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Packing our Birth Center Bags

With the girls I packed the clothes they would wear coming home from the hospital in my over night bag. I knew the hospital would provide a lot of the stuff we would need for baby, like wipes and diapers, blankets even a baby hat. But with a birth center birth we bring everything we need for mom and baby!

I already packed up the bag for Shelby. I can’t believe that she will be here in only a few weeks! With a birth center birth we will be going home within 4-6 hours after baby’s birth so we do not have to pack a lot. I’d rather be prepared just in case of a hospital transport, and be over packed then not have enough for us.

Baby’s Bag:

  • 2 outfits – one sleeper, one gown. The gown is the same one both my older girls wore.
  • 3 hats – small cream one is hat that will be placed on her head right after birth and depending on which outfit she wears home she will wear the matching hat.
  • binkies – probably wont need them but bringing them just in case.
  • thick blanket
  • swaddle blanket
  • diapers and wipes – We are using disposable diapers for the meconium stage.
  • baby wash/lotion
  • baby comb

Mommy’s Bag:

  • headband for labor/delivery to keep my hair out of my face
  • extra hair bands
  • hairbrush/tooth brush/tooth paste
  • chap-stick
  • deodorant
  • sweats for going home
  • pads
  • slippers
  • robe
  • sports bra
  • nursing tank
  • 2 pairs old undies
  • pair of socks

Extras

  • Camera Bag – will have iphone/ipad charger, camera charger, video recorder & charger
  • Baby Book
  • Pillow and boppy
  • Birth Binder
  • iPad

What did you pack? Anything else I’m forgetting?

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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 14,11, 5 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in Texas.

17 Responses to “Packing our Birth Center Bags”

  1. anneke says:

    you could take treats for your nurse/staff that takes care of you! 🙂

  2. Gianna says:

    I think you’ve covered just about everything!
    I remember way back when we needed to remember change for making the phone calls afterwards LOL.

  3. Eileen says:

    Congrats! I am so overwhelmed thinking of packing my own birth center bag under a dozen weeks…crazy! I will definitely have to refer back to your list 🙂 My midwives also suggest packing some easy-to-digest energy food for YOU, with all the hard work you’ll be doing you’ll need it!

  4. Rebecca Smith says:

    I packed so much for my daughter’s birth and most of it stayed in the suitcase…

  5. Heather says:

    ANother helpful list! thank you!

  6. Rachel says:

    Thats great, Like the way you lay it out so I can see if there is something I miss when traveling. Thanks.

  7. Shannon F. says:

    I’m actually jealous of you! I was supposed to have a birthcenter birth and ended up in a c-section because my stubborn daughter decided she liked the breech position. 🙁

    The only thing I can see that I took and you havent packed is an ink pad so you can take footprints and handprints! Most birthcenters done have them!

    • Amanda says:

      oh I didn’t even think about that. I’ll ask my midwife next week if she has inkpad for handprintsfoot prints. Thanks!

  8. tamra childers says:

    i had some sort of hard candy to suck on to more for the distraction then anything.

  9. Marcie W. says:

    You seem VERY well prepared and ready for birth! Much more prepared then I ever was for either of my 3 kiddos arrivals.

  10. Lizzy says:

    Good for you. I have a friend like you who was that prepared too. I have to laugh, because I am total opposite. And when I mean opposite, I mean that we ended up making a quick stop to Target on our way to the hospital to pick up a carseat.

  11. Eileen says:

    It seems like SO long ago when my daughter had her lil one…but just over 3 months ago!

    I also suggest bottled water. The hospital water we had on hand just seemed “bleachy”. Not sure what you might find there.
    Wow, I had no idea you went home that quickly. I am thinking maybe that is why midwives had to work so hard to make their mark in this country. With baby birthing being BIG business (yes you have to look at it that way because of all the medical intervention with pregnancy and childbirth now), docs and hospitals stand to lose a lot of money when women want to go elsewhere. My daughter spent two days in the hospital with the baby also incurring two days of nursery care…even though she spent all but a few hours in-room. The bill is atrocious!

    • Amanda says:

      Eileen, I guess I needed to add I also have to shop for food and drinks for the Birth Center. I need to add that to my post as well. Yes, I will be bringing my own bottled water although the birth center does have filtered water.

  12. Sarah L says:

    How about some massage oil?

  13. Vickie Couturier says:

    looks like you got it all covered,you had pads down for you,,was that both breast pads an the other pads too?

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