Packing for the Birth

It’s almost baby time! And do you have your birth bag packed? Whether you are giving birth at home, a birth center or hospital there are some things you’ll want to have ready to go when you go into labor. And this list is to get you started on which items you should have ready for you, your birth partner and your baby. You’ll labor at home as well even if you’re birthing in another location, so some of these you’ll use at home during your labor. I recommend packing your bag between 32 – 35 weeks of pregnancy so you aren’t worrying about this as you get ready to birth your baby.

For Mama

  • Birthing clothing of choice (will need to have easy access to back, belly and vagina)
  • Slippers, flip flops and/or socks
  • Hair bands to hold your hair back (in case you want that)
  • Birth plan and birth affirmations
  • Heating pad
  • Essential oils (premixed)
  • Massage oil
  • Reusable and refillable water bottle with a bendable straw
  • Snacks
  • Relaxation CDs
  • Rebozo
  • Visualization/focus item
  • Comfortable clothing change for mother – think sweat pants comfortable
  • Sanitary pads (BIG nighttime ones)
  • Cotton underwear (big and comfortable)
  • Sitz bath spray or bottle
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Essential oils mists for relaxation
  • Breast pads

For Partner

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Swim trunks
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Wallet, cell phone and camera
  • Snacks

For Baby

  • Hat and 2 long sleeve cotton onesies per day
  • Diapers & natural wipes
  • Receiving blanket
  • Installed carseat

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