This is one of the tasks you can do before hand that will help with those of you who like getting things in order.
IN THE CAR
Pillows .. bring two take one with you in the car to hug while driving. then brign them with you as you go into the birth centerPut on colorful cases so you remember to take them home with you as white will blend in with the birth centers decor
Ziplock bag or container with cover ( in case you feel nauseated)
birthing clothes that you might want to wear during labor, loose comfortable or feel free to war the birth centers gown
nightgown for after the baby is born something that snaps in the center for easy assess to breast feeding,
slippers or sandals that you can slip in to
Socks many woman feel very warm during labor however there feet stay cold . Labor fashion naked with socks on!
Nursing bra you can get fitted for a bra at about 36 weeks, a poor fitting bra will be worse than not wearing one at all
Hair ties.. long hair gets very tangled have your partner keep these in his pocket as these seem to get lost in the bag.
Lip balm keep your lips moist another pocket item for your partner
Toiletries, the best feeling is your shower after you have your baby, refreshing
Clothes to wear home… avoid the postpartum cry you will think you can fit back into your pre -pregnant size but not just yet, usually your maternioty pants and a shirt you wore at about 5 months will work. don’t worry you will soon be back to normal
Sanitary napkins. you will be bleeding that is the lochia the birth centers typically have very large thick pads, you may like the more modern ones..no tampons!
Music you already selected or planned, found out what music devices that birth center has
Camera extra batteries, or cord to charge I always say throw in a disposable camera just in case you were taking some early labor photos at home and leave it behind
Mints… she will be highly sensitive to smells,especially any bad breath
Change of clothes, many places let you stay with mom
Swim trunks if there is a jacuzzi in the room you too can go in ,you are more comfortable to lean on then the tub
Clothes to wear home
Diapers of your choice
Undershirt with snaps
Baby book to put in the foot prints
Sport drinks for energy nothing with too much citrus
honey sticks great for quick energy
Energy bars ( good for mom and partner)
String chesee, pretzels, crackers, cereal all great quick snacks that you can buy in advance
Ready set and you will be ready to go!