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

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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

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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

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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!

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