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homebirthers: did you pack bags?

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soandsosmum Sun 18-Nov-12 18:50:26

And if so, what did you pack?

I didn't quite finish hb last time so just want to be prepared and can't remember what I packed last time!

Flisspaps Sun 18-Nov-12 18:57:56

I did. At 26 weeks, both times.

A bag for me in labour, a ward bag in case I stayed in (I did) and a changing bag so I wasn't doing myself a mischief rummaging in the big bag to find a nappy.

StarlightMcKenzie Sun 18-Nov-12 19:01:56

No. Didn't even occur to me.

openerofjars Sun 18-Nov-12 19:05:27

Same as Fliss, pretty much, and even though we didn't go to hospital they were really handy for finding stuff at home after the birth for the first couple of days. "Darling, could you grab me a couple of maternity pads from the blue bag" instead of "They're in the bathroom. Oh FFS. Our bathroom. I dunno, have a look!"

Plus I hid Haribo in them, then forgot about it, then found it and was really happy. grin

Mind you, I think I packed it at about 37 weeks, but we were moving house as well, so that's my excuse.

NoodieRoodie Sun 18-Nov-12 19:06:04

Nope, when I had to transfer we just shoved some stuff in a bag and I remembered most things. The only thing I forgot was my shoes so I came home in my slippers!

TheDetective Sun 18-Nov-12 19:06:35

I hadn't. Til now sad 42+1. Just got stuff together now, in case. But not in a bag. Just in a place that DP can't get wrong...!

StiffyByng Sun 18-Nov-12 19:11:31

I did. I packed what I would have done if planning a hospital birth. I was told it could be very stressful trying to sort out what to take if transferring so wanted to be prepared.

Skiffen Sun 18-Nov-12 19:23:51

Yes, both times. I used the lists we got at our NCT classes, so packed a bag for labour and delivery, a bag for me for staying in if needed, and a changing bag with enough for a day or so for baby. Stayed at home with both but it was great to have stuff all organised and meant I could direct DH and MWs to all that we needed.

froggers1 Sun 18-Nov-12 19:28:07

Yes you must! I ended up in hospital and it would've been stressful to do it at the last minute!!

Indith Sun 18-Nov-12 19:33:44

I had 2 birth boxes- one with stuff like towels and plastic sheeting, lamp, mirror etc for the birth and the other with dressing gown, baby clothes, post birth pjs for me, maternity pads, granny pants, nappies and so that dh could find it easily when needed and it could be tipped into a bag if I had to transfer in.

Wigeon Sun 18-Nov-12 19:37:25

Yes. And just as well I did, as despite my HB being planned well in advance and with the full support of the local midwife team, when I rang whilst in advanced labour to request a midwife, I was told none was available and I should go into hospital "to be assessed". DD then born a bit over an hour later.

Moral of the story: pack your hospital bag.

nannyl Sun 18-Nov-12 19:51:34


i packed as if i was going to have a full labour and then be in hospital for several days
I packed a labour bag
my bag
a baby bag

{note that 5 days after my due date cousins on both sides were getting married 4+ hours away, in good traffic my hospital is 45min drive away (but 1hr +++ in bad) so we would not have had anyone to bring us forgotten stuff, and i didnt want OH to have to leave me for 2 - 3 hours to go and get something}

but none of it was needed as i gave birth at home smile

ReallyTired Sun 18-Nov-12 19:55:26

Yes, I think you should have a bag packed as if you were going into hospital. If you have to transfer in from a homebirth there is no time to pack.

TeWiDoesTheHulaInHawaii Sun 18-Nov-12 20:02:32

Yes, it was convenient even though I didn't get rushed to hospital - as it meant all the stuff I wanted after the birth was in the same bag and I wasn't having to tell DH where to look for pjs, feeding bras and maternity pads - it was all in the bag.

lljkk Sun 18-Nov-12 20:08:47

Yes... but I don't think I did bring a bag the one time I did transfer (HB2 of 3, small pph). I don't think it even crossed my mind to bring the bag (eejit, but my blood pressure was quite low so not thinking straight).

What if something else goes wrong (heaven forbid); sudden bleeding or blood pressure scare. Best to make calm the one part of the experience you can.

Leafmould Sun 18-Nov-12 20:19:42


And then went to the day unit for assessment due to high bp, and wasn't allowed home. . . My best friend had to go round my flat finding things she thought I'd need.

She did a very good job, really, but there was a lot I didn't have. Plus the baby was tiny and I hadn't realised that 0-3 months size comes after the newborn size!

When I did have a hb, the midwives did keep asking for stuff that would have been in my bag, so of I ever do it again, I will have a bag packed!

RhinestoneCowgirl Sun 18-Nov-12 20:25:29

First time yes I did. Everything by the (bounty) book - so pads, nappies, clothes for baby and me, all that jazz. On the dot of 36 weeks.

