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    Preparing for Natural Childbirth: Part 3 – What to Pack

    This post makes me laugh a little, because I started working on this post weeks ago, before Annabelle was born. At the bottom, I note what I actually used at the birth center, keeping in mind I was only there for 45 minutes before baby was born! This is part 3 of a series. You can read part 1 and part 2 here. 

    Your birth center should give you a detailed list of what to pack, since what the birth center provides at the birth will vary with each birth center (for example, at my first daughter’s birth, the birth kit–gloves, chux pads, etc.–was provided. This time, I had to purchase a birth kit and bring it). Here’s what’s in my birth center bag. I didn’t really change anything from what I packed last time; in fact I may have packed fewer items! The difference is, I’m packing for a toddler this time, too! Keep in mind that although we’ll be home about 4 hrs after baby is born, it’s still a good idea to pack as if you’re staying overnight.

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    I put everything in a carry-on size bag. It holds everything (minus the birth kit) for myself, my husband, our 2 yr old, and the new baby.

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    The toddler (Judith’s) bag contains:

    • 2 changes of clothes
    • 2 sets of undies
    • Snacks (granola bars, chewy fruit candies, and fruit we’ll throw in the bag as we’re leaving)
    • A few toys and small books are a good idea to bring too (there are toys that she loves at the birth center already, so I didn’t pack any. Check with your birth center to see what they have so you know how much to bring.)

    The birth center has a TV in the living room/waiting area, but I’m guessing my husband will bring his laptop with all our digital movies downloaded to it so she can watch those if she wants to.

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    The newborn bag contains:

    • 2 long sleeved outfits (one newborn size, one 0-3 mos.)
    • 2 cloth diapers and 2 disposables (disposables first for easier cleanup after meconium, cloth for afterward)
    • Hat
    • Socks

    My toiletries bag contains:

    • Lip balm
    • Peppermint beadlets to keep everyone’s breath fresh (total necessity when we’re all probably going to be awakened in the middle of the night for this party 😉 )
    • Shot glass and OnGuard essential oil (my DIY mouthwash is 1 drop OnGuard in a shot glass with water – last time I threw up once during labor, and I’m bringing this to rinse my mouth out afterward)
    • Toothpaste and toothbrush
    • Bobby pins
    • Hair ties and elastic headbands

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    • Cards with directions on how to use essential oils for almost anything that could happen in labor, so my loved ones know exactly what to do to help
    • Flameless candles

     

    • Swimsuit top (since we’re having a water birth)
    • Comfy pants and a couple shirts
    • A dress to wear home

    • Box with all my essential oils

    Annabelle was born 45 minutes after we arrived at the birth center. Out of all that stuff I packed, we used:

    • Dress for me to wear home
    • Depends
    • One disposable diaper
    • Baby’s outfit to wear home

    That’s it. Haha! It was so quick we didn’t have time to use anything else. I wouldn’t change anything I packed, though, because I didn’t know I’d give birth so quickly. You just never know!

    What were you glad you packed for labor/delivery? What did you wish you had packed?

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