What I’m Packing in My Hospital Bag
I can’t believe that I could give birth ANY FREAKING DAY. Actually…I can. I’ve been pregnant for 12 years now so I can totally believe it. Since this girl can greet us any day, I have my birth center bag packed and the car seat installed! If everything goes well and I don’t run into any complications, I am giving birth at a birth center, which runs a little differently than a hospital. We go home 4-6 hours after birth so we don’t need a ton of different stuff since we will be home soon…BUT if something does happen, I also want to have enough with me at the hospital. So I’m trying to find a balance of both, knowing family is close by and can bring us things, if needed. Hopefully my hospital bag list helps you pack your own bag during your exciting and transformative time!!
Things our birth center/my doula has so I’m not personally bringing:
Essential Oil Diffuser/Essential Oils
Shampoo & Condition/Body Wash
What I’m packing:
Extra Soft Blanket
Snacks (I know all hospitals are different, but I’ve heard that many don’t let you eat. Luckily that’s not the case at the birth center so I will be bringing a lot of snacks with the ensure I’m well nourished and have sustainable energy throughout the birth experience and after…that is, if I can eat):
- Peanut Butter Packs
- Honey Packs
- Raw Cheese
- Trail Mix
- Dried Fruit
- Honey Bunchies Bar
- Pro Live Bar
- Electrolyte packets
- Milk + Protein Powder
- Coconut Water
Since I just recently gave birth, I thought I would update this post with exactly what I used from the bag. In summary, I had a fairly short labor and I did not have to be transferred to the hospital for any reason. That meant that after I gave birth around 8:30am, we went home around 1:30pm. All this to say, I didn’t need much. Here is what I did use from the bag:
Nursing Bra (the one I wore to the birth center and the only thing I had on during birth)
Honey Bunchies Bar (only thing I could stomach)
Electrolyte packets (absolute must)
Newborn Outfit (which was FAR too big)
For After Birth:
Extra Soft Blanket (I got the shakes pretty bad and the blanket was really comforting)
For the ride home:
In the end, I really didn’t need much since we went home so quickly and I used a lot of that stuff once I was home. That being said, I’m glad I packed it all because birth could have easily gone a different way. Many essentials were at the birth center, like pads and postpartum underwear, so I really didn’t need much! I hope this update gives you more insight into what it looks like if you give birth in a birth center and also helps you pack your own bag wherever you plan to give birth!
Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.
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