Your birth bag – what do you need?
Whether you are planning on having your baby at home or in hospital, it can be useful to have a few things handy to help you feel more comfortable and calmer in labour.
Here’s the basics:
- birth ball
- water & food to keep you both going – including chocolate buttons and/or jelly babies, bananas and dried fruit for a quick energy boost
- blanket/dressing gown for comfort and warmth
- socks – in case your feet get cold
- relaxing music, especially if you have used it in pregnancy. Your phone with headphones can be useful so you can focus and stay calm
- a small fan and/or water spray to help you cool down
- a straw to make drinking water easier
- your birth preferences list, your maternity notes and any handouts to remind you of positions and breathing
- lip balm – your lips can become dry in labour, especially if you are using gas & air
- inflatable bath pillow – perfect for using in the birthing pool
- hair clips/bobbles if you have long hair
- some women also like to use Rescue Remedy to help keep them calm
- massage oil
- TENS machine
- phone and charger for music and to talk to someone for support or to make birth announcements
- tooth brush and toothpaste if you want to freshen up
For the postnatal ward
- comfortable, loose fitting clothes
- big pants
- maternity pads/breast pads
- baby clothes and blanket
- cotton wool/wipes
- formula bottles (if you are planning on bottle-feeding)
- carseat for bringing your baby home
- sports bottle for water (makes it easier when you are in bed feeding/cuddling your baby)
- peppermint tea (it can help with trapped wind after a caesarean)
This is by no means a set list, just a few ideas of useful items.
antenatal educator, doula, postnatal group leader, baby massage instructor, parent life coach
I have worked with expectant parents since 2002 and I have taught antenatal classes almost weekly since 2005.
I am NCT-trained and, due to my knowledge, training and experience, I am able to provide information, support and reassurance for all expectant parents. My sessions are friendly and informal – not like a classroom – with small groups and 1:1 sessions so you can ask questions and gather all the information you need.In addition to general birth preparation, I specialise in being parent-focused so I can provide support for specific issues such as birth anxiety, giving birth again, being induced, planned caesareans and homebirths.
I am a mum of three and I have also worked as a birth doula, so I have attended a number of births.
If you have any queries, just send me a message…