It’s getting closer to D-day (you know, due-date day) and one of the most important things to have ready is a bag for the birth center. As you’ve read in past posts, I’ve been receiving prenatal care at baby+co. and will be delivering at the birth center in Cary. NC baby+co. is a women’s health and family wellness center focused on natural birth and all things pregnancy. They provide preconception planning, complete pre- and post-natal care, birth, education, and beyond for families in the Triangle. You can learn more about their model of care and the services they provide here. I started packing my birth bag for baby+co. around 30 weeks because I’m type A and really need to get a handle on it, but I’m also really glad that I did.
You can search Google and Pinterest for ideas of what to include in your bag, but being a second-time mom, I’m here to help you avoid reading endless lists and feeling overwhelmed. With the help of my anonymous question at my 3rd trimester group visit and baby+co. (thanks Karen and Angela for the advice!) and my knowledge from my first baby, I think I’ve gotten this birth bag thing down to science.
While these cover all the things in my birth bag, don’t forget that your significant other will want to pack a bag for themselves too. This should include items like snacks, a water bottle, extra clothes, bathing suit (if getting in the birthing tub with you), toothbrush/toothpaste, and any other comfort items. If you end up at the hospital, having your own pillow is always nice, but not a must-have.
It’s also important to note that you should have a diaper bag already packed for baby with the essential diapering items, and their car seat should be properly installed. Many of the midwives at baby+co. have stressed to me that you should have the car seat installed as early as possible. Many women go into labor in the middle of the night and you don’t want to have to install a car seat in the dark at 3am. Being overly-prepared is NOT a bad thing.
I hope this list helps you prepare your birth center bag. While what you’d bring to a birth center varies slightly from what you’d bring to a hospital birth, I think it’s important to be prepared for either outcome, in the case there are complications or you decide you need the pain medication and transfer to the hospital. You’ll be glad you’re so prepared!
If you’re interested in a more holistic approach to your prenatal care and delivery, even if you’re unsure, taking a tour of baby+co. can really provide some insight into how the care differs, and how you’ll feel being supported through your pregnancy journey.