hospital bag for birth

Your quick hospital bag checklist for a med-free birth in Harrisburg


Are you planning a med-free birth? If so, congratulations! It’s something that more and more moms are choosing to do. But what do you need to pack in your hospital bag for a med-free birth? Here is a list of some essential items that will help make your experience go smoothly.

First, bring plenty of snacks and your favorite beverages.

There are a few things you’ll want to make sure you have on hand to keep your energy up during labor.

First, pack some snacks that are high in protein and easy to eat on the go, like granola bars or nuts. You’ll also want to bring along a water bottle or two, as staying hydrated is key during labor. It’s always a good idea to have a few change of clothes with you in case your labor goes longer than expected. After all, you never know what might happen during childbirth!

For natural birth, you want to pack items that will keep you comfortable and relaxed

There are a few things you can bring to the hospital to help make your natural birth more comfortable and relaxed.

Consider bringing a loose-fitting nightgown or robe. This will help you stay comfortable during labor, and it will also make it easier for nurses and doctors to check your progress.

Bring some washcloths and towels, as well as a small bottle of unscented lotion. These can be used to wipe your face and body during labor, and the lotion can be used to keep your skin from getting too dry.

Also, pack a small case with any essential oils or other relaxation techniques that you want to use during labor. This could include a diffuser and some lavender oil, or a positive affirmations deck. By being prepared with these items, you can help ensure that your natural birth is as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

(Sidebar: my favorite essential oil during labor was lavender and my doula used clary sage)

If you’re planning on breastfeeding, pack a nursing bra and some nursing pads

Here’s a list of items you could pack in your hospital bag:

  • A nursing pillow: This will help you to position your baby correctly while breastfeeding.
  • Nursing pads: These absorb leakage and help to keep your clothing dry.
  • Breast milk storage bags: These can be used to store expressed milk for later use.
  • Lanolin cream: This can be used to soothe sore nipples.
  • A water bottle: This will help you to stay hydrated while nursing.

By packing these items in your hospital bag, you’ll be prepared to start breastfeeding as soon as your baby is born!

  • Next, if you’re having a water birth, make sure to pack a top that can get or swimsuit.

Water births can provide a more relaxed birth experience. If you’re planning on having a water birth, there are a few things you’ll need to bring with you to the hospital.

Consider bringing a swimsuit. You’ll also need a large towel to dry off after the birth, and a small towel to place under your head while you’re in the tub.

Don’t forget to bring your hypnobirthing audio or other calm meditations you might want to listen to during labor!

Water births can be an incredible experience!

Of course, don’t forget your birth photographer! 🙂

There’s something to be said for hiring a professional birth photographer! Here are just a few benefits of having a birth photographer on hand for your hospital birth:

  1. They can capture all the special moments, from the first push to the moment your baby is placed in your arms.
  2. They know how to work within the strict confines of a hospital setting, meaning you’ll get beautiful photos without disrupting the flow of your labor and delivery.
  3. They can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during labor, knowing that they’re taking care of documenting everything.

So, if you’re considering hiring a birth photographer for your upcoming hospital birth, rest assured that you’ll be in good hands! Click here to see more of my Harrisburg Birth Photography.

If you’re looking for a birth photographer, I’d love to chat with you about capturing your beautiful moment.