I mentioned in my last pregnancy update that this time around I’m going to give hypnobirthing a go for a more positive birth experience. My labour and birth with Florence wasn’t exactly traumatic but looking back, I didn’t feel at all in control and so this time I want to take more ownership of the whole experience and dare I say it, even enjoy it? I’ve just completed my course with The Positive Birthing company and already feel so different and even excited about birthing my baby which has spurred me on to properly pack my hospital bag and get things sorted.
I shared the contents of my hospital bag last time around in this post here and some of the things included will be the same, but there are some other things, more geared to creating a positive birth environment this time too so that I’m the event that I can’t have baby at the local maternity unit, I can still take some of that calming atmosphere with me!
First up, what’s in the bag for me?
For Labour & Birth
Copies of Birth Preferences
Vest top & loose nightshirt or dress to birth in
I had every intention of labouring in a bikini in the pool last time but frankly there wasn’t time so I just wore a black vest top rolled up on top of my tummy. In case I can’t have my waterbirth, I’ve also packed a loose nightdress to wear.
I’ve been ogling at Pink Blush’s range of delivery gowns the whole way through my pregnancy and I finally bit the bullet and ordered one this week. Hopefully it will arrive in time! This is for before and after getting in the pool or if I have to labour out of the water and end up walking around the hospital or birth centre. Plus, it’s super soft and will be perfect for slipping on after having the baby.
Hot water bottle
I’ve found that heat really helps ease my pregnancy related pains this time around so I’m packing my sausage shaped hot water bottle to place around my lower back / tummy in the latent stages of labour to try and just make things a little more comfortable.
Hairbands & hair clips (in an easy to grab pouch!)
Drinks, snacks & sucky sweets
One of my cravings this time around has been fridge cold water, so I’ve just picked up a six pack of bottled water and hope that I’ll be able to keep it cool in the fridge at the birthing unit!
Snacks wise, I’ve gone for tracker bars and jelly babies and I imagine I will end up taking some Granny Smith Apples too because again, they’ve been a major craving for me throughout this whole pregnancy.
Battery powered tea lights
I was really struck by what a difference having the lights dimmed made to a birthing room when we visited the birth centre for our tour and how much more homely and relaxed it made everything feel. I’m taking along some battery powered tea lights and candles to sit around the room whether it’s at the birth centre or on the labour ward to bring a little bit of that chilled out vibe.
Relaxing room / pillow spray (Sleepy Mama)
I plan to tap into all five senses through my labour in a bid to stay as relaxed as possible. This relaxing room / pillow spray from the Natural Birthing Company smells divine and will be perfect for spraying around the labour room.
Cool it Mama & Flannels
I think the thing I remember the most from my labour and birth that I also didn’t really expect was feeling so incredibly hot! They set the birthing pool temperature to 37 degrees so that when the baby is born into the water, it’s less of a shock and he doesn’t get too cold but oh my goodness, with all the contractions and pushing at times I felt like I was being boiled in a soup! This time around I’m going armed with flannels that can be dipped in cold water to put on my head and this Cool it Mama face spritz by the Natural Birthing Company in a bid to keep cool.
Baby’s First Outfit
And for after…
Comfortable nightie, Pyjamas with dark bottoms & slippers
My Expert Midwife Spritz for Bits
Seriously, if there’s one product you NEED in your hospital bag for after birth it’s Spritz for Bits. A quick spray down below each time you go to the loo after having your baby immediately cools and soothes your bits and speeds up the healing process too!
My Expert Midwife Fantastic Skin Elastic
As well as a fab bump moisturiser My Expert Midwife’s Fantastic skin elastic also acts as a great massage lotion and I’m going to get Sean to get clued up on ‘light touch massage’ I learned about on my Positive Birthing Course so it might just come in handy.
My Expert Midwife No Harm Nipple Balm
For immediately after birth. They can be taken off and thrown straight in the bin once finished with and will add a little bit of peace of mind. I’ll likely still wear my big knickers over the top for an extra layer of protection.
Washable breast pads
Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner & make up
What have I packed for baby?
Cuddledry Apron Towel
We had this exact same towel for Florence and it was the first thing we wrapped her in when she was born. It’s super soft against newborn skin and will be perfect for drying her off if she’s born in the pool.
Muslin Swaddle Blanket
We always opt for pampers, just because we’ve never had any issues with them.
Cotton wool pads
4 x outfits
I’ve packed all of his outfits into little clear zip lock bags, each one containing a vest, a sleepsuit, a hat, a bib, a pair of scratch mitts and a nappy. The idea is that it’ll save us routing around in the bag trying to find everything and we can just easily grab a pack out of the bag at changing time. One of them is labelled ‘First Outfit’ in case someone else is first to dress him.
Coming home outfit
Mama Designs Blanket
4 x cartons of SMA milk
Gift for Florence
I’ve packed a brand new Hey Duggee Bag with a few of Florence’s favourite things along with some baby related books for baby to ‘gift’ to Florence when she comes to visit.
What’s in the bag for Sean?
Camera charger & fully charged camera battery
Blank SD Card
Change for the car park & Cash for food
Everything is packed into two bags, my Cath Kidston changing bag has everything we’ll need for labour & birth and the rest is packed into a wheeled suitcase.
And lastly, what about Florence?
I’ve also packed a little bag for Florence. Obviously she won’t be coming with us when I’m in labour so will end up being picked up by her Grandma or staying with my Mum and sister. So that there’s no need for them to search the house for the basics they’ll need for her, I’ve packed some essentials as well as some treats in her little ladybug suitcase.
Gift for Baby
There you have it, all packed and ready to go! What was in your hospital bag?