Everything but the kitchen sink. That's what I bring with me everywhere! My Grandma always said “you never know when you might get stuck somewhere without clean underpants”. Very true Grannie. So, when it comes to packing the bag to bring with me to the hospital to have a baby, you better believe that I am prepared!
I seriously wanted to have home births, no packing required, but my husband insisted that we go to the hospital. He explained that the labor was mine and I had full control of how things go, if he can just make the request to have it in a hospital setting — in case something goes wrong. As much as I wanted to protest, I honored his request because these are his babies too. So, I chose an amazing hospital that has a midwife group and is entirely open to any and all granola mama requests. Mama and Daddy are happy. I still plan to have the most natural birth possible, as I did with my first two deliveries. No medical intervention. This is why I am bringing my arsenal of goodies to help bring me and my precious baby through an amazing natural labor. I have had so many questions about this topic that I decided to put together a post about what to pack in your hospital bag for a natural labor, and I threw in a short video so you can see all the goodies too.
Here is my list:
- Baby Name Book
- Cloth Diapers
- Muslin Blankets
- Hazelnut Butter Packets
- Coconut water
- Slippers and Socks
- Fiddlebumps Goodies: Healing Balm, Belly Balm, Diaper Cream, Chapstick, Baby Balm, Nursing Cream
- Natural Rubber Pacifier
- Warm blanket (for the trip home)
- Homeopathic remedy — Caulophyllum: This remedy is often helpful to women with a history of irregular periods, difficulty becoming pregnant, or slow childbirth due to weak muscle tone of the uterus. Symptoms include discomfort during periods and a heavy flow of blood or other discharge. Drawing pains may be felt in the pelvic region, thighs, and legs. Stiffness or arthritis, especially in the finger-joints, often is seen when this remedy is needed. (source)
- Abdominal Binder
- Chocolates (for the hard working Nurses!) — note: the Dove chocolates I show in the video were a result of my not being specific enough with my grocery list for the hubby. He thought those were okay because they said “dark chocolate” on them. I also picked up some of these from my co-op.
- Etsy Nursing Hat and Baby Hats
- Chargers (phone and camera)
- First Outfit (for baby to wear home)
- Glasses and Toiletries
- Nursing Pads
- Clara Derm Spray — where to find
- Gentle Babies
- Hypnobirthing Book
- Lunch bag (to bring home my placenta to encapsulate!)
- Essential Oils (I only use therapeutic grade essential oils, you can find them HERE)
In the diffuser
- Peace & Calming: diffuse to create a relaxed atmosphere in the labor room
What do YOU plan to bring to the hospital, or what have you already packed. I would love to add some essentials to my list. Please leave your comments below.
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