Packing the essentials for your hospital bag

You should plan the list for your hospital bag as soon as you decide whether you will give birth at the hospital or at a birth clinic. The bag should be all set up and ready to grab two or three weeks before your due date at the latest. Your midwife or your antenatal class instructor will help you with the details, maternity notes and all the important to-do lists for the big moment.

It is recommended to pack two small bags, in order to have the items for labour separated from the items prepared for after birth.

Make sure to include the following essentials in your labour bag:

  • your maternity notes
  • a list of all the important phone numbers (have them in your phone as well)
  • about 3 changes of loose clothes to wear during labour; pick the most comfortable and breathable clothes
  • a dressing gown and slippers
  • socks or leg warmers
  • a birth ball, in case you’ve planned to use one (check with the hospital or your birth clinic to see if they already have one)
  • a toiletry bag with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, towel, hairbrush, hairbands and clips (if you have long hair) and a lip balm
  • a sponge or a water spray for your partner to cool you down during the heat waves of labour
  • sanitary pads
  • healthy snacks, drinks and a straw
  • your tablet, iPod, magazines or a book to help you pass the time or relax
  • phone and charger
  • props or pillows to make yourself more comfortable at the hospital (they might not have enough extra pillows)

Have a separate bag for items needed after your baby is born. If you will have a straightforward birth, you and your baby will probably arrive at home a few hours after birth. If you will give birth by C-section, you may stay between 3 and 5 days in the postnatal ward, in which case you may need to pack a few extra essentials.

Here are the basic items for your after-birth bag:

  • comfortable clothes to wear after you have given birth and for going home
  • a baby blanket to wrap your new-born baby in
  • baby clothes, hat and nappies
  • if you’re giving birth in the winter, pack a jacket or a snowsuit for the baby
  • an infant car seat
  • two or three nursing bras
  • breast pads
  • maternity pads
  • front-opening shirts will come in handy for breastfeeding
  • travel-size toiletries
  • towels
  • eye mask and earplugs for restful sleep and naps

Music therapy for dynamic and perceptive babies

Music is one of our best friends, we always know it will be there whenever we’re feeling blue and need a shoulder to cry on or we are bursting with joy.  As Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

Each of us has found at least one song which completely identifies us and which conveys in words or notes our deepest feeling and emotions: (“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” ― Leonard Bernstein).

Therefore, we strongly recommend the music therapy during your pregnancy. It has been proven that the mothers-to-be who listen to music are less likely to feel the less pleasant moments of pregnancy. Music therapy is also a helpful factor when giving birth and having a more perceptive baby.

Music therapy is a branch of psychotherapy which uses music as a means of communication. Music has been used even since ancient times for curing different diseases and, to that effect, the history acknowledges that Plato was one of the first promoters who discovered and promoted the music therapy. Starting with the 19th century, the music therapy has been used for treating different mental and emotional disorders, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, pregnancy discomfort, etc.

Music therapy may take two forms: an active form, which involves playing a music instrument, and a passive one, which involves listening to music.  Studies have reported that the persons who listen to Mozart, Bach, Beethoven or Chopin are far less stressed, depressed, nervous or anxious.

Music can also help you through the bio-resonance induced by the vibrations of sounds produced by the classic and instrumental music. It can rebalance your energy fields, it can wipe away your stress and tiredness and can significantly change the capacity of your baby to assimilate food through the umbilical cord

In our next articles, you’ll find out several tips for efficient music listening sessions and best playlist suggestions for your pregnancy term.