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July 2nd, 2011, 10:21 AM
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All of the talk about hospital bags in my DDC got me thinking, should I pack an emergency hospital bag? I plan to ask my midwife at our appt later today, but I thought I would see if anyone here did that. I'm thinking I should at least make up a list of things I would need DH to grab if baby/I did need to transfer.
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July 2nd, 2011, 08:47 PM
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I responded to you in another forum but wanted to add that there are a lot of hospital bag packing lists to be found online.

Unless you live very far away from the hospital personally I wouldn't put too much thought into a bag. In mine I pretty much just grabbed stuff that was close(ie: the PJs that were on the top of the laundry pile) as opposed to hospital birthers who often go out and buy new stuff or pack their cutest things.

Your higher priority would be a list of stuff for your husband(your purse, camera, cell, paperwork...lock up the dog...call your mother)
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July 3rd, 2011, 01:03 PM
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I am going to have one just in case. My son had to go to the NICU after birth and I had nothing. Im not going to put tons of stuff in it but I am going to have a few things. Especially since my son transferred and I didnt so I had no female products or anything. I was just standing there in my pajamas.
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July 3rd, 2011, 09:25 PM
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I am going to have one just in case. My son had to go to the NICU after birth and I had nothing. Im not going to put tons of stuff in it but I am going to have a few things. Especially since my son transferred and I didnt so I had no female products or anything. I was just standing there in my pajamas.
That's a good point. I was going to say no. I didn't for my DD's birth (my first HB). But I was thinking of the scenario of transferring myself during labor. And really I couldn't think of anything. We'd probably be there for a couple days and I'd send DH home to get stuff or have my mom bring me something.

But if baby transfers and you don't... it be nice to have some PP pads at least! (That mental image of you is so sad! )
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July 3rd, 2011, 09:48 PM
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I hadn't thought of this at all but I guess it would be a good idea to pack a small bag with necessities or at least set some things aside in case baby or I need to be transferred. I guess worst case scenario is DH or someone having to come home and get me stuff but it would be nice to have everything in a convenient location and easy to grab if need be.
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July 4th, 2011, 08:47 AM
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This is one of the things that's listed on the Home Birth Supply List our midwives gave us. It says "Please have your car filled with gas and a bag packed for yourself (nursing gown, slippers, etc.) and the baby (diapers, pins, blankets, gown, etc.) in case we need to transport to the hospital." I think it's a good idea, but honestly, I didn't really have a good bag packed for myself the last time when we actually planned a hospital birth! I'm a pretty poor planner when it comes to stuff like this. We were still throwing Charlie's outfits into our bag as I was standing there having contractions and waiting for our taxi!
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July 4th, 2011, 12:55 PM
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I didn't pack one but I just figured dh would go back home since its not far. Plus the hospital has diapers and pads and my kids didn't wear clothes for awhile after they were born so no need for them right away.
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July 4th, 2011, 02:50 PM
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They also told us to make sure we had our carseat installed at least three weeks before the due date....which we haven't done yet and actually still need to do....
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July 5th, 2011, 09:52 AM
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I didn't. I didn't even use my hospital bag when I had a hospital birth with ds1.
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July 5th, 2011, 06:49 PM
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I didn't use most of the stuff in my hospital bag anyways! Well, except the Depends and diapers. (We were using cloth, they would have supplied sposies.) My mom was staying with us and brought the stuff I needed later on, so I don't really plan on packing one next time. Just the diaper bag and install the carseat. (Which takes all of 5 minutes, if that.)
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My midwife told me to have a bag packed. "It's like fire insurance. If you have it ready, you wont need it!" So yeah, I'll have one. But I'm not going to put a lot of effort into it. We only live 2 miles from the hospital. If I'd need anything, DH could go and get it and be back in time.
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July 11th, 2011, 10:33 PM
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I'll probably just have a small stack with some diapers, an outfit for me and baby and some baby blankets in the bassinet basket so if need be all dh has to do is throw the stuff in a bag and go. If I were to have to go and send him back for things there's no telling what he would pack lol. My 5th child was in the NICU for 8 days and I stayed with him, I sent him home for clothes for me and he brought me shirts that were my kids shirts. They actually fit until 2 days later when my milk came in lol.
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