(This is video is part 2 of a Facebook Live, Part 1 "Tips for Driving Laboring Woman to Place of Birth", is HERE.)
When your due date is nearing, you start to think about what to pack in your birth bag. You want to have everything you need, but through pregnancy brain, it may be difficult to know exactly what you need and don’t!
It’s very easy to over pack and bring unnecessary things with you. The hospital or birthing center will provide a lot of the necessities you’ll need during labor and after birth, so you’ll only need to pack some essentials to help you feel comfortable and prepared after giving birth.
As a doula, I have seen partners coming into the birth room looking like a pack mule! Well, it is your partner’s job 😉 to bring your bags in, but, if you can minimize the amount of stuff, that is a plus!
It is important to begin thinking about packing your hospital/ birthing center bag about 1 month before your due date. If you are a high risk pregnancy, even sooner.
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Before you pack your hospital bag, it’s helpful to know what your hospital or birthing center may provide. Of course, each facility is different, but you can count on your hospital to provide the basic necessities that you and your baby will need during your stay.
I recommend packing two bags — one smaller bag for the items you need during labor, and another bag with your overnight essentials and baby supplies, which can be kept in the car until it’s needed. You could also keep baby’s things separate in a diaper bag.
If you’re being induced, you may end up staying overnight before labor actually begins, so you may need both bags right away. In that case, you may want to bring reading material and a laptop or tablet device to help pass the time before labor begins.