Oh, how the tables have turned for the birth of baby Elijah. This time around, in contrast to Summer Elizabeth’s home water birth, I’ll be giving birth in a public Costa Rican hospital. Dun, dun, dun...
Although I did have some items packed away in case of an emergency with my homebirth, this time I must pack a hospital bag for the birth, lest I wind up in unfortunate circumstances leading to serious embarrassment. Example: A friend informed me last week that the hospital staff in the public hospitals here change the mamas’ CLOTH diapers in front of the world (or about 20 other women in the labor room)…. that’s not gonna be me!
When I travel, I travel very light. Just ask my husband. When I pack for the hospital, you’d better believe I’m not going to miss a thing! I’m not a beauty accessories & hair dryer, 3 outfits-per-day type of girl, so don’t expect that kind of hospital bag packing checklist here.
What you’ll see below is my list of birth bag essentials and just a couple of odds and ends that you can choose to leave behind, if that’s your style. Obviously, your hospital might provide necessities that my free public hospital would never consider handing out, so be sure to check before packing more supplies than necessary.
Final tip: Stash your hospital bag in the car as soon as you’ve got it 95% packed. You never know when you’ll go into labor and having it safely packed away will take away anxiety when the “big day” arrives.
What’s in my hospital bag:
- Birth plan
- I.D., pregnancy check-ups tracker from the govt., social security proof
Food (some not yet packed, but ready to go):
- coconut water (and straw) to drink during labor
- iced red raspberry leaf tea
- natural sports drink (for labor!)
- granola bars
- body wash
- facial wipes (best if kept chilled!)
- postpartum healing pads
- nursing tank (love this one!)
- 3 pairs of underwear
- warm socks
- yoga pants
- swim trunks for my husband, should he help me into the shower
- 2 pajamas
- handful of disposable diapers (Meconium stains cloth diapers)
- natural wipes
- MP3 player with playlist card attached
- labor massage oil
- Scripture cards
- frozen rosemary water in a squirt bottle (stashed in freezer, not yet packed)
- DIY tennis ball back massager
- husband’s guide to labor & delivery
What would you add to the list? What was your #1 MUST-HAVE item during birth? Tell me below in the comments!