Packing your hospital bag

For you

Birth Plan/Antenatal notes.

Nightie for labour.

Socks x3

Flip flops

Granny Pants


Bikini top for pool

Nursing bra and breast pads

Wash kit 



Shower Gel

Hair brush

Hair band

Lip balm



Ear plugs/playlist

Maternity pads

Birth Plan/Antenatal notes

Phone Charger


Snacks and drinks

Spare clothes

Clothes for going home


Carrier bags for washing.

Hints and tips

Pack a spare bag to leave at home/in the car with  3 baby outfits, spare pjs, Pack of maternity pads, spare pack of nappies, make it easy for your partner to find these things


Spare tee shirts

Shaving kit

Wash things

Swimming trunks


Hoodie (can get cold when tired)

For baby


Sleep suites

Cellular blanket

Nappies – one packet of newborn

Nappy bags

Cotton wool


Going home outfit (put in separate bag)

First outfit (put in separate bag)


Scratch mitts


Pop the baby outfits in labeled bags eg. first outfit, going home outfit.

Pack your hospital bags for ⅔ day stay (you never know)


It is still important to pack your bags in case there is a need to transfer into hospital.  It also means that your things will be easy to find in labour.

These additional things will be useful for a homebirth:

Kitchen Roll

Several Old Towels

Old Clean Sheet

Old Face Flannels

Bin Bags

A Shower curtain or plastic sheet may be useful for furniture protection.

Published by Medway Hypnobirth

My name is Gill and I am the founder of Medway Hypnobirth. I am a former Midwife with over 15 years experience in antenatal, labour and postnatal care. I have a passion for birth and hope to share my passion for birth with you. I have 3 grown up children (the first of whom followed a long journey of infertility and IVF) who were all born in hospital. I followed my birthing plan which literally stated that I wanted a 'homebirth in hospital'. Throughout my Midwifery journey, I have been present at a fair few homebirths and seen many more babies birthed in hospital and in theatre. Birth follows its own course and I have seen hypnobirth techniques helping many women stay in control of their birth however it happens. I absolutely love teaching hypnobirth, as I can see how it positively affects my clients birthing experiences. The personal support that I can give you at your birth is another key service that I provide. My doula clients get to appreciate that extra level of emotional support that having a doula give you. If you want to find out more about any of the services I provide. Do not hesitate to contact me.

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