October 12, 2022 5 min read
So, you're pregnant and getting closer to your due date. You may be feeling a little anxious about going into labour and giving birth. But don't worry, you're not alone. Many women feel the same way. One thing that can help you feel more prepared for labour and delivery is to have your hospital bag packed and ready to go.
If you are a first time mum, it can be daunting knowing what to pack. It’s easy to pack too much, so we have put together this hospital bag checklist of absolute must-have items. If you need to stay in hospital longer than expected, your partner can bring you more things from home.
We recommend packing two bags: one for labour and the hours immediately after your baby is born, and another for your stay on the postnatal ward. This way your birth partner won’t have to rummage through your clothes to find things when you really need them during labour. (If you have a straightforward birth, you may even leave hospital on the same day, so you may not need the second bag at all.)
Keep this checklist handy as you're packing your bags:
Your baby doesn't need much at first - just milk, warmth and love. Most hospitals in Australia provide nappies, basic baby clothing and blankets to use during your stay. Check with your hospital or birthing centre first to be sure. We recommend packing:
Packing your hospital bag is a great way to help you feel more prepared for labour and delivery. So, don't wait until the last minute. Start packing your bag now and you'll be one step ahead when your little one arrives!
We'd love to hear about your experience. Is there anything you wish you'd taken to hospital?
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