As lots of you know by now, Effie and Sophie, the Sleep Thief founders, met on an antenatal course before the birth of their little girls. When preparing to go to hospital for their births, things were a little bit different for each of them! Effie enjoys a bit of 'wooky' (as her husband likes to say), whereas Sophie is more logical (and practical), and so you'll see this reflected in their choices for their hospital bag must-haves.
So, whether you're a hippy-esque Hannah or a straight-laced Susan, here is the most comprehensive hospital bag list you will ever find!
"Being my usual, casual self, I did not prepare a hospital bag at 36 weeks, as was advised in our NCT class. Instead, as the due date crept ever nearer and my irrational fear of giving birth grew bigger, I completely ignored packing it. However, some of my lovely friends gave me a brilliant wash bag filled with holiday size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturiser, etc, which was for my hospital bag. At last the inevitable day had arrived, where I had to admit defeat and pack the bag. So, I went into hospital and in my bag I packed….
For birth partner
"For my first birth, I was set on having a water birth at home. However, as things panned out, my daughter decided to have meconium and so it was off to hospital for us. I had, in a slight panic, already packed a hospital bag and actually put quite a lot of effort into it! I'm not sure when I packed it, but I think it was around 38 weeks. I had some really great hospital bag lists from my antenatal course as well as my hypnobirthing course, so I felt covered! One tip I have is to pack your hospital bag with your birth partner so they know where everything is too. I wanted to go down the most natural, drug-free route as possible. So, I went into hospital and in my bag I packed...
For Labouring Me
For the Hospital Environment
As hypnobirthing is all about creating a calm and comfortable environment, I made sure to pack the following things that made me feel more at home:
For Post-Labour Me
Sophie's list covers almost everything. The only things I would add/reiterate are:
For Birth Partner
So that’s it, our combined essentials that we packed in our bag. Obviously everyone is different and we are bound to have missed things that are a must for other people. But hopefully there is something on there that you’ll find useful and please let us know what essentials you think we’ve missed!