How to Prepare for Labor

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What To Pack

Whether you’re planning to have your baby at home, in a hospital or with a midwife, you’ll definitely want to pre-pack in preparation for labor. It’s best to get a few things ready at least two weeks before your due date.

You may get a list from your midwife or from the hospital. Here are a few things you could include:

  • Something loose and comfortable to wear during labor that doesn’t restrict you from moving around or make you too hot. You’ll probably need about three changes of clothes.
  • Comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you’re planning to breastfeed.
  • Sanitary pads.
  • A bag with a toothbrush, hairbrush, soap and other toiletries.
  • Books, magazines, and music to help pass time after birth.
  • Front-opening or loose-fitting nightgowns or tops if you’re going to breastfeed, and any other clothes you will feel comfortable in.
  • Loose, comfortable outfit to wear after you have given birth, and to come home in.
  • Clothes, a hat, and diapers for the baby.
  • Swaddles or blankets to wrap baby in.
  • Baby Shusher
  • Tushy Tote for diapers.

Transportation

Decide how you will arrive at the hospital or midwifery unit. If you’re planning to go by car, make sure it’s running well and that there’s plenty of gas in the tank. Have a backup plan just in case your little one makes a surprise arrival.

Emergency and Important Numbers

Wherever you’re planning to give birth, keep a list of important numbers in your handbag or program them into your phone.

You need to include:

  • Your hospital or midwife’s phone number.
  • Your partner or birth partner’s phone number.
  • Your own hospital reference number.

Stocking Up

When you come home after labor, you won’t want to do much more than rest and care for your baby. Do as much shopping and planning in advance as you can. Stock up on basics, such as toilet paper, diapers, groceries, and needed household items. It’s also a great idea to pre-cook some meals in advance and freeze them.

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