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What to pack in your hospital bag for labour

BABY CARE

When you pack your hospital bag you need to have things for you, your baby, and your birth partner.

What to pack in your hospital bag for labour and birth
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If you are having your baby in hospital or in a midwifery-led birthing unit, you must pack a bag with all the things you need for labour and delivery, and for after the baby is born.

This can be a daunting process as you'll be worried you might forget something, but if you follow the list below and organise things in advance you will have everything covered and no reason to worry.

When packing your hospital bag, bear in mind that you may be able to go home from hospital the same day you give birth. Or you could stay in for one night or longer depending on the delivery.

There will be some things you can't pack until the last minute, such as your phone and phone charger, any medications you are taking, fresh sandwiches and your hospital notes. Leave a note inside your bag so you don't forget.

Make sure you have your bag packed and ready to go at least six weeks before your due date, just in case your baby is born a few weeks earlier than expected. And tell the person who is taking you to the hospital where your hospital bag is so they can find it!

You will need to pack things for you, your baby and your birth partner.

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Hospital bag list for mum

Clothing

Toiletries

Food and drink

Things to do

Miscellaneous items

Hospital bag checklist for baby

What should your birth partner pack?

What type of bag to use for a hospital bag

You can either put everything in one big rucksack, holdall or suitcase, or you may find you are better organised with three smaller separate bags.

You could have one bag for you, a bag for your baby and a bag for your birth partner.

Or you could have one bag with the things you'll need for labour and birth, a bag of things you'll need after the birth for you and your baby, and your birth partner can pack for themselves.

It's really up to you what you want to pack your things in. The main thing is that you are as organised and well prepared as you can be with a fully packed bag/bags. Then you can breathe a sigh of relief and forget all about packing for the hospital while you wait for things to happen!

Other things to do before you go into labour

Now you have a complete list of everything you need to pack in your hospital bag for you, your baby and your birth partner. You can get prepared in the weeks leading up to your baby's birth and you will be organised and ready to leave for the hospital when labour starts.

Even if you are planning on a home birth, you should still have some essential items packed just in case things don't quite go to plan, and you have to take an unexpected trip to hospital. You don't want to be rushing around trying to gather things together in a blind panic at the last minute.

When you arrive home from the hospital with your baby, it is helpful to have everything ready for your new bundle of joy. To make sure you have everything in place in the lead up to the birth, you may find this article useful: What do you actually need to buy for a baby?

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