Preparing for childbirth
Packing your bags
Try to have your bag’s packed by around 36 weeks of pregnancy. This will help you feel more reassured knowing you have got everything you need for your baby’s birth. If you take something out before you leave for the hospital stick a note to the top of your bag to remind you or your partner that it is missing. Check with your hospital or birthing centre to see what they have available for your use while in labour, you may be able to take in your favourite CD’s if they have a music system.
Here are a few ideas of things you may need:
- A comfortable, loose fitting nightie or T-shirt that you can wear through labour and give birth in. Expect that this may get covered in the fluids from delivery.
- A water bottle/sweets.
- Any snacks or drinks you would like to have on hand.
- Your Huggies Birth Plan
- Lip balm
- Warm socks (your feet may get very cold during labour). Be prepared to throw these away after the delivery.
- Massage equipment – oils, creams.
- Heat pack
- Camera, phone and/or video camera (ask before you start taking video footage)
- CD’s to play during your labour and baby’s birth.
- Drinks and snacks for your partner.
- Your Huggies Announcement Contact List
- Your mobile phone for making calls.
- Make-up and hair brush for immediately after the birth if you would like to touch up for the initial photos.
- Any of your usual medications.
- And a bottle of champagne.
Many women are discharged home on the same day after a normal vaginal delivery and after a vaginal delivery and 3-5 days after a caesarean section. Some hospitals and birth centres allow a night out with partners (usually to their on site restaurant or cafeteria) before being discharged, so you may wish to pack something for this event. Some hospitals and Birth Centres supply all of baby’s needs while an inpatient but others don’t supply very much. Check if they have any requirements before you arrive.
Other ideas for your stay in hospital:
- 3 easy to open night clothes (for breastfeeding)
- 3 nursing bras
- Breast pads
- Dressing gown or robe
- Toiletries and make-up kit.
- Plenty of underwear, perhaps even some disposable paper pants.
- 2-3 packs of U by Kotex Maternity pads
- A copy of your Huggies Hospital Stay Plan
- Print outs of your Huggies Announcement Contact List, envelopes and stamps.
- Day clothes and an outfit for leaving the hospital.
- You will also need to have an outfit for your baby to leave hospital. This should include a singlet, socks or bootees, nappies, outer garment, cardigan (dependent on the weather) and a blanket for in the car.
- Your phone.
For more information see Childbirth.