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What to pack for birth center

What to pack for birth center
September 09
09:49 2014

Packing for birth center can be tricky, especially if you are about to deliver your first baby and there is no one who can guide you. It is more like packing for a mystery holiday, no matter how much stuff you try to pack, there are possibilities that you will miss that one most important thing that you will need badly when hospitalized to deliver your baby.

Therefore, it becomes essential to create a checklist, so that you can have everything in your proximity that will make delivery and after birth smooth and hassle free.

What to pack for labor:

  • Pregnancy and other medical records
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Socks
  • Most comfortable night suit to wear during labor
  • Lotion or massage oil
  • Lip balm
  • Healthy snacks
  • Digital camera or recorder. Check with your hospital before adding them to your hospital checklist, as not all hospitals allow recording during delivery
  • Magazines or spiritual books that can help you kill time and relax
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • A hot water bottle, for soothing back pain
  • Plastic bag to keep dirty clothes
  • A pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Wet wipes

For your labor coach or partner:

  • A change of clothes
  • Snacks
  • Debit/credit cards
  • Medical insurance papers
  • Mobile phone and charger

For after the delivery:

  • A comfortable going home dress. Make sure you pack a loose, comfortable dress to wear while returning home with your newborn, as it will take some time for your tummy to go down, so you will still have to wear maternity dress.
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • Few packs of sanitary or maternity pads
  • Nightdress with adjustable sleeves or the ones with front opening. They are helpful in the early days of breastfeeding
  • Toiletries, hair comb, make up
  • Set of old panties. Don’t pack your favorite ones, as they will get spoiled.
  • Wipes or clean soft cotton napkins that you can use to gently wipe and dispose off
  •  Contact numbers of friends and family

For your newborn:

  • Loose, comfortable soft outfits for the starting days. (cotton jhablas and lose single piece outfits are great)
  • A cotton roll to clean your baby
  • Baby wipes
  • Soft cotton sheets
  • Waterproof sheet protector/ baby mackintosh to keep your bed dry
  • Few soft hand towels and towel
  • Soft baby blankets
  • Nappies and nappy cream
  • A pair of socks
  • Cap
  • Jackets and sweaters
  • Nappy pads
  • Approved car seat

What not to pack:

  • Jewelry
  • Other valuable stuff and lots of cash

You can also take suggestions of elders or friends who have babies; suggestions of experienced women always prove beneficial and helpful.

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