Supplies for Birth

  • Personal toiletries for mom and birth partner, chapstick, throat lozenges
  • Comfortable clothes for labor and birth. Please keep in mind that the baby will need access to your bare skin after birth, so clothes that open in the front or can be easily removed are ideal. Partners may also choose to wear clothing that is good for skin-to-skin contact with the baby.
  • A robe is one of the best things to wear during labor! It is easy to take on and off to accommodate temperature changes and is perfect for initial skin-to-skin contact after birth.
  • Some moms chose to labor naked, while others are more comfortable covered. You might want to bring a cotton bra or swimsuit top for the tub (sports bras are difficult to remove when wet)
  • Non-skid socks, slippers, and/or flip flops
  • Loose, comfortable clothing to wear home
  • Swimsuit and a change of clothes for birth partner
  • Plastic bags for dirty clothes
  • Food and drink. Our kitchenette includes a refrigerator, microwave, hot plate, coffee maker, and electric kettle. Please note that alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the Birthing Center.
  • Small, unopened bottle of olive oil for perineum, if desired. The olive oil can also be used for the baby’s bottom to help meconium to slide off easily.
  • Video and/or camera equipment with extra batteries, memory cards, or film as needed
  • Phones and chargers
  • Whatever will help you relax: iPod with calming music (we have a wireless iPod dock), your own pillow or blanket, essential oils, or anything else that will help you to relax. Unfortunately, candles are not allowed in the Birthing Center.
  • Infant hats, socks, and two sets of baby clothes in different sizes
  • The Birthing Center will provide towels, receiving blankets, and diapers.
  • NYS-approved infant car seat is required!

 

Checklist of items to have at home:

  • Depends underwear or “granny panties” and overnight heavy flow pads
  • Witch hazel and witch hazel pads:
    • Pour over 12-15 pads to be placed on a cookie sheet and frozen
    • Once frozen, wrap individually in plastic and place in a large Ziploc bag
    • Use for the first day or two after birth
  • Herbals or medications for pain relief for sore perineum or cramps
  • Thermometer
  • Postpartum herb baths, if desired
  • Breastfeeding pillow, breast pads, and nipple cream. Please consider having a pump ready if needed.
  • Emergency and support persons’ phone numbers