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Take This Stuff to Hospital

January 17, 2009

On Tuesday, I packed a small bag for the hospital, that included night clothes for me, and Papa, toothbrushes, and my medications, but when the doctor told me to bring Isa to the Outpatient Center she didn’t tell me what to bring.

As a doula, I prepare the birthing mother with a list of items, that she should take to the hospital. Oddly enough, the list seems quite the same.

[Of course, I type this from just outside Isa’s room on one of the staff computers. Also, something that they don’t tell you. The rule is to stay off of these, but… well, sometimes people like me don’t do what they are told.]

Okay, is everyone just so excited about what to bring to the hospital?

  • underwear and lots of it

You can sometimes wash clothes, but forget about doing that for the first week.  Unless you have some help or a teenager or something, every second is spent beside the bed.

  • a good quality hand lotion

The amount of handwashing borders on the insane, sorry OCD people, no offense.

  • lots and lots of bags.
    • like the Land’s ends totes stuffed inside each other, but these aren’t as easily washed, so…..maybe not
    • AVOID USING  PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS. How many times have you used them as a trash can?  When traveling in China I accidentally threw away the Let’s Go Guide because it was in one of those bags.
    • We have one for food, two for for clothes, one for toys, one for notebooks, and books, journals
      • The hospital gave us a GIANT binder to keep labs and papers.
    • shower stuff
  • flip-flops for the shower
  • laundry soap—just in case you get time.
  • lip balm
  • a cd player, soft music helps her sleep
  • Lotion—yes, i know its on here twice, but my husband forgot to buy it today.
  • Hair ties, for you,  for the children,  to hold pens, whatever
  • insurance cards, someone even asked for her social security number.
    • unless you are a wiz with numbers, who knows their child’s SSN?  Hell, I didn’t even learn my own until I was in college, way back when they still used them as ID numbers.
  • laptop–the rooms could have wi-fi, ours does. See I don’t even really need to be subversively using staff computers. ODD.
  • Water, hospitals are dry and alternate between hot and cold
  • Blanket for the patient, or for yourself. The hospital ones are flimsy.
  • Jacket or Sweatshirt–dressing in layers helps
  • Water bottle or sippy cup. It’s nice for the kids to have some control, they can drink at will… EXCEPT of course when they are NPO, which means nothing to drink.
  • razors–keep your man looking fresh : )
  • pain killer

Of course by the time you’ve been diagnosed, and are reading this blog for the first time, you’ve probably already been admitted to the hospital.  So perhaps any family members or friends reading this can bring these things to you. Mine did!  Thanks 2 Rut!

We keep a bag packed all the time with a few things for a sudden overnight. It has come in handy too.

**UPDATE*** If you are a friend. Consider packing this stuff for your friend or family!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Tara permalink
    January 17, 2009 1:41 pm

    You rule breaker you! 🙂 Glad to see some things don’t change.

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