Is your hospital bag packed and ready? Your baby is almost ready to be born. But are you ready for labor and birth? There are a lot of things you should have packed and ready in your hospital bag to take with you to the hospital or birth center for your labor and birth. These hospital bag items will make your labor more comfortable and can possibly make it go faster and smoother. Review both of these posts so you’ll know HOW TO HELP THE LABORING MOTHER IN FIRST STAGE LABOR and you’ll know WHEN TO LEAVE FOR YOUR BIRTH PLACE.
Remember to pack snacks for mom – things that are easy to digest. Eating and drinking as long as you can during labor will help your body to have a more effective labor. And your coach is going to be working hard – in a completely different way – so make sure you’ve got plenty of food in a cooler for coach. Or take money and plan to send someone out for food for your coach. Below are the best items to pack in your hospital bag for all your comfort tools. These are tricks of the trade I have learned about over 23 years of teaching childbirth classes.
Hospital Bag Items for Partner/Coach:
- bathing suit so you can get in the tub or shower to support the laboring woman.
- breath mints, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash so you can have fresh breath to breathe with her.
- good supportive shoes because you may be on your feet for many hours.
- change of clothes, layers of clothes. It could get really hot or really cold in the room
- phone, camera chargers
- food, snacks, water
- cash in case you need to buy snacks or send someone out to get you something to eat.
Food for Mom for the Hospital Bag:
Electrolyte chews Honey sticks
Preggie Pops Protein drinks
and….Whatever appeals to her and is EASILY DIGESTED.
Birthing balls are so comfortable to use in labor
There are many ways to use one, and all of them will make you more comfortable and help your labor progress. Once your baby arrives, you can sit and bounce on it while snuggling with baby to calm baby down.
A peanut ball is another great tool for labor and birth.
It can also be used in so many ways and helps to open the pelvis.
Aromatherapy Oils or Essential Oils have many benefits for the laboring woman:
Lavender dulls pain, relaxes, calming
Geranium circulation, aids breathing, balances emotions
Jasmine analgesic, antispasmodic
Neroli-reduces fear, anxiety
Rose-tones uterus, increases circulation, antidepressant, calms nerves,
Clary Sage-tension reliever, creates euphoria
Gentle Baby (Young Living)
T.E.N.S. Unit TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
Using the Gate Control Method of pain relief a TENS unit can be a God send during labor, especially if you don’t want to expose your baby to medications.
Homeopathic Remedies help the body to heal itself, progress labor, reduce pain, and much more
Arnica for pain.
Ipecacuanha for nausea or vomiting.
Rescue Remedy to relieve tension and keep mom calm and relaxed in labor.
Caulophyllum to induce labor after PROM (premature rupture of membranes). 45% of women will go into labor on their own within 12 hours after their bag of waters breaks. But if you’d like to help things along, caulophyllum can help.
Many Herbs are beneficial to pregnant and laboring women.
I always suggest you consult a certified herbalist or a midwife knowledgeable in herbal medicine.
Red Raspberry leaf tea-make a strong infusion and sweeten to taste with honey. It’s suggested that red raspberry leaf helps make contractions more effective and less painful.
Skullcap relieves pain
Catnip relieves pain
Chamomile tea relieves tension
Acupuncture & Acupressure:
Some acupuncturists will leave tiny needles in your body that will help labor progress and also will lessen pain. Find an acupuncturist by clicking here:
Hot water bottle
Rice Sock: fill a sock with uncooked rice. Sew up the end. Microwave for 3 minutes. It will stay warm for 30 minutes. Place on body where needed.