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What To Pack For Hospital


What To Pack For Hospital

We suggest you begin to pack your labour bag at about 30 weeks –some babies decide to come early!


This is a basic list of items you may like to have available during your labour.  These are only suggestions – everything here is optional.  Complementary therapies e.g. homoeopathy, aromatherapy etc, should only be used following consultation with a qualified therapist and after discussion with your LMC.

Remember a naked flame is a fire hazard in hospital (naked flame…oxygen…)  – use electric oil burners if you want to burn essential oils.

It’s great to have partner’s pack their own bag of supplies too – book, magazine, water, snacks, maybe even a change of clothes – whatever will keep them comfortable so that the labouring woman doesn’t have to worry about the welfare of her support crew.

Your Labour bag 

  • Birth plan
  • Affirmations
  • Something loose fitting and comfortable to birth in e.g. sarong, large t-shirt
  • Water bottle
  • Oil or talc for massage
  • LED candles
  • Hair ties
  • TENS machine and batteries (you will need to hire a TENS beforehand)
  • Comb for acupressure
  • Cooling facial spray or spray bottle
  • Lip balm
  • Books, magazines, card games
  • A pillow from home
  • Swiss ball
  • Warm socks
  • Camera or video camera
  • iPod and ear phones
  • Snacks and drinks for you & your support people
  • Barley Sugars to keep your energy up
  • Essential oils e.g. Lavender (relaxant)
  • Tea Tree Oil – aids healing after birth if perineum is damaged
  • Arnica – the homoeopathic remedy for bruising, trauma or shock to the body. Check use and dosage of these remedies with your LMC
  • Zinc – start taking 1 month before birth to a month after, aids stretching of the skin, healing time, immunity and baby blues

 Your Hospital Bag (this can be brought to the hospital after your baby’s birth)

  • Pyjamas/nighties that open at the front
  • 2x nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Toiletry bag with facecloth, hairbrush, shampoo, toothbrush &  toothpaste
  • Tissues
  • Your own roll of super luxurious toilet paper
  • Old knickers or disposable ones (think ‘nana knickers’)
  • 2x packs of maternity pads (or consider incontinence pants for the couple of days following birth – many women love the reassurance these give them from the leaks of heavy bleeding )
  • Phone and charger
  • Books and magazines
  • Small amount of cash
  • Ear plugs and eyeshades
  • Loose-fitting, comfortable clothes

 Your Baby’s Bag

  • 4x singlets – woollen or cotton are best.
  • 4x onesies or gowns
  • 2x Cardigans
  • Nappies
  • Wipes or cotton wool or flannels
  • Swaddle if you’re going to use one
  • 2x pairs socks or woolen booties

 Going Home

  • Baby clothes i.e.  singlet, vest, onesie, cardigan, hat, booties
  • Shawl or blanket
  • Infant car seat (remove bulky jackets before buckling baby in, and don’t swaddle while in the car seat as the straps will easily slip off the shoulders).


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