball for massaging the back or other massage devices, such as a back roller.

Massage oil.

Essential oils, such as lavender.

Lip balm.

Lollipops. Some women report that sucking on lollipops is helpful during labor. Try one of the sour varieties.

Nourishing snacks for you and your partner.

Herbal teas.

A swimsuit for your partner so they can go in the shower or tub with you, if you like.

Music that you love, and a CD or tape player.

Candles and matches.

Large sanitary pads (though birth facilities will have these on hand).

Witch hazel or a witch hazel/aloe combo for soothing the perineal area.

Hair accessories, particularly hairbands, if you have longer hair.

A journal.

Inspirational quotes.

Any photograph, mandala or other object that inspires you and could be used to focus on during labor.

A camera or camcorder.

A list of phone numbers or address book so that you can easily place calls after the birth.

Nursing pads.

An outfit for your baby to wear.

An infant car seat.
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