I read through my old post and saw that I listed everything we packed in our bags for the birth center and said I would post an update about what we actually did use. I’m not going to go into Note’s complete birth story, but it was crazy and lasted only five hours, in which we never saw the midwife until she caught the baby. Anyway, we were never even able to bring our bags down from the car because we were rushed into one of the birthing houses, even thought we were told we could pick which one, and were waiting until we could go to the house we wanted to bring down the bags. So we really just used the bare minimum. I’ll strike out anything we didn’t use.
Carry Out: These are things daddy’s going to have to get and put in the vehicle if they’re not already in there.
- Towel and Trashbag – apparently a lot of people throw up during the car ride. I want to protect my truck! (I did throw up during labor… A LOT. Only on the car ride over to the birthing center however.)
- Mommy’s Bag
- Daddy’s Bag
- Baby’s Bag
- Car Seat – our base is already installed, but we don’t keep the carseat in the car.
Nursing Pillow – I’m taking a mombo. Cooler with Drinks and Meals – Since I still have morning sickness, Frank has a pre-approved list of foods that he can pack and eat that won’t make me throw up.
Mommy’s Bag: These are the things that are specifically packed in my bag.
- Nursing Bra (This goes with the going home outfit.)
Sports Bra – for walking around during labor in case I feel too hot for other clothes. Breast Pads Night Gown/Robe(I was going to labor in this, but I labored naked because I kept going in and out of the shower.) Slippers Socks – some fuzzy ones in case my feet get cold!
- Going Home Outfit – black pants, because there can be a lot of bleeding after delivery.
Toiletries – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, brush, gel Maxi Pads – for the bleeding. I’m making “soothing” ones following these instructions.(I was given a diaper and it was so much better at containing mess.)
- Hair Band – I’ll want my hair out of my face!
Contacts – I have really bad eyesight. If my glasses start to fog up, I will want to have an option that will still allow me to see.
- Old Underwear – because I hear all the underwear in the beginning will probably get stained. (This goes with the going home outfit)
Birth Plan – there is one in my patient chart, but it always helps to have extra copies!
Baby’s Bag: We are using cloth diapers, so decided to take those with us so we can start right away with cloth. I don’t think the birth center provides as much as the hospital, so maybe I am overpacking if it actually does provide items for baby.
2Newborn Outfit s– I think we only need one, but in case we stay overnight or have an accident in one. Hopefully Note can come home in the outfit that we picked for them to come home in! We are expecting an average-sized baby, so newborn size will be perfect. (Only one needed. Note didn’t get diapered and dress until we were about to leave.) Mittens 2 Swaddle Blankets 1 Swaddle Wrap – in case we can’t get the swaddling down quickly enough. 3Newborn Diaper s– we are using gDiapers. We will probably only experience one diaper while at the birth center, but I am taking more just in case. (Only one needed.) 3 Small Diapers – just in case these fit better than the newborn diapers. They are also gDiapers. 3 Extra Snap Liners – these are for the gDiapers specifically to make changes easier. They are only for the small diapers. Disposable Inserts – we are using these until the meconium stage passes.
- Baby Book – to record the birth details and get the tiny foot prints like they do on the birth certificate.
Nasal Aspirator Comb/Brush – for that little hair. Body Wash – we are still undecided if we will wait on the first bath and leave the vernix and all that stuff on until we take their first bath when the umbilical cord comes off.(We waited on the first bath.) Nail Clippers – newborn nails are usually a little long and they can scratch their face. Wipes – we are taking sample packs since I doubt we need much. Wash Clothes Towel Burp Clothes Wet Bag – These are to put dirty cloth diapers in. We wouldn’t need it if we were using disposables.
Daddy’s Bag: These are the things we packed in Frank’s bag. He is an extreme minimalist, so his list is extremely short.
Change of Clothes Pajamas – he only wants these because he gets extremely cold at night. Toiletries Snacks – he gets to carry any snacks we want that don’t go in the cooler in his bag. Massage Oil – This is for me, but I’m putting it in his bag. Props – he has a special scene he wants to set up for a right after birth picture. Kindle + Charger – he can be pretty restless when he is just sitting down, so he needs something to distract himself. Phone Chargers – These are really important! We have one back up in the car already in case we forget. This is probably an item we might forget to pack since we use them every day.
So, as you can see, I was completely overpacked. We stayed for about five hours of labor and then another two to three hours after the birth before we were discharged. I felt strangely dirty and just wanted to go home as quickly as possible! I hope this will help other parents see what they really need, especially when using cloth diapers and giving birth at a birth center.