Over our many years of experience as birth doulas we have learned how trim down that list to the essentials and weed out the unneeded items so that families (partners really) aren’t lugging 18 suitcases into an 8x8 room!
Three important things to keep in mind when you are packing for the hospital:
3. You do not need to pack much. A healthy vaginal birth with midwives requires you to stay in the hospital for only 4-6 hours, a healthy vaginal birth with an OB is ~24 hours, and a cesarean birth ~48 hours. If for whatever reason you or baby need to stay longer, your partner, a family member or friend will have time to pick you up more items if needed.
So what do we as doulas recommend that you pack for your hospital birth?
FOR MOM / BIRTHING PERSON
What You DON'T Need to Pack:
So what are you waiting for? Get packing! And don't forget to download our free packing list!