labor and birth packing list — what we REALLY USED

Some of you may remember our labor and birth packing list I shared with you before our little one was born.  The amount of items we actually used during my short, five-hour labor and afterward in the hospital was incredibly short, so for fun I thought I’d share with you what we REALLY used. My original list is below, with tems that were not used crossed through and notes in color:

To pack for me:

  • Focal point (this is the beaded necklace that was made by the women at my shower — I will try to use it as my focal point while breathing during labor) (I used this until we were in the hospital and I was about to push/pushing…then I just used a focal point on the wall and/or bed)
  • List of last-minute items to pack — I will affix this to the outside of our bags I’m packing today so we don’t forget any of these last-minute items:
    • More perishable snacks, like fruit or fruit bars
    • Cell phones
    • Wallets/purse (with ID and insurance info)
    • Coats
  • Water birth certificate (used even though I didn’t get my water birth; but we had to show it for them to start filling up the tub)
  • Birth plan (given to the nurse in the delivery room, although she barely referenced it — our midwife is VERY natural birth friendly though so everything was still perfect)
  • Hospital registration confirmation (turns out I didn’t really pack this…all I got from the hospital was an automatic email saying “you’re registered” but no confirmation number or anything, but you may want to include this)
  • Call and email lists (I didn’t really pack this but have already drafted a “baby’s here” email with the recipients ready to go) (I tried to use the email list I made but there was an error with an email address that I couldn’t fix from my iPhone, so I was never able to send out my mass email to everyone!)
  • Labor tools list and birth affirmations list
  • Pediatrician info (programmed into my phone, not packed)
  • Lip balm
  • Hair brush
  • Toothbrush, floss, toothpaste (Um, BARELY used the toothbrush! HA)
  • Deodorant, face wash, moisturizer, makeup (for me this will include just my “essentials” of concealer, mascara, and eyebrow pencil…which I may not even touch!), shampoo/conditioner, lotion, ponytail holders
  • Change for snacks from the vending machine
  • Cell phone charger (I happened to have an extra one, so I am going ahead and packing that now)
  • Camera/charger
  • Going home clothes
  • Heavy flow pads (I used the hospitals; trust me — theirs were WAY better!)
  • Birthing gown (I am bringing my own) (I did use this, and thank goodness it was made to be thrown out because after birth it SURE had to be! After she was born I essentially spent the rest of the weekend naked, in just the hospital’s mesh panties and with a blanket over me and usually the baby!)
  • iPod with relaxation CD and any other music selections loaded (in my case I loaded a playlist onto my iPhone) (This was our favorite thing we packed for labor and I’m so glad I had it. We played music from my phone.)
  • iPod or iPhone speakers
  • 2 pairs socks/non-skid
  • Robe
  • Nursing bra/pads (I don’t think I’ll need the pads one day into breastfeeding, but I just threw some in just in case)
  • Birthing ball
  • Undies (Okay, I know everyone is different — but there’s no WAY I’d wear my own underwear after labor!)
  • Pen/notebook (I stuffed all my labor tool sheets, water birth certificate, etc. in here) (other than a storage space for the water birth certificate and birth plan, I didn’t need this)
  • Kashi bars/nuts/any other non-perishable snacks you may want
  • Floaty pillow/swim ring for my water birth
  • Antibacterial soap, which we may or may not use before getting in the tub
  • Fish net (take a guess what that could be used for)
  • Cord blood storage kit

To pack for hubby:

  • Swim trunks
  • Change of clothes
  • Hygiene items (for what will hopefully be a one-night stay, he really just needs toothbrush and toothpaste, and can use my shampoo, etc.) (all he used was his toothbrush/toothpaste…and barely, like me! yikes!)

To pack for baby:

  • Blanket
  • Hat, socks, warm going-home outfit (I am packing in two sizes — newborn and 0-3)
  • A few diapers and wipes, just in case

Do I wish I had packed less? No…I had no idea what I’d use! Next time I might use more of my labor items if I have a longer labor, but I have an idea now as to what the necessities are for me when it comes to having a baby. I just found it amusing how MUCH we packed and how LITTLE we used. We came to the hospital with a huge birthing ball and three bags. We could have come with a duffel bag and left it at that! 🙂


she’s here!

Our beautiful baby girl was born February 12 at 12:37 a.m.
7 lbs 1/2 oz
20 inches
A head of full, thick, dark hair
Beautiful in every way imaginable, and everyone is healthy
Will write more later

our baby

26 weeks, and words to meditate on

How simply lovely…

Frail newborn wings,
Small voice that sings,
New little beating heart,
Dread not thy birth,
Nor fear the earth —
The Infinite thou art.
The sun doth shine
The earth doth spin,
For welcome–enter in
This green and daisied sphere.
Rejoice–and have no fear.

-Richard LeGallienne