A Labor & Birth Bag Packing List

    By: Cara Terreri on Jun 02, 2014

    ball-squat.jpgMany expectant parents pack a bag for their stay in the hospital or birth center in the days and weeks before their due date time, but often, too much focus is on items needed after birth and for the baby. The following checklist outlines items you may want with you during labor and birth. You can pack a separate bag for postpartum and baby needs.

    Labor & Birth Bag Checklist

    For you:

    A copy of your birth plan


    Flip flops or other “shower shoes”

    Your own pillow with a case that is not white and that can get dirty

    Birth/yoga ball and pump (bring ball already pumped)


    Toothbrush and toothpaste

    Massage oil/lotion and massage tools

    Your own clothes to wear in labor (if desired and if you don’t mind getting them dirty)


    Reference guide or printouts for labor comfort reminders (Labor Lab or The Birth Partner are great!)

    Focal point or special item to hold in your hand

    Water bottle

    Nourishment: solids, liquids, easy to digest, hard candy – bring a variety

    Mints or gum

    Hair ties or clips

    Music (create a playlist or use a service like Pandora)

    Phone/iPad/laptop and chargers

    Heating pad or rice sock

    Essential oils or scents

    Anything else to make you feel comfortable ____________________________________

    For your partner/birth support:

    Change of clothes

    Food & drinks for your partner




    5 Hour Energy, coffee or something similar to help stay awake

    Have anything else to add? Tell us in the comments!

    Released: June 2, 2014, 4:00 am
    Keywords: Birth | Labor

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