Hospital Bag for a C-Section

Hospital Bag for a Planned C-Section

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If you are having a scheduled c-section, you will still want to pack a hospital bag before your scheduled surgery. Sometimes labor still sneaks up on you and you need to grab your bag and go to the hospital. But there are some things that you will want to take with you when you go to the hospital for your birth. Here is the list:

Your Birth Bag

  • Music you would like (You may need to provide your own iPod, CD Player or Tape Player.) (To play while you wait or during the birth, this is a great calming technique.)
  • Camera digital or don't forget to bring film and batteries video recorder with charged batteries and accessories
  • Signed copies of your cesarean birth plan
  • Any birth clothes of your own that you wish to wear
  • Special clothes or a blanket for the baby
  • List of people to call after the baby is born (include your childbirth educator)
  • Lip Balm 
  • Baby Book for getting the footprints done by the nurse when she does the paperwork
  • Socks for mom
  • Sweater for support person (It can get cold!)
  • Special foods or drinks
  • Calling Card for Long Distance Calls (if you can't use your cell phone)
  • Things to keep you busy should you wind up having a long wait
  • Charging cables for electronic devices

Your Postpartum Bag

  • Tooth brushes for everyone and tooth paste
  • Nursing bras and pads (preferably the washable, soft ones.)
  • Breastfeeding pillow to keep baby off your incision
  • Breastfeeding book
  • Small pillow to brace your incision
  • Going home outfit for baby
  • Blanket for Baby
  • More film, if you aren't using digital (Though you can buy this for higher prices in most gift shops.)
  • Change of clothes for partner and any toiletries needed
  • Your own personal nightgown, robe (They will get dirty!)
  • Personal Hygiene items (no-rinse shampoo, your own pads, etc.)
  • Underwear that is c-section friendly
  • Number of La Leche League or other breastfeeding support
  • Number of diaper service (if you need to arrange for delivery)
  • Car Seat with instructions
  • Going home outfit for mom (You will still be look to be about 6 months pregnant. Most women wear the clothes that they wore to the hospital, some bring nursing shirts.)
  • Birth Announcements, stamps, envelopes
  • You might also consider packing a bag for dad too.

You notice that I have the bags listed in two different categories. This was intentional. Having all of your stuff with you when you are in the surgical area will be cumbersome. I would recommend leaving your postpartum things in the car or having them  brought to you later. Pack only what you will need in the first hours before, during, and after the birth. 

The good news is that if you forget something, you can usually get it replaced. You can run to the hospital gift shop, though this is typically more expensive. You can also run to a nearby store for some items. Don't stress too much.

Also, as you move through the postpartum days, be sure to send things home with people so you don't feel like you're moving out on your last day. You should have just the basics left and move them out with any flowers or gifts that have been brought by visitors.

Typically, I ask visitors to not bring gifts to the hospital, this allows me the freedom to not have to bring it back home. Consider instituting a similar request. 

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