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What’s in My Hospital Bag?

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Now that my baby has arrived, I wanted to share with you what I brought to the hospital with me. Not everything is essential, but the items below will cover all of your bases to be prepared for a natural birth. This reduces stress and makes the whole experience more comfortable.

Pain Relief/Labor Progression

  • DIY rice sock to apply to pain – check out video below!
  • Thick socks rolled up tightly or thick sock filled with tennis balls to apply to back for counter pressure
  • Homeopathy – Arnica 200C and Hypericum 200C for pain relief, Caulophyllum and Cimicifuga for dilation, Ipecac for nausea, Pulsatilla to help with labor progression (work with a homeopath to be sure these remedies are appropriate for you)
  • Essential oils – helichrysum, black pepper, ginger and peppermint for pain relief – be sure to dilute with a carrier oil! (do not use peppermint or other aromatic oils if also using homeopathy); lavender for relaxation
  • Birthing ball (check with the hospital to see if they provide this)
  • Peanut ball (check with the hospital to see if they provide this – it helped me progress in my labor!)

For the Hospital

  • Your natural birth plan

Food and Snacks

Electronics (all fully charged beforehand)

  • Camera and charger
  • Video camera and charger
  • Phones and chargers


  • Comfy clothing – sports bras, nursing bras, slippers, flip flops, your own laboring gown, comfy pants and tops, hair ties
  • Labor playlist – I recommend creating an upbeat and a slow one



  • Nursing pillow – I highly recommend this one, which was a lifesaver to my back after beginning nursing! (yes, the hospital has pillows, but the bed puts you at a bad angle that got nursing started off on the wrong foot for me)
  • Nipple cream or simply coconut oil

Things for Baby

After Birth Care

Optional Items

  • Baby nail clippers/scissors or nail file
  • Nursing pads (I didn’t start leaking until at least 4 days after birth)
  • Nursing bras and nursing tank tops (you can wear the hospital gown instead, like I did, but this is your preference)
  • Memory book to capture the first moments and baby footprints!
  • Pillow (the hospital provides them, but you may prefer your own)
  • Doula – I did not hire one, but I hear they are invaluable!
  • Prayers – I found that praying and meditating on Jesus’ suffering helped me get through painful contractions

Good luck to all you mamas out there! May God bless you with a wonderful birth! Know that you are not alone and that many women have gone before you to have good and natural births. It helps to have a lot of support around you.

What's in my Hospital Bag

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