What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag
Here you will find a list of things that our doula clients and members of the Cincinnati Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting Support group (found here) have mentioned were most helpful during their births or things that they wished they had brought along!
Many have found that it is best to have a separate bag for birth and for postpartum.. or one bag for the parents and another for baby. This is helpful so that when you first go into the hospital, you can leave the baby stuff in the car until you move over to your postpartum room.
We hope you find this list useful in preparing for your big day!
Birth Plan or Preferences
A short and simple one page birth plan is good. Many birth plans include things like ''minimal pelvic exams, intermittent monitoring, a saline lock as opposed to an IV, delayed cord clamping, immediate skin to skin'' If you need help in knowing what your options are, find out more about our childbirth classes here.
Much of this list is applicable to both the birthing person & partner.
Comfortable Clothing for Labor and Post-Delivery
Comfort is key. The hospital does provide gowns and disposable underwear but you're welcome to wear your own clothes and some birthing people say that they feel more comfortable in their own clothes than in the hospital gown. In the same light, many people swear by those mesh underwear! You do you.
Tools for comfort in labor
These are things that some doulas keep in their doula bag but you're welcome to bring your own, especially if you're not using a doula.
Phone and Chargers Besides needing your phone for calling, texting, and updating your friends and family, you'll want to take pictures and may download apps for music in labor or a white noise app for sleeping. Don't forget the chargers.
Extra Pillows A couple extra pillows from home can help you feel a little more comfortable in labor, for husband/partner to sleep with and for nursing.
Extra bag for gifts and freebies - You will leave the hospital with more than you came with. Bring an extra bag for all the ‘freebies’ (i.e. diapers, wipes, disposable underwear, ice packs, etc.)
From Mom's Who've Been Through It...
Ditto on the energy drink (I prefer Body Armor, which they have at Target), energy chews, and healthy snacks. I brought my own hospital gown, and then switched to my button down PJs postpartum, and that’s all I wore until the day we left.
Last, but certainly not least... Don't forget to bring a doula!
Your doula can help you prenatally to know what your options are, at home, to know what stage of labor you might be in, when it's a good time to head to the hospital; she can help carry your bags, set up the lighting and music into your labor room. Overall, a doula is an extra (knowledgeable) set of hands when you need it most.
Contact us today to set up a free consultation to hear more about all that our doula group offers.
Who are we?
Cincinnati Birth and Parenting, LLC was founded by Molly Murray, a birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator. Through this growing company, Molly connects parents with information, resources, and support while also staying committed to building up fellow professionals and connecting them with the people who need their services most.