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Sunday, July 31, 2011

What do bring to the hospital for labor and birth

Here's my list of things that I think are important or helpful to bring.  This is based off of Maslow's Heirarchy of needs.  Some of these things the hospital you deliver at will provide, but some of it may be dependent on the nurse you get or their time constraints in being able to accommodate your wishes. 

1.  Some kind of sports drink.
2. A small snack that is easily digested.  Something like saltines or granola bars are good.
3. Sucker or hard candy for when you may not feel like eating, but just want something in your mouth.
4. Pillows...there are never enough at the hospital.
5.  Blankets, stuffed animals, comfort items that just make you feel homey.
6. Clothes that your don't mind getting may want to labor and birth in your own stuff rather than the gown provided by the hospital.
7. Music that helps you relax
8. Any massage tools you may want to use.
9. A pad for the bed if you are going to be there for a long time.
10. Oils, teas or other things that you wanted to use to help relax.
11. Heating pad
12. Crock pot-this works great to warm up hot compresses.  Just watch the temp.
13. chapstick
14. lotion
15. Books, cards, movies-bring these if you are anticipating needing to go in in early labor(for an induction or something).
16. Food or money for others who are going to be there with you.
17.  If you have something that you wanted to focus on, like a picture, bring that.
18. small fan...a fan helps with lots of things...fatigue, getting too hot, and nausea
19. Something to pull your hair back with.
20. Spray mist bottle.
21. A list of reasons of why you want to have a natural birth:)

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