Wondering what are the absolute essentials you should take with you to the hospital?
I was in the hospital for 18 hours of labor and 48 hours of stay in the Maternity ward with my newborn occasionally in the Nursery.
The most important lesson I had learned was that the hospital did provide some of the stuff, but when I got back and checked my insurance claim, I noticed that they had charged me for a few items I did not expect (like pacifiers and nipple shield). My insurance company paid for a part of it and I paid the rest from my pocket.
So the bottom line here is to call the hospital and the insurance company beforehand so you know how much you will end up paying. Neither of the two companies can give you an exact dollar amount (which is of course understandable, as no one knows how your labor and delivery will go and what you will end of needing or using), but do insist on getting a ballpark for various scenarios (c-section versus vaginal delivery, 48-hour maternity and newborn stay, material costs, etc. )
ABOUT THE HOSPITAL
- Most hospitals will offer a facility tour before you deliver. Call ahead and schedule a Tour to familiarize yourself with the Check-in procedures, parking, Labor & Delivery room, Maternity room, Newborn nursery, etc.
- Most hospitals also have guest Wi-Fi access, so you can make use of it fully to send out your Birth announcements, pictures, etc.
- Bring some music along if you are interested.
- You could also bring your labor assist devices like birthing balls, bath tub, etc.
HOSPITAL BAG CHECKLIST
So here’s a list of items that helped me through my 18 hours of labor and 48 hours of stay with my newborn on the maternity ward. Do plan on packing LIGHT! You will be moved a couple of times during your stay, and it would help to have everything you need in just one bag so you don’t have to make multiple trips.