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Packing for the Hospital or Birth Center

Woohoo! It’s finally time! You’re headed off to the hospital or birth center to have your little baby, but what to pack? Just like packing for a weekend away, take the necessities, but make them things that make you feel great, and make you feel like YOU!

Here's the list:

A picture ID (driver's license or other ID)

Your insurance card, and any hospital paperwork you need

Your signed birth plan, if you have one

Eyeglasses and or contacts

Toiletries: Toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, a brush or comb, lotion, makeup, and a hair band or barrettes.


A couple of organic maternity nightgowns, pajamas, or bring your own organic hospital gown like this one from Hot Mama Gowns!

Warm socks or slippers

Change of clothes for you and your partner

Your favorite pillow

Massage tools (oil, rollers, tennis ball, etc)

Possible  diversions for a long labor: puzzles, magazines, books, a deck of cards, your laptop, or handheld electronic games

Any music you’d like to play

Photos, trinkets, or any other inspiration.

Camera and/or video camera

Call list to announce the event to friends and family

Cell phone charger

Comfy nursing bras like Majamas and 1 in the Oven) and soft, reusable breast pads like these Bamboobies.

Organic Maternity Underwear Try the organic Bamboo “Perfect pregnancy panty” from Pure Belly.

*The hospital gives mamas disposable mesh underwear to help hold postpartum pads in place; that women love. If you’re having a home or birth center birth, and want some of your own, you can find them here!

A journal and pen to record your memories and feelings of your experience while they’re fresh and you have a few quiet minutes

A yummy receiving blanket or organic swaddle blanket

“Going home outfit” with hat for baby

For your partner: toothbrush and toiletries, swim trunks if opting for a water birth, a book, magazine or puzzles for any free time, any snacks (not smelly ones) that he may want.


For a birth center birth, you will only be there a few hours after you deliver, so you might edit your bag a bit, as you may not need as much.

Good luck, have an awesome birth, and you’ll soon take home the sweet fruit of your labor! (get it?)

What did YOU take that I missed or that you couldn’t have done without? Leave a comment here for all of us, and if you have a question I can answer next week, email me!

xo Melanie





Reader Comments (1)

Great list!

I took Zoe Organics Nipple Balm and it was a lifesaver! Those first few days of breastfeeding require a good balm that is safe and natural. I didn't want to use the Lansinoh that the hospital offered.:)
Sep 19, 2011 at 3:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterHeather Hamilton

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