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Hospital Bag for a Planned Cesarean Birth

Packing for a Planned C-Section

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Dad - C-section

After a cesarean, you will have special needs.

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If you are having a scheduled c-section, you will still want to pack a hospital bag before your scheduled surgery. Sometimes labor still sneaks up on you and you need to grab your bag and go to the hospital. But there are some things that you will want to take with you when you go to the hospital for your birth. Here is the list:

Your Birth Bag

  • Music you would like (You may need to provide your own iPod, CD Player or Tape Player) (To play while you wait or during the birth)
  • Camera with film and batteries Camcorder with charged batteries and accessories
  • Signed copies of your cesarean birth plan
  • Any birth clothes of your own that you wish to wear
  • List of people to call after the baby is born (include childbirth educator)
  • Lip Balm Baby Book for getting the foot prints done by the nurse when she does the paperwork
  • Socks for mom
  • Special foods or drinks
  • Calling Card for Long Distance Calls
  • Things to keep you busy should you wind up having a long wait

Your Postpartum Bag

  • Tooth brushes for everyone and Tooth paste
  • Nursing bras and pads (preferably the washable, soft ones.)
  • Breastfeeding pillow to keep baby off your incision
  • Breastfeeding book
  • Small pillow to brace your incision
  • Going home outfit for baby
  • Blanket for Baby
  • More film (Though you can buy this for higher prices in most gift shops.)
  • Change of clothes for partner and any toiletries needed
  • Your own personal night gown, robe (They will get dirty!)
  • Personal Hygiene items (no-rinse shampoo, your own pads, etc.)
  • Underwear that is c-section friendly
  • Number of La Leche League or other breastfeeding support
  • Number of diaper service (if you need to arrange for delivery)
  • Car Seat with instructions
  • Going home outfit for mom (You will still be look to be about 6 months pregnant. Most women wear the clothes that they wore to the hospital, some bring nursing shirts.)
  • Birth Announcements, stamps, envelopes
  • You might also consider packing a bag for dad too.
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