What to Pack In Your Hospital Bag (Printable Checklist)

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Our 12 years of experience in working with pregnant families in Virginia has taught us that modern mothers have no use for batteries or phone trees in their hospital bags, but so often find outdated lists that suggest these items that they end up schlepping them to and from the hospital, sitting untouched in an over packed bag. But that leaves the question

what do you really need in you hospital bag? 

Not to worry, Doula to the Rescue!  We have used our experience working in hospitals throughout in Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg to create an up-to-date Hospital Packing List for Birth.

We suggest packing two bags, one for when you first arrive at the hospital or birth center,  and one for after your baby is born, so that you can avoid trying to navigate all of that luggage while in labor.

We also have found that there are quite a few items that cannot be packed until you are ready to leave, like your favorite lipstick, your wallet, or contact solution.  We recommend you pack your bags early, but leave a checklist of your Must Have At The Last Minute items where you can see it.  Checking off that final list is a great activity for your partner while you are in early labor.

And if in the rush of birth you do leave something at home, remember that people have been having babies *literally forever*.  All you really need great support and a fantastic care provider to bring your baby into the world.  (And maybe your iPhone for those adorable first baby photos.)


Victoria McCollum

Victoria McCollum is a birth and postpartum doula and owner of Doulas of Fredericksburg, in Fredericksburg, Virgina. She resides there with her husband and three precocious sons.