If you are having a baby, this is a very exciting time in your life. Your life is probably going to change quite dramatically. Even if you have had children already, adding an additional baby to the family sparks the same change. I’m sure that if you are having a baby, there are many thoughts that are swarming through your head in order to prepare for having a baby. There is one thought that is probably not at the top of your thought chain, but it is still something extremely important to be aware of. And that is: What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag? It is quite common that your prenatal doctor will tell you about the hospital bag that you need to prepare, but some people may push that aside to the last minute. They also may believe that this is not important. There are others that believe that the hospitals will provide everything for you. Yes, hospitals do offer great resources, but if you have the opportunity to provide your own hospital bag, it is highly suggested. Hospitals can be a very intimidating place, so you want to make sure that you make your hospital experience as comfortable as possible.
Item #1 Although your trip to the hospital when you are in labor can not be predicted down to the very minute, there are things that you can do to prepare. All hospitals want their patients, even through an unexpected labor visit, to provide valid picture identification, any insurance information, and additional hospital paperwork. Hospitals require this documentation in order to appease their slate legislation.
Item #2 Hospitals want you to supply them with a birth plan. Although this is not a requirement of all hospitals, hospitals do want to see that you have a birth plan in writing. This is highly encouraged in order to make your hospital stay as smooth as possible. Childbirth is a very big part of a women’s life, so you want to make sure that you have the most comfortable procedure in a way that you would like it.
Item #3 A personal item that you need to bring to you with the hospital are your eyeglasses. If you are in labor, make sure that if you wear eyeglasses, you already have them packed in your hospital bag. Hospitals can be accommodating, but you are not going to want to fight to have to put your contact lenses in if you do not have to.
Item #4 Hospitals also suggest that you bring any toiletries that you may need. Hospitals do provide some personal items if you do not have them, but you want to bring your personal items to make the experience as pleasant as you possibly can. This includes your bathrobe, a nightgown, a couple set of slippers, and a few pairs of socks.