Second time I half-heartedly put some maternity pads in a bag and promptly forgot about it. The MW who'd just delivered my baby asked where stuff was and whether I'd packed a bag. I rather shamefacedly said I hadn't got round to it yet (was overdue). She looked hmm and said 'when were you planning to do it??

You will need the stuff that's in the bag even if you're at home, so it's handy to have it in one place. And if you do end up transferring to hospital you/DP don't want to have to worry about gathering stuff up.

ChunkyPickle Sun 18-Nov-12 20:30:04

Yes, and it was very useful when I went in for an overdue scan and they didn't want me to leave... DP would have been totally lost if he'd been trying to pack what I needed for the next few days while worrying about me and DS.

howiwonder Sun 18-Nov-12 20:34:42

I sort of started one but it was a bit of a half hearted effort and never really finished. Had to go into hospital after the birth for stitching and the bag would have been really handy for that but it was all such a rush that I forgot I'd even done a bag and DH shoved some things in a plastic carrier for me. In hindsight I do think it's a good idea to do a proper bag, but hopefully not have to use it!

TheDetective Sun 18-Nov-12 20:38:56

Here is my list of stuff which I have left for DP. Can you tell the level of trust I have in his packing ability grin.

* – don’t get this wrong!!!
I have packed the changing bag with things for baby – you need to add the sleepsuits folded carefully – the pile on the left. Bring the pile on the right if needed (I’ll let you know) – bigger size (with bigger vests). Add the babygrow, vest, cardi and hat hanging on the side of the cot to the changing bag. There might not be enough room in changing bag. Take out the pack of nappies if need to, and put them in my bag. Put the blankets in my bag also. DO NOT FORGET TO ADD THEM TO MY BAG.
You will need to bring the car seat, white pram suit and blanket (hanging on left side of wardrobe) in when coming home – leave these in the car until I tell you we need them. Please make sure you know how to fit the car seat.

For my bag:
The pile of clothes/knickers/pads etc on landing. There is one towel, please add another one.
Extra PJ bottoms – my grey baggy ones.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Shower gel
Contact lenses
Phone charger
Dressing gown (washed please)
Clothes for me – if not already with me, leggings, vest top and cardi. I will wear these coming home.
Don’t forget to add baby blankets, and pack of nappies if they don’t fit in changing bag.
Also bring my two purple pillows – ESSENTIAL for labour or afterwards. Hospital pillows are shit. Fact.
And don’t put this shit in a carrier bag, ok? Lend a nice bag from somewhere if you have to. And don’t use the huge fuck off suitcase either.
Remember to bring food and drink regularly for me. Hospital food is SHIT. I will starve otherwise. Ok?
Make sure you have things for you that you need, phone charged, money for carpark, snacks, water etc. (bring the midwives biscuits, and I’ll eat them in front of them hah.)
If it is an emergency transfer and there is no time to pack a bag, just bring the pillows. I may ask you to bring other things, but I will tell you what is essential to bring at the time.


For what its worth, for baby I've put aside 6 vests and baby grows one lot in newborn, and one in 1st month sizes for baby. One pack of nappies, one pack of cotton wool, a few muslin cloths, some socks, a hat, cardi and scratch mitts, plus 3 blankets.

There are 2 pj tops and 2 pj bottoms, plus 2 over sized shirts. Pack of 4 knickers, pack of pads, pack of breast pads, slippers and a clean bra for me.

besmirchedandbewildered Sun 18-Nov-12 20:41:09

Yes. If you have to transfer in, the last thing you want to be doing is working out what trousers you want to come home in! No harm in having stuff all in one place anyway, as other posters have said.
I hope you won't need it though!

Chunkychicken Sun 18-Nov-12 23:09:11

Yes, I packed 1 for me & 1 for baby. I put the usual post-delivery stuff in my bag as I assumed that if I transferred, it wouldn't be so I could labour there, it would be due to unforeseen circumstances. It was really handy to just say 'maternity pads - pink bag' or 'babygro - baby bag' & let DH/the MWs find it.

rosamarina Mon 19-Nov-12 12:24:05

Yes, I did, but then I unpacked it when I was in labour to find things I wanted, and then didn't have half what I needed when I had to have an emergency transfer to hospital. Very annoying. My advice is, don't unpack it until you're holding the baby.

Startail Mon 19-Nov-12 12:34:28

No, I did throw the absolute bare minimum. PJs, maternity pads, tooth brush, nappies, baby grow, and a set of comfy day clothes in the draw under the spare bed. So dH could have chucked them in a holder if necessary. Also meant I knew where nappies and pads were if all went well.

I had absolutely no intention of going near the postnatal ward. Even if we had transferred we would have been leaving ASAP, hence the day clothes.

Anyway, DD2s birth went very sweetly and the MW who delivered her were wonderful.

Dorisday13 Mon 19-Nov-12 16:02:46

No, just didn't get around to it, went into labour at 40+6

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