Secrets of Labor Nurses: Insider Tips for an Easier Birth

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Jennifer L. W. Fink on Feb 4, 2011 at 2:44PM

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“[Some moms-to-be] come to the hospital with so much stuff, it’s like they’re moving in,” Schmidlein says, adding that most of it really isn’t useful at all. One thing that is, that you probably haven’t thought of? Swim trunks for your partner. Many laboring women spend at least some time in the bath or shower, and while Dads are welcome to join their partners, the nurses appreciate some modesty!

Instead of bringing everything but the kitchen sick, focus on comforting items, since that’s what the hospital really is lacking. Bring your own bed pillows since hospital pillows really aren’t all that comfortable (and it can be hard to track down enough for padding and positioning during labor). If you want to play music during your labor and delivery, bring along your own tunes -- and whatever you need to play them. While many hospitals now have free WiFi, you can’t count on an available CD player. You’ll also want to bring some snacks (popsicles are allowed during labor so keep some in your freezer and have your partner grab them before you go) and any special scented lotions (hospital toiletries are pretty basic) that will make you feel more like you.

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