Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Packing Your Hospital Bag for labour

Info provided by Breastmates breastfeeding store. WAHM to 2 babies. More information can be found here

Pack your bag at least 4 weeks before your due date!

Try to have your bag’s packed by around 36 weeks of pregnancy. This will make you feel more relaxed knowing you have got everything you need for your baby’s birth. If you take something out before you leave for the hospital stick a note to the top of your bag to remind you or your partner that it is missing. Check with your hospital or birthing centre to see what they have available for your use while in labour, you may be able to take in your favourite CD’s if they have a music system.

A comfortable, loose fitting nightie or T-shirt that you can wear through labour and give birth in. You should expect that this may get covered in the fluids from delivery.
A water bottle/sweets/glucose tablets.
Any snacks or drinks you would like to have on hand.
Your birth plan
Lip balm
Warm socks (your feet may get very cold during labour). You should be prepared to throw these away after the delivery.
Massage equipment – oils, creams.
Heat pack to relieve back pain
Camera and video camera
CD’s to play during the birth of your baby.
Drinks and snacks for your partner.
Phone cards and coins for making calls.

Continue reading what to pack in your hospital bag for your stay, and our tips on preparing for breastfeeding on our Breastfeeding Advice website here:

Good luck!!