Birth bag


Copying the NHS guide, and some of our own ideas, here are some things to pack:

For yourself, you will probably want to pack:

  • your birth plan and hospital notes
  • something loose and comfortable to wear during labour that doesn’t restrict you from moving around or make you too hot, plus about 3 changes of clothes
  • 2 or 3 comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras if you’re planning to breastfeed – remember, your breasts will be much larger than usual

Used nursing bras on ebay

  • breast pads

nursing accessories from hellobaby

Natracare Natural Nursing Pads – Pack of 26 from Nature’s Health Box

  • a couple of packets of super-absorbent sanitary or maternity pads

Night heavy flow pads from GreenBay (UK)

Superflow Maternity Pads from Boutique Vegan (de)

Intimate Hygiene Wipes from Boutique Vegan (de)

  • 5 or 6 pairs of knickers – you may want to bring some disposable ones

article about disposable underwear

  • your washbag with toothbrush, hairbrush, flannel, soap, lip balm, deodorant, hair ties and other toiletries
  • towels
  • things to help you pass the time and relax – for example, books, magazines, music or podcasts
  • a fan or water spray to cool you down
  • front-opening or loose-fitting nighties or tops if you’re going to breastfeed
  • dressing gown and slippers (or flip flops)
  • a loose, comfortable outfit to wear home
  • a camera
  • healthy snacks and drinks/ water


Snacks from TheVeganKind (UK)snacks and cereal bars from GreenBay (UK)Snacks from Boutique Vegan (de), and raw snacks from Boutique Vegan (de) , snacks from Vekoop (de)


  • extra pillows
  • A TENS machine if you intend to use one

Used tens machines from ebay.  These can also be hired.

  • any medications you are taking

For the baby you might want to pack:

muslin cloths from Daisy Baby, hellobaby, and used from ebay

  • your hospital, midwife or doula’s phone number
  • your partner or birth partner’s phone number
  • your own hospital reference number, which is on your card or notes (you will be asked for this when you phone in)


  • Stress relief such as- homeopathic child birth kit from Helios, Bach flowers, massage oil
  • Hypnobirth/ relaxation/ music playlist and battery pack
  • Birth stool or ball

Used balls from ebay

  • Partner’s swimming gear for water birth/ your own bikini top if prefered
  • Bed pads


  • earplugs to use if birth partner is awake (apparently hospital wards are loud)