Whether your due date is months off or your trip to the family birth center is imminent any day now, having your hospital bag packed will ensure Mom, Baby, and Mom's partner are comfortable and prepared. The perfect maternity bag should stick to the necessities and be stored in an easily accessible place so you can just grab it and go. Below are some items to include.
Mom should put multiple copies of the birth plan, as well as an ID, insurance card, and any other hospital-related paperwork or documentation in a folder and store it in the maternity bag. Loose-fitting clothes, a bathrobe, and slippers will help make the stay at the family birth center more comfortable. Toiletries are also essential; pack body lotion, lip balm, maternity pads, and, if you're planning to breastfeed, nipple cream. It is also smart to pack a pillow or two from home, a long cellphone charging cord, and a small spray bottle that can be filled with water and sprayed on your face to keep cool during labor.
For Her Partner
Your partner should be comfortable, too. Pack snacks, extra cellphone cords and chargers, and a few entertainment items, like books. Remember, delivery can be a long process, so a change of clothes and some travel toiletries should also be included in the bag.
For the Baby
Contact the family birth center where you will be delivering and get their policy on what clothing is acceptable for newborns in their care. Then, pack accordingly. This usually means a few bodysuits, socks, and booties, as well as an outfit to wear home. If you're bottle-feeding, pack at least two bottles. Also, make sure an appropriate car seat is in the car.
With your bags packed and ready to go, now you just have to wait for your baby to make their grand entrance. Santiam Hospital offers a comprehensive family birth center and women's health clinic. Since 1953, they have been providing a wide range of primary, preventative, and emergency room services to the Mid-Willamette Valley region of Oregon. To contact their labor center, call (503) 749-4734 or visit their website to review frequently asked questions about pre- and post-delivery.