What to Pack!
[ ] State or Federal Identification, Health Insurance information, your Birth Preferences (a minimum of 3 hard copies).
[ ] A pair of slippers (read: sandals) you can wear walking around or even in the shower. The hospital will provide slip-proof socks, cute color not guaranteed.
[ ] A laboring gown of your own if you'd prefer to wear your own clothes, a swim top if you'd like to use the shower or tub. Should any of your belongings become soiled wash within 72 hours, usually are stain free!
[ ] 2 maternity bras — no underwire — and nursing pads (whether or not you plan to nurse, you’ll appreciate the support and leak-protection)
Note: it's best to breastfeed baby skin to skin as much as possible in the first few weeks, even a nursing bra may cause baby distraction. Nursing pads are great, but once you're comfortable with nursing you'll want to use counter pressure with your forearm or palm to encourage your breasts to only letdown on the side baby is nursing from... otherwise the nursing pad is just absorbing all that liquid gold!
[ ] Chapstick!
Support person, Hospitals are very dry so once we arrive, plan to have the chapstick in your pocket or close at hand! Root beer & Strawberry Cheese Cake Flavor NOT recommended!
[ ] Toiletries and personal items — hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, face wash, makeup (seriously!), shampoo, conditioner, lotion, eye glasses, contact lens case and solution (remember, travel-sized products are your friends)
Support person, you are not exempt, a laboring mother does not want you to slack on your personal hygiene... think you're going home for a shower and some sleep? Think again and grab a hospital towel!
[ ] Headband or ponytail holder (don't worry, your doula will brush and put your hair up if you need me to)
[ ] Snacks & Hard candy (Preferably suckers to prevent choking) to keep your mouth moist & give sugar boost during labor (candy with sugar will make you thirsty but you'll be hydrating regularly! Sugar-free if you have gestational diabetes.
[ ] Pen & paper. You'll be signing autographs left and right... (Tripler will do an extra hand/foot print for your Baby book or random piece of paper if you request.)
[ ] Lots of change for the vending machines and non-perishable snacks (you’ll probably be hungry after labor, and the hospital cafeteria could be closed) All hospitals have refrigerators, you can ask your nurse to label drinks and food and store there during your stay.
Cafeterias, Snack Shops & Vending - All hospitals have a gift shop with some drinks, snacks and personal items.
-Castle's Bistro serves no meat, although mom will be served eggs and possibly turkey bacon, etc.
-Kaiser's Cafeteria is... ahem... bring food ok.
-Kapiolani's Cafeteria closes at 2am but does have vending machines.
-Tripler's cafeteria and mall are on the Ocean side of the hospital. There is a small Snack Shop near the main entrance on the mountainside entrance.Tripler's vending machines take only cash & credit/debit cards.
-Queen's Cafeteria usually has some ono grinds, although it's a bit of a trek from L&D.
[ ] Cell phone and charger.
Great idea to have a list of people you'd like your support person to call (your parents, siblings, closest friends) and a mass text to send out. The first hour after birth you all should be bonding and soon initiating breastfeeding, after that you'll want to get some food and S L E E P.
[ ] Camera, battery or charger. Smart phones are an excellent choice, be sure you have enough free space to take plenty of photos and video. Be sure you're aware of your provider and hospitals requirements/restrictions. (whisper: I'm really, really stealthy ssssshhhh)
[ ] Support person: Clothes, toiletries, a SWEATER, SNACKS, and phenomenal massage skills. This are mandatory, I will not share my sweater but I will massage mom and get all the credit for it.
[ ] Extra pillow, at least one... preferably not with a white pillow case. (Tripler & Kapiolani are notorious for not having enough pillows... who steals hospital pillows!!?)
Take it or leave it:
[ ] Comfortable going-home clothes in six-month maternity size and flat shoes (or, just wear the clothes you came in… sorry, but they’ll probably still fit)
[ ] Bath towel (the hospital will likely supply a small, very thin one)
[ ] Your favorite brand of soap, shampoo and heavy flow sanitary pads (the hospital supplies these things, but bring your own if you’re picky) If you're NOT picky, use what the hospital provides while your there and take home what's left... while you're at home use up what was free!
[ ] A few pairs of maternity underwear that can get ruined (the hospital will have disposable pairs, which are AWESOME! Like the pads, take whatever you have left and use!)
[ ] Slippers that can get dirty & washed once you're home.
[ ] Your phone or MP3 player (loaded with your favorite tunes, of course).
I carry a Blue tooth speaker with me to every birth, and will have a variety of relaxing music to listen to. Tripler does not have Wifi, and depending on the location of your room you may have little to no cell service.
[ ] Lotion or oil to use for massage, a tennis ball, vibrating massagers. As your doula I will have these at your birth.
What to Bring For Baby:
[ ] Approved infant car seat, you'll need to bring it into the hospital so that the staff can see that you have one and know how to use it. Should you chose to purchase a convertible car seat, a staff member will escort you to your car to ensure you do in fact have a car seat for baby.
[ ] A coming-home outfit & receiving blankets
[ ] The hospital will provide diapers, dry wipes perfect for meconium, Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo, a nasal bulb, a Soothie’s pacifier, formula and bottles if requested or needed. You’ll have receiving blankets and infant sized t-shirts to use while in the hospital. You can bring your diaper bag, but it’s not necessary.
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