Birth Supplies

Laboring at Home Supplies

  • Hospital bag, packed (even if you are planning a home birth)
  • Disposable underpads (12 pack)
  • Digital oral thermometer
  • FOOD for mom
  • FOOD for support people
  • 6 large towels
  • Flexible straws
  • Tylenol, Gravol
  • Hot pack or water bottle
  • Lip balm

Many of these items are not mandatory, but rather suggested supplies. The absolute necessities are in bold. Don’t feel like you need to rush off and spend lots of money. Many of these items can likely be found around the house.

Hospital Bag supplies

  • BC Care Card
  • For BCWH: Bright Start form
  • Car seat
  • Going-home clothes for mom
  • Going-home outfit & blankets for baby
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Hair ties, if needed
  • Credit/debit cards for food, parking, etc. Don’t bring cash.
  • Music (e.g. cellphone & speaker)
  • Water bottle, other drinks (e.g. coconut water)
  • Food/snacks for labor
  • Toiletries for mom & partner(s)
  • Swim suit, change of clothes for partner(s)
  • Large T-shirt/comfy nightie
  • Flip-flops or slippers
  • Pillow & colorful pillowcase
  • Extra diapers & wipes (hospitals only supply minimally)
  • DO NOT BRING: aromatherapy or other scented products, including lavender

Postpartum Supplies

  • Overnight maxi pads (1 box)
  • 6 Frozen pads (made in advance)
  • Panty liners
  • Nipple cream – Lansinoh, Purelan, Natural Nipple Butter
  • Baby oil (Burt’s Bees, olive, etc)
  • Ibuprofen
  • Homeopathic Arnica 30C pellets
  • Lavender &/or tea tree essential oil
  • Epsom salts (1-2kg)
  • Sitz bath herbs
  • Postpartum recovery tea (calms afterpains, promotes healing)
  • Witch hazel (soothes & shrinks hemorrhoids)
  • Nursing bras
  • Breast pads
  • FOOD for immediate postpartum
  • Pre-prepared meals in freezer (two weeks worth)
  • Healthy snack foods

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