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What to Pack in Your Birth Bag


How to Pack Your Birth Bags

As a doula and a childbirth educator, I find it much more useful when couples actually pack two bags. One for use during labor and birth and one for use postpartum. I find that this prevents the lugging around of the things that won't be used until well after the birth. For this reason I will break this list in two separate bags. Please feel free to main me things that you think I have left out. This list will not be all inclusive but will cover the major items.

Your Labor and Birth Bag

  • Lip Balm
  • Watch with second hand
  • Tooth brushes for everyone and Tooth paste
  • Any reference book or pamphlet you might need (I prefer Birth Companion.)
  • Pillows from home (Use colored cases to distiguish from your birth place's linens)
  • Music you would like (You may need to provide your own CD Player or Tape Player)
  • Camera with film and batteries
  • Camcorder with charged batterie and accessories
  • Signed copies of your birth plan
  • Water bottles for ice
  • Your own wash cloths, colored ones work better
  • Waterproof pads for the car ride
  • Any clothes of your own that you wish to wear
  • List of people to call after the baby is born (include childbirth educator)
  • Massage tools (Oils, massagers, etc.)
  • Change of clothes for partner, including swim trunks for shower
  • Baby Book for getting the foot prints done by the nurse when she does the paperwork
  • Focal Point (If you want one)
  • Socks for mom
  • Special foods or drinks
  • Snacks for labor support
  • Calling Card for Long Distance Calls
  • Anything else you think you can use (Candles, pictures, etc.)

Your Postpartum Bag

  • Nursing bras
  • Going home outfit for baby
  • More film
  • Another change of clothes for partner
  • Your own personal night gown robe (They will get dirty!)
  • Personal Hygiene items (shampoo, your own pads, etc.)
  • Number of Le Leche League or other breastfeeding support
  • Number of diaper service (if you need to arrange for delivery)
  • Car Seat
  • Blanket for Baby
  • Going home outfit for mom (You will still be about 6 months pregnant looking)
  • Birth Announcements


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