Packing the Hospital Bag!

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Registered: 02-24-2011
Packing the Hospital Bag!
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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 1:01pm

I'm eager to get this show on the road! lol!

What are your must-have items to pack in the hospital bag? ANything you brought with you before that you didn't use?  Anything you wish you would have packed but didn't?

Hope, Mommy to Spencer Expecting Baby #2 09/17/12
Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Thu, 09-06-2012 - 11:42pm

aspenwillow, now that the big day is rapidly approaching, are you more confident about packing the hospital bag? If the day has come and gone, I hope some of the suggestions you received here were helpful.

Gail

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Thu, 08-16-2012 - 1:06pm

GRIN, comes from women who use "A Baby Story" in lieu of prenatal classes and get a surprise when they get to the hospital.

Gail

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Registered: 02-24-2011
Thu, 08-16-2012 - 10:50am
Thanks for the ideas, ladies! I'm a bit of a planner so this will help as I prepare. Great tip about asking about the hospital policy for cameras. I hadn't thought of that at all.
Hope, Mommy to Spencer Expecting Baby #2 09/17/12
Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Tue, 08-14-2012 - 11:33pm

Double check what the hospital policy is regarding cameras.  Apparently some hospitals will allow a camera that takes stills but not video.

Gail

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Sun, 08-12-2012 - 1:55pm

Here are some cool ideas from "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books" by Ann Douglas:

Labour Bag:

Health insurance card and proof of any extended health benefits you may have (I guess in America that would be your Insurance provider's card?)

Hospital pre-registration forms

Two copies of your birth plan

Sponges (these will help keep you cool)

A tennis ball or rolling pin (a rolling pin that can be filled with water is best) to massage your back (this is the one item I wish we'd used during my labour even though it was at home)

A frozen feexer pack (small) wraped in a hand towel

A comfort object, such as a picture to use as a focal point during labour (this is AWESOME because it helps you transition to your new position as Mother)

Massage oil or lotion (fight for this one because there is no reason not to have it)

Cornstrach or other non-perumed pwoder to reduce friction during massage

A hot water bottle

Lip balm or petroleum jell to relive dry lips

Audio visual equipment such as camer, video camera, a way to listen to music (check what the hospital allows)

paper and pens (at least they don't batteries, LOL!)

List of people to let know (do NOT include grandparents in mass text or e-mail, send them individual ones)

Snacks & drinks for your partner

Bathing suit or your partner if you're planning to use water to help ease contractions (some hospitals do allow you to labour in a shower or some form of birthing tub).

Change of clothes for your partner if it's a long labour

Books, magazines, deck of cards, something to help pass time if your labour is progressing slowly but surely.

I paraphrased what the book suggests and added some of my own thoughts.  :smileyhappy:  Hope this helps!

 

 

 

Gail