What to pack in your hospital bag
I admit it. Before having children I was a bit of a control freak. Despite having used hypnobirthing to prepare for the birth of my first child, I really believed that if I had everything on the 'list' then the birth would take care of itself - at least as far as the hospital side of things was concerned. Don't pack like I did...as if you are going on a round-the-world trip.
But if you are coming to the end of pregnancy packing your bags and setting them to one side can really help you feel more mentally-prepared. Here are some of the things you might like to think about including...
- Handheld birth notes
- Maternity Pads - the extra bigs ones
- Huge comfortable knickers - they don't have to be the disposable spray-tan type. Buy a pack of cotton ones (think granny) a couple of sizes too big
- Nightie/PJs - if you are thinking about breastfeeding and skin-to-skin get something that's easy to access at the front (I got a great long 'granny' nightie that was lovely soft cotton but a nightmare to keep pulling up to feed!)
- Hand-held fan - labour can be hard, hot work. A way to cool off can be great
- Toiletries - travel-size ones if you want to travel light. Brushing your teeth/having a shower can feel lovely after birth an having a couple of nice toiletries adds to this
- Drinks & snacks - there is no reason why you shouldn't keep your energy levels topped up during birth. Tasty snacks and drinks will give you a boost
- Nappies - not just one or two like I took with me. Throw in the whole packet
- Clothes - a few sets, vests and baby-gros. If you feel really 'on it' you could have a newborn and a 0-3 month version. My 9lb 10oz bubba was bursting out of his specially bought John Lewis newborn baby-gro!
- Muslin cloths - you'll get through more of these than you think, take them
- Cotton wool - hospitals tend to provide top and tail bowls whilst you are there, cotton wool is softer on babies skin than wet wipes
FOR YOUR BIRTH PARTNER
- Change for the car-park. Reduce your stress levels, have it all there (also works for vending machines)
- Snack bag - your own personal snacks, it's important to keep your energy levels up, and also means you don't have to raid your partner's
- Phone charger - make sure you can stay in contact with others with baby announcements and be able to take lots of pictures of your new bubster
- Toiletries - for you to freshen up. Feel more comfortable too
For more top tips for how to prepare for a positive birth experience my next group hypnobirthing workshop will be March 17 at the beautiful Creative Calm studios in Prestwich. The day costs £195 and birth partners go free.
Click here to book or find out more.