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I recently wrote a post on natural pain relief methods for labor and delivery and it prompted me to write a post about what you should pack in your hospital bag for a natural birth experience.
(P.S. We also have a full guide on The Benefits of Natural Birth now!)
What follows is a hospital bag checklist for the mom who wants a natural birth.
The items on my natural birth hospital bag list will help you manage the pain of labor and make you feel comfortable and secure.
This natural birth hospital bag packing list is for all the mamas who want a natural labor and delivery experience but don’t want to birth at home.
You can control your birthing experience no matter where you choose to deliver your baby.
If you’re intimidated by the hospital atmosphere, don’t be.
More and more hospitals have become progressive and openminded to the needs of the laboring mama.
Take a hospital tour and speak to the L&D nurses if you have any concerns.
Here’s what to pack in your hospital bag for a natural birth.
46 Things To Pack In Your Natural Birth Hospital Bag
COMFORT ITEMS FROM HOME
- Your own pillows with coverings that you don’t care about.
- A favorite blanket.
- Your own towels (something so nice about having your own stuff!)
RELATED READ: How to Manage Labor Pain Naturally
CLOTHING ITEMS FOR MOM
- Maternity nursing bra (I LOVE these ones).
- Loose and comfy clothing (think maternity dresses and big pants!)
- Your own hospital gown (because the hospital ones are yucky).
- A maternity bathing suit if you plan to spend some time in the birthing tub.
- Cozy slide on slippers (like these ones).
- A robe
- Lip balm (you’ll be surprised at how dry your lips can get!)
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Your own towel and facecloth
- Hair ties
No, you don’t need to eat hospital food. You can pack yourself healthier food choices that make sense to you.
- A large water bottle with a straw (like this one).
- Coconut water.
- Fresh fruit.
- Dried fruits (might be easier to transport).
- Snacks of your choosing.
RELATED READ: What to Expect During Labor and Delivery
CALMING ITEMS FOR ACTIVE LABOR
ORGANIC LAVENDER SPRAY
I LOVE the lavender spray pictured above. There are so many uses but the biggest reason it needs to be in your natural birth hospital bag is that lavender is soothing and calming – spray it on your pillow and linens to reap the benefits.
ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OILS
Grab the following essential oils to aid your birthing process:
- Lavender – helps calm and soothe. Up to you if you want to get it in oil form. Having the lavender spray might be enough.
- Peppermint – make sure to use the oil with a carrier oil (I love using coconut oil) and spread the mixture where you are feeling pain – this is really ideal if you experience back labor.
- Frankincense – this can help when the baby’s head is crowing. Some even say it can help prevent tearing by aiding your perineal.
Organic coconut oil is a great carrier oil for any essential oils you may use during labor and delivery. If you happen to be reading this and you have a few weeks left in your pregnancy, consider using coconut oil as a stretch mark cream alternative. 🙂
YOUR FOCUS ITEMS
If you plan to use birth affirmations (I recommend these ones) or other visual distraction during birth make sure to pack it in your natural birth hospital bag.
RELATED READ: Postpartum Recovery Checklist
NATURAL PAIN MANAGEMENT ITEMS
HOT WATER BOTTLE
It’s nice to have a hot water bottle on hand in case you experience back labor. Place the bottle on the pain for instant relief.
I brought massage balls along with me when I delivered my daughter and they were a lifesaver! You can also consider bringing an electric massager but it might be too much.
These stress balls will help you manage pain during active labor and they have motivational sayings on them that will remind you, that, yes you can birth your baby naturally!
YOUR BIRTH PLAN
If you have any specific requests that you would like to see happen during your labor and delivery process, write a birth plan and make sure to pack it in your hospital bag.
Make sure to pick up a copy of the book pictured above. There are instructions AND pictures which will be helpful when you’re going through active labor. Of course, if you can, practice your birthing positions before labor but bring the book with you in case you’re unsure or forget!
ITEMS TO CREATE A NATURAL BIRTHING ATMOSPHERE
- Essential oil diffuser – great for creating relaxing and calming scents in your room.
- Flameless candles – to help create a darkened room that will help you feel at ease.
POSTPARTUM ITEMS FOR MOM
The hospital will give you some supplies but depending on their budget, you may find they don’t give you enough. The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable, mama!
Make sure to pack:
- Disposable underwear like these ones because you won’t want to wear your good undies, trust me.
- A peri bottle because you won’t want anything to touch your lady parts for a few days! The hospital may give you one but this one is way better at doing the job.
- Thick postpartum bleeding pads – I used these ones and liked them.
- This organic spray to help soothe your perineum (get that head start on healing, mama!)
RELATED READ: Postpartum Recovery Tips for Quick Healing
ITEMS FOR YOUR NEWBORN BABY
- Lots of newborn diapers.
- Baby wipes
- Zippered sleepers
- Muslin blankets
- Coming home outfit
RELATED READ: Must Have Baby Essentials
ITEMS FOR DAD
- Pillow and blanket
- A change of clothes
- Change for the snack machine
- Phone charger
There you have it, mama!
Exactly what needs to be in your natural birth hospital bag.
Don’t be intimidated by the atmosphere at your hospital – you have more control over your birthing experience than you think.
When you’re packing your bag, the key is to bring items that will help you manage pain, make you feel secure and comfortable, and aid in the birthing process.
The above are the items that will be coming along with me during my next labor and delivery.
What did you think of this natural birth hospital bag packing list?
Let me know in the comments, mama!