Packing List – Birth Center

Inanna birth center packing list

Suggested Supplies:
- favorite drinks (juice, coconut water, electrolyte drinks)
- baby wipes (These are for momma, not just baby.)
- Depends
- good walking shoes, comfy socks (spares)
- clothes to wear during labor and for going home, bathrobe, slippers
(If you are hiring a photographer, choose solid coloring clothing, preferably dark, and encourage your partner to not wearing any clothing with logos or wording on it – it’s distracting in the photos. :) )
- baby clothes & blanket for going home (We have receiving blankets for right after when baby may be dirty.)
- small bottle olive oil (for perineal massage and for baby’s bum)
- snacks/food/drinks for your partner
- orange juice & food for postpartum*
- camera
- small fish net (for waterbirth)
- carseat
- rice pack/socks
- music/iPod/CD player
- cell phone and charger
- favorite candles/essential oils (they have candles there)
- tennis balls, rolling pin, whatever favorite massager is
- toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash
- sports bra for labor, nursing bra for after
- toiletries (lotion, chapstick)
- glasses, contact lenses & solution
- pain coping technique flashcards, affirmation cards, labor notes
- regular meds you are taking, OTC or prescription
- favorite pillow, blanket, whatever makes you comfortable
- If children will be attending they will need a caretaker to keep them entertained and closely supervised. Bring snacks, toys, books, etc.

You will also need a packed hospital bag in case of transport, mostly to include more changes of clothes for your longer stay, ear plugs, an eye shade for sleeping, pen & paper, cash for parking/vending machines, nursing pads, calling list (written down, not just in your cell phone) and other stuff I’m sure I’m forgetting because I always forget something! There’s a lot of overlap, of course, but you leave the birth center a couple hours after delivery vs. a couple days at the hospital. You can make calls once you get home, you don’t sleep there, etc.

* Before you leave the birth center you need to eat something with protein. If you have friends and family there you can assign someone to go grab food, but at 3am your options are seriously limited. You don’t need to eat an entire meal but you can bring a pre-made casserole, soup, I saw a family bring frozen mini quiche – anything that sounds appetizing to you postpartum! The birth center has an oven, microwave, and toaster oven as well as dishes, silverware, glassware, etc. Staff cannot prepare food for you (it’s a food handler’s permit thing) but we can certainly throw your casserole in the oven. :) Other times moms will just eat trail mix, yogurt, cheese & crackers, or go grab a burger or egg burrito depending on time of day.

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