Labour bag essentials

We show you what to pack in your hospital bag

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  • Labour bag essentials

    Most important things: a copy of your birthplan (give this to the midwife as soon as you arrive), and an old large T-shirt, shirt or nightdress to give birth in. A front-buttoning one will enable you to breastfeed and have skin-to-skin contact more easily after the birth
  • Labour bag essentials

    TENS Machine


    Hire or buy a neat TENS machine for drug-free pain relief in labour. This Elle TENS is available to hire from Babycare TENS on 0500 220061
  • Labour bag essentials

    Soothe any backache with a good massage oil. The Mama Mio range includes a Calming Facial Spritz, Massage Oil, and Tummy Rub. Order direct from www.mamamio.com
  • Labour bag essentials

    Hospital floors can be cold when you're pacing up and down, plus there's the issue of infection, so pack a pair of warm and comfortable flat slippers
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  • Labour bag essentials

    If you want to listen to some music to while away the time check with your labour ward that they allow this and bring your favourite tracks. Also, include a selection of light, energy-boosting snacks, bananas and chocolate are good!
  • Labour bag essentials

    Bottled water and juice are the best drinks to take in with you. You may find it easier to sip from a straw.
  • Labour bag essentials

    Cleansing wipes or flannel, water spray mist, toothbrush, toothpaste and some waterproof mascara to avoid panda-eyes in the post-birth pictures!

Last updated on 13 July 2007

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