One of the most important things on a Parent's to-do list is packing their bag for the hospital. They've got all the baby clothes washed and put away and the nursery or sleeping space is set up and now they need to tackle to hospital bag! One of the most common questions I get as a doula is, "What should I take to the hospital?"
Good question! There are so many baby and postpartum items available and sometimes it's hard to know which ones are necessary and which ones can wait until you get home. After 5 deliveries of my own and attending many births as a doula I've created a list of the "must have" items that parents should bring to a birth.
The first must have is food. Most hospitals still don't allow eating during labor but they do allow liquids and you may be really hungry after labor so it's a good idea to pack some snacks.
Food & Supplements
These are the must haves in my book but feel free to comment or e-mail if you have comments or suggestions!
One of the most common questions I get from pregnant women is, "Should I make a birth plan?" My answer is yes! No matter what kind of birth you're planning, a comprehensive birth plan is a helpful step in knowing what your options are and what your primary and secondary goals are. Although your birth may not go exactly according to plan, it's important to let your care providers know what kind of birth you're hoping for and what your expectations are. You can begin your birth plan in pregnancy and it extends until the postpartum period and for your newborn as well.
One of my favorite birth plans is from Earth Mama Angel Baby's website. The plan is pretty comprehensive and can be re-written however parents wish. You can view the birth plan template here: