After having delivered baby Grayson back in 2016, and now having been to the hospital with false labour twice for upcoming baby boy, I feel I’ve got labour & delivery kit packing in the bag (pun definitely intended).
My list below represents a collection of both lists I’ve received, and also personal experience. The items listed here are primarily for the expectant mother, so don’t forget to pack for the birth partner and the baby, too.
Labour & Delivery Kit:
Snacks - This can be anything from bars, to fruit, to nuts and seeds
Electrolyte Solution - I’ve used Ener-C packets in the past, but any will do.
Sweater and/or Robe - It does get cold & feeling comfy is so important. Especially if you’re at the hospital in gown walking around with your backside on display!
Slippers and/or Warm Socks - I have a pair of socks that are like slippers with cozy fleece inside and sticky treads on the bottom. These are awesome!
Phone - This will be used to listen to music, meditations, birth affirmations, take photos, time contractions, etc.
Phone Charger - Of course!
Birth Plan - 3 copies
Camera and/or video camera - If you want to have crystal clear documentation.
Toiletries - including lip balm (your lips get so dry)
Change of clothes for going home
Bathing suit & flip flops for any shower or tub use during labour
Nursing bras/bralettes/tank tops - personally, I only feel comfy in tanks
Sleep kit - ear plugs, eye mask
Sanitary napkins and/or Depends (aim for 1 box)
Nursing nighty or nursing PJs
Pillow with a pillow case you don’t care about getting dirty
Birthing ball (if hospital does not provide)
Breastfeeding herbs and/or tincture
Small bottle of vitamin E oil and/or olive oil
Earth Mama Angel Baby New Mama Bottom Spray
Periwash bottle (usually given at hospital) & periwash herbs
Dark, full-bottom underwear