If you’re planning a med-free birth in Durham Region I have something you’re going to love! 

I’m talking about packing your hospital bag, but this isn’t an ordinary list.

This is one crafted JUST FOR Durham Region Moms planning a med-free or natural birth.

I remember when I was packing my bag! I felt so overwhelmed with what to bring and what I wouldn’t need. I didn’t want to bring ‘everything and the kitchen sink,’ but I also didn’t want to leave anything behind that I might need. 

Ready to get started? Let’s make sure your bag is packed with everything you need to feel empowered during your med-free birth.

First, bring plenty of snacks and your favourite beverages.

There are a few things you'll want to make sure you have on hand to keep your energy up during labour. Pack snacks that are high in protein and easy to eat on the go, like granola bars or nuts. You'll also want to bring along a water bottle or two, as staying hydrated is key during labour.

Consider bringing liquid IV or something else to replenish electrolytes.

It's always a good idea to have a few changes of clothes with you in case your labour goes longer than expected. After all, you never know what might happen during childbirth!

For natural birth in Durham Region, you want to pack items that will keep you comfortable and relaxed.

There are a few things you can bring to the hospital to help make your natural birth more comfortable and relaxed.

Consider bringing a loose-fitting nightgown or robe. This will help you stay comfortable during labour, and it will also make it easier for nurses and doctors to check your progress (if you choose).

Bring some washcloths and towels, as well as a small bottle of unscented lotion. These can be used to wipe your face and body during labour, and the lotion can be used to keep your skin from getting too dry.

Also, pack a small case with any essential oils or other relaxation techniques that you want to use during labour. This could include a diffuser and some lavender oil, or a positive affirmations deck. 

Cozy socks and easy to slip on shoes are essential! My feet got so cold during labour, and if you plan to be on your feet at all for any of your labouring, you don’t want to have to struggle with laces or tight shoes.

Another game-changer for your birth experience? Bringing a doula! She won’t fit in your hospital bag, but she might carry it for you! A doula gives support, both emotional and physical, and can be an incredible advocate for you during labour. They're not only there to help you stay calm and focused but also to use their knowledge to enhance your comfort using techniques like massage and position changes. 

When you come prepared with these items, you can help ensure that your natural birth is as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

If you're planning on breastfeeding, pack a nursing bra and some nursing pads.

Here's a list of items you could pack in your hospital bag:

●      A nursing pillow: This will help you to position your baby correctly while breastfeeding.

●      Nursing pads: These absorb leakage and help to keep your clothing dry (these were KEY for me - I had to change them every hour!).

●      Breast milk storage bags: These can be used to store expressed milk for later use.

●      A pump (handheld, Hakkaa or electric)

●      Lanolin cream: This can be used to soothe sore nipples.

●      A water bottle: This will help you to stay hydrated while nursing.

By packing these items in your hospital bag, you'll be prepared to start breastfeeding as soon as your baby is born!

Next, if you're having a water birth, make sure to pack a top that can get wet or a swimsuit.

Water births can provide a more relaxed birth experience. If you're planning on having a water birth, there are a few things you'll need to bring with you to the hospital.

Consider bringing a swimsuit. You'll also need a large towel to dry off after the birth, and a small towel to place under your head while you're in the tub.

Don't forget to bring your hypnobirthing audio or other calm meditations you might want to listen to during labour!

Water births can be an incredible experience.

Of course, don't forget your newborn photographer! 

There's something to be said for hiring a professional newborn photographer! Here are just a few benefits of having a newborn photographer on hand for your hospital birth:

  1. They can capture all the special moments, from the first moment your baby is placed in your arms, to the first few hours with your precious new bundle.
  2. They know how to work within the strict confines of a hospital setting, meaning you'll get beautiful photos without disrupting the flow of your labour and delivery experience.
  3. They can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during your early moments with a new baby.

So, if you're considering hiring a newborn photographer for your upcoming hospital birth, rest assured that you'll be in good hands! 

So what do you need to bring to the hospital when you have a natural birth?

Download my free checklist and make sure you have everything you need! 

And don't forget, if you're looking for a Durham Region newborn photographer, I'd love to chat with you about documenting your beautiful baby.