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Packing Your Birth Bag

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Toiletries:

  • Tooth brushes for everyone and Tooth paste
  • Any clothes of your own that you wish to wear
  • Change of clothes for partner, including swim trunks for shower or pool
  • Socks and loose pants. It is a good idea to keep your feet and low back warm during labor.
  • Lip balm
  • Hair bands
  • Face clothes or sponges
  • Facial Spray

Snacks and Drinks such as:

  • Red raspberry leaf tea
  • Labor Aid
    1/3 cup lemon juice
    1/3 cup honey
    1/4 - 1/2 tsp. Salt
    1/4 tsp. baking soda
    1-2 calcium tablets, crushed,
    Add enough water to make one quart. You can add an additional eight ounces of water for a milder flavour, or you can flavour this blend with your favourite juice.
  • Small baked potato
  • Sandwiches
  • Cold pasta salad
  • Rice salad
  • Tabbouleh
  • Bowl of cereal
  • Dried fruits
  • Bananas, apples, oranges, grapes
  • Celery and carrot sticks
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Cereal bars
  • Nuts and raisins

Distractions:

  • Music and music player
  • DVDs and DVD players
  • Magazines
  • Cards

Comfort measures:

  • Pillows with colored pillow cases
  • TENS machine
  • Massage Oils

Homeopathic Remedies

  • Arnica 6c, taken before and after labor for bruising
  • Caulophyllum 6c, to induce or speed up contractions
  • Pulsatilla 6c, for emotional upset and changing moods
  • Nux vomica 6c, for nausea or backache
  • Birthing Balls

To capture memories:

  • Camera with film and batteries
  • Camcorder with charged batteries and accessories
  • Baby Book for getting the foot prints done by the nurse when she does the paperwork

Other

  • Any reference book or pamphlet you might need
  • Signed copies of your birth plan
  • List of people to call after the baby is born (include childbirth educator)
  • Calling Card for Long Distance Calls

Your Postpartum Bag

  • Nursing bras and pads (preferably the washable, soft ones.)
  • Breastfeeding book
  • Going home outfit for baby
  • Blanket for Baby
  • More film (Though you can buy this for higher prices in most gift shops.)
  • Another change of clothes for partner and any toiletries needed
  • Your own personal night gown, robe (They will get dirty!)
  • Personal Hygiene items (shampoo, your own pads, etc.)
  • Number of La Leche League or other breastfeeding support
  • Number of diaper service (if you need to arrange for delivery)
  • Car Seat with instructions
  • Going home outfit for mom (You will still be look to be about 6 months pregnant. Most women where the clothes that they wore to the hospital, some bring nursing shirts.)
  • Birth Announcements, stamps, envelopes