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Your Ultimate Birth Supply Lists - Home, Birth Center, or Hospital (and free printable checklists!)



What should you have on hand or bring for your birth? We've got you covered right here!


Below you'll find your master list of things to have on hand for either a home birth OR a hospital/birth center birth, along with some explanations if needed. AND we have a free download to print out and use as a checklist!


You'll likely have some of these things on hand already but we also have links to where you can find them. Many of them can also be borrowed and some can be bought secondhand or at the dollar store. Don't forget your local Buy Nothing group as well.


Always keep in mind, there's not a whole lot of supplies you NEED to have a baby so don't let lists like these overwhelm you! Remember that women have been giving birth for thousands of years without a whole lot of these modern day supplies. But many of them sure can be helpful or comforting to have in some situations and they can contribute to making it the experience you want or are just plain convenient. Also remember that this is your birth and each woman and labor is unique. Some things are going to be more helpful for some and less for others. We tend to think that it's better to have it on hand and not use it than to want it in the moment and not have it ready.


Different hospitals, birth centers, and home birth midwives will provide some of these things so ask your particular place or provider if needed. If you plan on birthing at a hospital or birth center but laboring at home for as long as possible, it would be helpful to take a look at some of the home birth supplies for labor that you might also want to consider as well.


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Home Birth:


Essentials:


Labor Aids/Comfort:


Environment:


Postpartum:



For Nourishment:


For Water Birth:


Spiritual Resources:


For Baby:

  • 6-8 Receiving Blankets

  • Tie/Clamp for Cord (if not provided by midwife)

  • Candle and Box/Tray if Burning Cord

  • Goldenseal Powder (very small amount to help dry cord stump and prevent infection if desired)

  • Small Amount Coconut/Olive Oil (for baby's bum to keep meconium from sticking)

  • Newborn/Size 1 Diapers



>>DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE OR PDF FILE BELOW TO SAVE AND PRINT THE HOME LIST!<<

Home Birth Supply Checklist
.pdf
Download PDF • 119KB

Hospital or Birth Center:


Essentials:

  • Cell Phones and Extra Charger

  • Necessary Toiletries or Medications (Extra Contacts, Glasses, Toothbrush, Etc.)

  • 2-3 Copies of Birth Plan

  • Insurance Card/Identification

  • Gas in Car

  • Credit Card/Cash (for any parking fees, tolls, food delivered, etc.)

  • Old Towel or Chux Pad in Car (in case water releases or is leaking)


Labor Aids/Comfort:


Environment:


For Nourishment:


Spiritual Resources:


Postpartum:


For Baby:

  • CARSEAT Installed in Car

  • 2-3 Newborn Outfits

  • Nursing Pillow (if you will be there for a few days. We HIGHLY recommend the Brest Friend over others.)

  • Blanket (for Car Seat)

Optional:

  • Small Amount Coconut/Olive Oil (for baby's bum to keep meconium from sticking)

  • Newborn/Size 1 Diapers (if you have a preferred brand over hospital)



>>DOWNLOAD THE IMAGE OR PDF FILE BELOW TO SAVE AND PRINT THE HOSPITAL/BIRTH CENTER LIST!<<

Hospital Birth Supply Checklist
.pdf
Download PDF • 108KB

We hope these lists help in all that nesting as you get ready to meet your precious baby face to face! May God bless you and your family during this special time and provide everything you need to welcome this baby in the joy, peace, and grace He offers.


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These are so awesome! Thank you!!!

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