Birth Center Supplies

The follow items are necessary, however you are not obligated to purchase the exact items in the links listed here, they are provided for your convenience.

Things to bring with you
Example Quantity Description
1 pkg Sanitary/Maternity Pads: Hospital style/largest size. This is extremely hard to find locally. We suggest you order it here or from InhisHands.com
1 Straws or sports bottle
4-6 pairs Disposable Stretch Briefs – many clients enjoy a “depends” instead of stretchy panties. Incontinace briefs
1 Electric Heating pad, This is used for warming the baby after the birth
1 Peri Bottle (a squirt bottle that will be used to wash the vaginal area after birth). This is extremely hard to find locally. We suggest you order it here or from InhisHands.com
2 Oil – one for the perineum, unopened, and another for the baby’s bottom. Ex: sweet oil found in the ear section, almond oil. (Scented or a warming oil should not be used on the perineum.)
1 Cord Blood Collection Kit (If you decided to collect the baby’s cord blood)
3 bottles Sports drink such as: a Powdered Electrolyte Drink, Recharge, Gatorade, Pedialyte Pops
1 bottle Massage Oil (may be scented and will be used on different parts of your body)
4+ diapers Newborn size diapers with the cut out for the cord (If you already have diapers, they can either be cut or folded. Please get diapers with an INDICATOR STRIP.)
From Home — General Items
Foods you would like to eat after birth (ready-to-eat or easily prepared)
Cash or ATM card
Telephone list or Address book for birth announcements
Tapes or CDs of favorite relaxing music, with tape or CD player, or Ipod
Book or magazine for reading
Camera/film (make sure it is preloaded and in good working condition before you go)
Camcorder and/or cassette recorder with tapes and charged batteries
From Home — For Mom
Lip Balm/Chap Stick
Deodorant
Toothbrush
Tooth Paste
Mouthwash
Comb/Brush
Soap
Shampoo/Conditioner
Lotion
Makeup
Lip stick
Scented Shower Gel or Body Powder to make you feel better after labor
Gown
Robe
Warm socks
Slippers
Hair Ties/Sweatband/Scrunchies
2 Bras (nursing bras if you plan to breast feed)
4-6 pairs Disposable Stretch Briefs – many clients enjoy a “depends” instead of stretchy panties. Incontinace briefs
Going home outfit-something comfortable/loose fitting (Sized for you when you were six months or 24 weeks pregnant)
Eyeglasses or contact lenses (keep in mind that you can wear your eyeglasses during labor, but you must take out your contacts if you are transported)
From Home — For Dad
Change of Clothes
Deodorant
Toothbrush
Tooth Paste
Mouthwash
Comb/Brush
From Home — For Baby
T-shirt
Socks
Hat
Going home outfit
Bunting/jacket (depending on season)
Car seat (Keep in mind that you can’t leave without one)
Receiving blanket (bigger is better to swaddle)
To Have At Home For After The Birth
Example Quantity Description
1 bottle Prune Juice (quick boost of iron / will also help with any constipation)
1-2 Thermometer NOTE: Thermometers for use in the ear do not work well for newborns. We stongly suggest “Vicks ComfortFlex” IT IS FAST AND ACCURATE
1 bottle Ibuprofen (NOT aspirin or acetaminophen, for after birth discomfort)
1 pkg Maternity Cold Pack Pads
1 pkg Sanitary/Maternity Pads: Hospital style/largest size. This is extremely hard to find locally. We suggest you order it here or from InhisHands.com
40+ Newborn size diapers with the cut out for the cord (If you already have diapers, they can either be cut or folded. Please get diapers with an INDICATOR STRIP.)
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