Giving Birth: Packing for the Hospital
Getting to the hospital during labor is stressful enough. If you're placing your baby for adoption, you will have other preparations to think about, as well. Be prepared and pack your hospital bag a month or two before your due date. That way you won't be scrambling to find what you need when your water breaks!
Photo ID & Insurance Card: You should never leave the house without a driver's license or photo ID. Since you're headed to the hospital, your insurance card is a no-brainer.
Bathrobe, nightgown, slippers and socks: Hospitals provide gowns and socks for you to use during labor and afterward, but some women prefer to wear their own. Choose a loose, comfortable robe that you don't mind getting dirty.
Your own pillow: Nobody likes hospitals. Having something comforting such as your own blanket or pillow will help you feel more at home.
Music, magazines or a book: Music or reading material will be helpful entertainment for both you and visitors.
Lip Balm: Hospitals can get very dry!
Toiletries: Don't forget these! Bring deodorant, toothpasre/toothbrush and a comb or hairbrush. Bring a scrunchie or hair clip to hold your hair back during delivery.
Cellphone & Charger: You might need to make some phone calls or send some texts while you're in the hospital. Don't forget your phone charger! You might be in the hospital longer than expected. Having your phone is a great way to take photos or videos of your birthing experience, as well.
iPad/Laptop/Tablet: You never know how long you will be in labor. Download/buy some movies, TV shows or games. You will be thankful for the entertainment - trust us!
A Few Bucks: You, the birthfather or your family might get hungry or thirsty. Bring a couple dollars to use at the vending machines.
Snacks: Waiting at the hospital makes people hungry. Eating is also a way to pass the time. Pack some small snacks like chips, crackers or granola bars to keep hunger at bay.
Flip Flops: According to experienced mothers, flip flops are nice to have around. Slip them on for trips to the shower, bathroom or if you just feel like walking the halls.
A Few Outfits: Depending on how long you're at the hospital, you might want a few comfy outfits to change into. Bring things that are loose fitting like sweatpants, pajama bottoms and hooded sweatshirts.
A "going home" Outfit: Again, make sure your going home outfit is loose and comfortable. Believe it or not, you will still look about 5-6 months pregnant!
Did we forget anything? We believe this is a sufficient list for your hospital stay. Feel free to ask your doctor if there is anything else you will need. As adoption professionals, it's our job to offer not only the best in adoption services, but to educate birthmothers on all things pregnancy related. Contact us anytime with questions, concerns, or just to chat.