Birthing Center Checklist

 

               Bag’s packed and I’m ready to go!!!

This time around Bo and I decided to birth this baby at a birthing center instead of a hospital.  We choose this route for a number of reasons.  The main reason being that we wanted a more controlled birth experience. My first birth experience wasn’t ideal but we can talk about that later. After some prayer and research we decided to take the plunge.

As I start nesting I realized that packing for a hospital and birthing center are a little different. At a birth center you have more options in terms of what you can do during your stay. The birthing center is super cozy and I definitely want to bring a few things so that my little family and I feel like we are at home.  All the things on my list are just simple things that will keep baby and myself comfortable. You also don’t stay at the birthing center for very long after giving birth  so no need for excess.

Here’s what’s in my bag!

 

Outfits for baby! This goes without saying. I am going to pack a couple of long sleeve onesies and one super cozy outfit to take baby home in. This brand  Love’dbaby has amazing organic cotton onesies. We want to be surprised with the gender of our baby so we are going to go with some neutral colors. I personally prefer more neutral colors anyway so this worked out perfect.

 

Receiving/Swaddling Blankets Baby will need at least 2 to 3 blankets to be swaddled in.  I plan on bringing the same ones that were used for Elijah for right when baby comes out and a couple of really soft ones to swaddle baby in. I just realized I have to relearn how to do that!  I love Little Unicorn and how soft these ones are. Their Deluxe Muslin feels amazing!

 

Sports Bra and Nursing Bra for possible water birth. The room we will most likely give birth in has a tub for water birthing. I am not sure whether in the moment I will want the sports bra or not but making sure I have something comfortable is important just in case. I got mine from Target. I just wanted something dark and simple.

 

 

Clothing  I won’t be staying at the birthing center for more than 6 hours after birth but in the mean time I will be able to bond with my new bundle of joy, breastfeed, eat and get a little rest. A nightgown, some comfy socks, a nursing bra and undies should suffice. There is also shower in the room. I plan on bringing travel size toiletries just in case I want to rinse off before I head home.

 

Coconut Water/Snacks  One of the things that’s great about a birthing center is I can eat during labor! Trust me I like to eat. Also since we are aiming for a natural birth it’s important to keep my energy up.  Some snacks I plan on bringing are nuts, string cheese, honey sticks and a few of these Perfect Foods Bars. They are my absolute favorite! Also it’s really important to stay hydrated and have electrolytes during labor so making sure I pack Coconut water is key. Our birthing center has a fantastic kitchen but there will be no cafeteria/vending machine like a hospital for Bo to go run and get snacks from. These two have been my go to snacks for this labor. Coconut water was my life saver with heartburn at 2am and the Perfect Foods Bar helped me curb nausea between breakfast and lunch.

 

Diffuser Oils/Rice Pack I LOVE my essential oils and I definitely plan on incorporating them in my labor.  I’ve even made a little list for myself and Bo just so we don’t forget. Here are some great oils for labor. Lavender, Frankincense, Clary Sage & Peppermint. Young Living has a few blends like Panaway ( for back pain) and Gentle Baby (which I can diffuse after I give birth for baby and myself)  Also I planned on making a rice heating pack for some back labor discomfort but Bo’s grandma actually had some that she had made on hand. I love the idea that she can kind of be a apart of our birth. Make sure with oils that you are using therapeutic grade oils. I personally use Young Living and DoTerra

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 Technology  We definitely will want lots of pics of the baby and a few of the birth so a camera and cell phone are important. Also I made a labor playlist of my favorite calming tunes. All the rooms have speakers so I just need my phone.  Who knows I may not want any noise at all besides the sound of myself screaming baby out but it’s always better to be prepared right?! Check out my labor playlist below!

That is pretty much all I put in my bag, just some essentials for baby and me.  What did you pack for your labor? Also if you have any labor playlist suggestions drop me a line below~

Here are some behind the scenes photos. Elijah insisted that I take pics of him

What did you pack for your labor? Also if you have any labor playlist suggestions drop them below!