Jess' Journal | Preparing for the Big Day!

By Jess P, Baby Village on 17 December 2018

I’m a pretty low maintenance kind of girl, my dog goes to the groomer more often than I see my hairdresser! So, when it came to “birth planning” we went from the health-fund hospital-provided service, to nothing, and ended up with something in between - a private session in the comfort of our own home. Best decision ever!

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This option was actually a recommendation from a friend who has recently had her bub. Sue from Right from the Start was fantastic! From a trained midwife, we learned all about the ‘stages of labour’ (who knew there was more than one!), the ‘intervention options’ (read drugs!) but the best part was, she really took the time to get to know us personally, what makes us tick, or more accurately what enables me to switch off and relax. This kind of 1:1 situation allowed Sue to tease out our personal nuances and helped me draw parallels between preparing for labour and the way I prepared for and ran the New York Marathon. Identifying milestones to work towards and pass; rhythmic techniques for breathing through pain barriers; and what to expect once I’ve crossed the finish line! In this case there is still the delivery of the placenta which you don't really think about; in the marathon I still had to walk another kilometre just to get out of Central Park!

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At the 35-week mark I now feel mentally prepared – and super excited – to welcome this little bub into the world, but before we do there’s a few more things on my to-do list. Even though I now know it’s not likely to be a mad rush to get to the hospital (contrary to every ‘going into labour’ scene in popular movie culture!) I still want to have my hospital bag ready to go in the next few weeks.

So, what’s going into my hospital bag?
This is my first rodeo and from what I’ve read (and there’s a lot out there already) I’m probably going to over-pack, but who cares, it’s not like there’s a carry-on bag limit! Having said that, I am going to use the Storksak Travel Carry-on Bag as I feel it’s the perfect size for my 1-5 night stay. I’m giving birth in February so expect I won’t get cold, but for bub it will be important to have layered options to help regulate his/her temperature.
 


For Me
Clothing – this needs to cover both during and post birth

  • Dressing Gown/Robe
  • Loose singlet & comfy shorts
  • A few pairs of boy-leg undies (I expect I’ll have a shower or 2!)
  • Button-up pyjamas (for easy breastfeeding)
  • Wireless nursing bra/s (I'm going to try this one from Mamaway to start with)
  • Going-home outfit (something I’m okay to be seen wearing in the real world!)
  • Socks, Thongs & Slippers
  • Disposable undies for afterwards (like these ones from New Beginnings)
  • Maternity pads (as a nice alterntive to an actual surfboard, I’m going to try these)
  • Disposable breastpads (so many options, but I’m taking these)
  • Reusable breastpads (like these from Nature's Child)
  • Dirty clothes bag 
Toiletries
  • My own shampoo, conditioner & body wash
  • Dry shampoo
  • Face moisturiser
  • Hairbrush, spare hair bands & bobby pins
  • My lip balm
  • Nipple balm (I've been recommended this one also from Nature's Child)
  • Lavender room spray - Sue suggested finding a calming smell that wasn’t part of my everyday life so that I don’t associate it with labour for ever after, but I know it will keep me calm!
Extras
  • Coconut water
  • Dry biscuits, Sweet snacks, Nuts etc
  • My iPhone, iPad & charger
  • Pillow/Pillow Case (not white so it doesn't get mixed up with the Hospital ones)
  • Eyemask
  • Breastpump & accessories – depending on timing it has been suggested to me that taking your own breastpump to Hospital is a good way to learn how to use it properly, this obviously depends on when my milk comes in, but I'm going with the Medela Swing for now.
For Bub
  • Nappies & wipes – even though the Hospital may supply these, it’s nice to use our own right from the start; I’m planning to use a combination of reusable and eco-friendly disposable nappies – we’ll see how that goes ;)
  • Swaddles, Singlets & Onesies – enough for 5 days
  • Soft Cap, Mittens & Socks – I’ll be taking (these from Playette)
  • Cellular blanket (there's a few to choose from, I'm going with grey!)
  • Going home outfit – for that all important photo!
  • Change wallet (just in case, and to get used to packing it!)
  • Car seat installed – check ✔
I'd love to hear what you put in your hospital bag? If there's anything essential I'm missing please leave me a comment below!

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Jess x

PS If there's anything else you'd like to ask, just post a comment below and I'll try to give you the best possible answer!

   

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Jess
30/01/2018
Hi Carla, thanks so much for your positive feedback of Sue, and the great tips you''ve suggested 😉
Carla
29/01/2018
Great list, Jess! Sue is an awesome lactation and sleep/settling/feeding consultant so keep her in your contacts for later!! A few suggestions for your list: comfy dress/gown/outfit/change of clothes for labour, some larger/looser not low cut cheap target undies in case you have a last minute caesarean you don’t want anything across the scar, a cardigan for over breastfeeding tops if the aircon is a bit cooler and hydrogel breast pads or ice packs! Good luck!
Jess
29/01/2018
Thanks for the tip Sharna 👍
Sharna
23/01/2018
Also...nipple cream if you are planning on breastfeeding.

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Jess
30/01/2018
Hi Carla, thanks so much for your positive feedback of Sue, and the great tips you''ve suggested 😉
Carla
29/01/2018
Great list, Jess! Sue is an awesome lactation and sleep/settling/feeding consultant so keep her in your contacts for later!! A few suggestions for your list: comfy dress/gown/outfit/change of clothes for labour, some larger/looser not low cut cheap target undies in case you have a last minute caesarean you don’t want anything across the scar, a cardigan for over breastfeeding tops if the aircon is a bit cooler and hydrogel breast pads or ice packs! Good luck!
Jess
29/01/2018
Thanks for the tip Sharna 👍
Sharna
23/01/2018
Also...nipple cream if you are planning on breastfeeding.