Pack the Perfect Hospital Bag for Birth
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8/12/2015 4:43:00 PM
No baby preparedness checklist is complete without the perfect hospital bag.

Pack the Perfect Hospital Bag for Birth

Beaumont Health

Pack the Perfect Hospital Bag for Birth

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There’s no such thing as being too prepared. No baby preparedness checklist is complete without the perfect hospital bag.

During the final weeks of your pregnancy, you should begin to collect the things that will be of aid and comfort to you and your coach during labor. Here is a list of things to put in your labor bag and other items for your comfort bring to the hospital:

LABOR ITEMS FOR BIRTHING PARENT

  • Insurance information, photo ID, any hospital paperwork, name and phone number of maternity care provider and baby doctor 
  • Comfortable clothes, robe, thick non-skid socks or slippers, and flip-flops
  • Lip moisturizer, massage lotion or massage oil
  • a bath pillow and waterproof knee pad are both optional items that have been suggested for more ease and comfort with different positions in the jacuzzi tub
  • Massage tool, a tennis ball is suggested
  • Favorite comfort item from home, such as a pillow or blanket 
  • Focal point, consider an object, photo, or baby item
  • Diversions for long or induced labor
  • Music or audio recordings for use with headphones, ear pods, or blue tooth speaker
  • Ambient lighting, such as LED candles or string lights 
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, lens case and solution, hair ties, makeup, body wash, and basic toiletries
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Current medication list, include name, dosage, and how often it is taken
  • Copies of Birth Plan or enlarged document to post
  • Optional items include bathing suit for hydrotherapy, sports bra, or camisole tops 

POSTPARTUM HOSPITAL STAY ITEMS

  • Comfortable, loose lightweight clothing for at least three days and an outfit to wear home
  • Sanitary pads, disposable underwear, or 8 – 10 cotton underwear that can be thrown away
  • Comfortable nursing bras (no underwire) and breast pads
  • Optional items include eye mask, ear plugs, breastfeeding garments, nipple cream, baby book, nursing pillow, and insulated container for fluids 
  • Snacks and hydration

LABOR / HOSPITAL STAY ITEMS FOR PARTNER

  • Information on hospital location, parking, and entrance to hospital and family birth center
  • Cash for vending machines, cafeteria, and food services
    Sandwiches, snacks, hydration for labor and hospital stay, and insulated container for fluids
  • Basic toiletries, breath mints, gum, and mouth spray or rinse
    Cell phone and charger cords for all devices and camera with batteries and memory card
  • Change of clothes for three days, including appropriate sleep attire, bathing suit (for tub or shower assist during labor), and an extra layer for warmth
  • Notepad or journal, pen, photo ID, updated text / call list, prescription medication, and pillow

FOR BABY

  • Rear facing infant car seat (removed from box and installed) 
  • Seasonal outfit for discharge home and one extra light layer such as a sweater
  • Baby nail clippers or baby nail file
  • Light blanket, socks or booties, and a hat
  • Footprint supplies, though this might be provided by the hospital

PROVIDED BY HOSPITAL 

  • Labor tools include, birth ball, peanut ball, essential oils, heating pad, and hydrotherapy
  • Hydration and food as indicated for labor and during hospital stay
  • Linen, including pillows, hospital gowns, wash cloths and towels
  • Postpartum care items include sanitary pads, peri wash bottle, and mesh underwear
  • Baby items include, infant formula, undershirts, diapers, blankets, burp cloths, wipes, and skin care

ITEMS YOU SHOULD NOT BRING TO THE HOSPITAL

  • Jewelry, large amounts of cash, and other valuables
  • Personal breast pump
  • Medication for birthing individuals, including vitamins, as they will be provided by the hospital pharmacy
  • Candles and diffusers 
  • Baby clothes other than the discharge home outfit
  • Baby bottles and nipples

CAR SEATS

Read your car seat instructions carefully so that you know how it works. You will need to bring it into the hospital to show your nurse prior to discharge.

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