Congratulations, you’re nearing the end of your pregnancy journey and getting ready for the birth of your little one! While it’s an exciting time, it’s often a little stressful as you prepare for some big changes in your life and are busy getting things ready for their arrival.
One important item on your to-do-list is probably packing your hospital bag. In your third trimester it’s good to have a bag ready as you may need to go in sooner than you expected if you’re little one is set on making an early appearance.
There are plenty of hospital bag checklists out there, so to reduce confusion our midwives compiled the following Grace hospital bag checklist. Your hospital bag can be broken down into three parts: for the birth suite, for yourself and for your baby. Keeping your baby’s belongings in a separate bag may make their belongings easier to access.
No matter what type of birth you have planned, it’s essential that you arrive at the hospital with everything you need. Your birth suite bag should include everything you need for the birth of your baby. The essentials include:
Don’t forget supplies for your birthing partner, which could include:
After the birth of your baby you’ll be staying in hospital for 4 nights after a vaginal birth and 5 nights for a Caesarean Section, so it’s best to have enough things to last you and your baby for this time and sometimes a little extra.
Also check your infant car seat is installed in your car correctly, ready for the drive home.
Here at Grace our experienced team of obstetricians, fertility specialists, women’s health GPS, midwives, nurses, sonographers and allied health professionals are here for you, from pre-conception and beyond. If you have any concerns or questions about the birth, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Grace obstetrician or midwife.