Birth centers a offer low-tech, and comfortable place where you can bring your new baby into the world. While most are designed to be equipped with the items you might need for all stages of labor, there are always items that might help you feel more 'at home' as you guide this new life into the world. Below are some suggestions of items to include in your packing list to a birth at a birth center. You may choose to use some of the items, only a few, or change it up a bit to fit your own needs. As always, please consult with your medical provider about the use of these items.
Can be used both my mama and baby
Clothes to wear during labor and going home, a Bathrobe and Slippers
Think about bringing a bathing suit for you/your partner so that you can both labor in the water together.
Baby clothes and blanket for going home
Small bottle of Olive Oil
For perineal massage and for your baby’s bottom.
Orange Juice and Food for Postpartum
Small fish net
For Water Birth
Rice Pack/Rice Socks
Music /iPod/CD player
Cell phone and charger
Tennis balls, rolling pin, whatever favorite massager is
Toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash
Sports bra for labor,
nursing bra for after
Toiletries (Soap, Lotion, Shampoo, Chapstick)
Glasses and/or Contact Lenses and Solution
Pain coping technique flashcards, Affirmation Cards, Labor Notes
Regular meds you are taking, OTC or Prescription
Favorite pillow, Blanket, and anything else that makes you feel comfortable
If children attending, bring a backpack with snacks, toys, books, etc
Misc. Items for Partner
Change of clothes, book, music, etc.
You will also need a packed hospital bag in case you need to be transported. Suggested items include:
More changes of clothes
For a longer stay
Earplugs and Eye Shade
Cash for parking and
Coins for vending machines
Call list of people to announce the birth too
Please feel free share your own ideas for a birth center packing list!