Labor & Delivery Bag

Often times I find myself, my clients, and my friends scouring the internet for things to pack for their birth. If you’re having a home birth, you likely won’t need to “pack a bag” but it would be nice to have a few things on hand for your labor and delivery. Here is a (rather lengthy) list of items you may want to pack or have on hand. Please note that this is an extensive list, you may find that your personal bag may vary!

  • Your Birth Plan!
  • Coconut water – it’s incredibly important to stay hydrated! This is a favorite among laboring momma’s
  • Honey sticks – these make great little pick me up’s as an energy boosting snack during labor
  • Snacks for you and your labor partner(s) – or treats for your midwife/nurse/hospital staff – hard candies and mints are great
  • Your own pillow(s)  and blanket – this is great for post delivery snuggles AND the blankets provided for your spouse/birth partner are thin and not super snuggly
  • Toiletries – toothbrush/paste, deodorant, hair ties, glasses/contacts. Some like to bring their fav chapstick or lip gloss for visitors after and to keep those lips moist during labor
  • Nursing bra or tank top
  • Slippers
  • Comfortable clothing to wear after delivery, you may be sore and swollen so be mindful if you like/don’t like restricting-type clothing or visa/versa – you may want to pack one extra pair of pants in the event you accidentally bleed onto what you’re wearing
  • Boppy
  • Nipple cream
  • Camera
  • Cell phone/electronics chargers
  • Newborn/infant clothing – or “Going Home” outfit
  • 1-2 Swaddle Blankets – although the hospital provides swaddles, you likely won’t take those ones home with you
  • Change of clothing for Spouse/birth partner(s) – some rooms tend to get hot or cold so layers are a great idea for your spouse or birth partner
  • Essential oils and diffuser if desired
  • Tucks Pads – these are great for postpartum relief and healing
  • Dermoplast – some love this as it temporarily numbs the vaginal/rectal area and provides relief from pain
  • Freezer meals – you won’t bring these with you, but they are a great idea to have on hand once you get home – but hopefully your friends and family have set up a meal train for you 🙂
  • If you have a preferred labor gown or outfit – be sure to have that on TOP so you can grab it and change as soon you would like it
  • Breast pump – however most hospitals can provide if needed, but baby is best on the boob!
  • Pads – Hospitals often have great pads for postpartum care – but you’ll want some at home for the recovery – as you may bleed for longer or shorter amount of time than expected
  • If you plan to use a birthing tub you may want a swim suit top – sometimes these are easier to remove once wet than a sports bra
  • Insurance information
  • A device that can play music – iPhone, smart phones, portable speakers
  • Mood setting props – battery-powered tea light candles, pictures, or printed birth affirmations
  • Burp Cloths
  • New born diapers – hospitals provide the diapers and actually often you’ll have extras they let you take home
  • Car Seat!

Anything else that will make you feel most at home and comfortable!