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This is the actual hospital check list we are using for going to our birthing center. Which I do have to say is going to be much different than a hospital for quite a few reasons.
- We will have access to food and drink throughout the whole labor, there is a mini kitchen we can utilize.
- There will be medical staff and medical supplies in the building they keep them in rooms away from the labor rooms to keep it out of sight and hopefully put patients at ease in the rooms.
- There are full soaking tubs in each birthing room, queen size bed, rocking chairs, chairs without arms and bathrooms for each room.
- They also utilize different pain management techniques mostly based in educating the pregnant person what will be happening and when. As well as
- Acupressure and Acupuncture
Overall I am just thrilled to be part of, if things go to plan, a natural birth. This is never to say any birth is necessarily un-natural. Every person becomes a mother at the end of a pregnancy no matter how she delivers, no matter what she utilizes for delivery as well. There is never shame to be had for any thing that happens during labor and delivery. If you have to augment labor that is what you need for a healthy baby. All that matters is baby and mommy being healthy.
This being said, I have things that I will be packing that most women will probably not. I have a list of items for a cooler to come with us. There are also somethings I will be bringing with me to the birthing center most would probably have provided or no necessity for; I will be bringing my own diapers, pads and everything for baby. I will need to bring a trash bag for any disposable diapers baby and I use during the stay as the facility does not have frequent trash pick up.
Now that we have established that every birth is never the same, as no mommy and baby(ies) are the same here we go!
I will be packing as if everything goes to a worse case scenario and we will be spending 3 days in the hospital.
- 1 Zip-Up Hoodie (Ease for Breast Feeding)
- 1 Robe
- 1 Slippers (Tried and True already Broken In Ones)
- Shower Sandals
- 2 Nursing Bras
- 3 Pairs Nursing Nipple Pads
- 3 Nursing Shirts
- 3 Pants/Skirts
- 2 Pajamas
- 2 Swim Suits (this is for the hydro-birthing portion of my stay at the birthing center)
- 3 Pairs Comfy Socks
- 2 Pairs Underwear ( I anticipate being solidly in diapers after baby has arrived)
- Tooth Paste
- Body Soap
- Body Lotion
- Body Oils ( Vitamin E, Coconut, Shea Butter)
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Spotify Labor Playlists
- Downloads of Hypnobirthing Mediations
- Massage Gun
- TENS Unit
- Personal Pillow and Blanket
- Grapeseed Oil for Massaging
- Popsicles, Gatorades, Mints, Snacks (Trail Mix, Fruit, Jell-O, Granola Bars, easy canned soups, etc.)
- Essential Oils
Post Partum Care
- Nipple Cream or Coconut Oil
- Breast Cold/Hot Compress
- Perineal Cold/Hot Compress
- Perineal Compress Covers
- BABYGO Belly Compress
- Donut Pillow
- Dermaplast Spray (Bring One to the Hospital and get more for at Home!)
- Tucks Md Cool Hemorrhoid Pads (Good before the baby comes as well to help with any discomfort)
- Trash Bag for Diapers
- Diaper Bag
- Going Home Outfit
- Nail Clippers
- Car Seat
There will be a free downloadable, printable at the bottom of the page!
I am again so excited for what lies ahead for Anthony, our baby Forrest and I. Please let me know in the comments below if there would be any additions you would make or what you will be trying or have tried for comfort during the labor and delivery process. What tips and tricks do you have for making a smooth transition from hospital to home? We have a 45 minute drive from our hospital home through mostly back roads and mountain scape. How would you make this as comfortable for a baby and yourself, with no stops?
Can’t wait to hear from you!