Packing Your Birth Center Bag

packing birth center bagSo, there’s only a handful of weeks left before you welcome your little one in to the world. Excitement doesn’t even begin to cover it!  You might also be wondering… “What do I pack in our birth bag?”… especially if it will be your first experience in a birth center.

It’s common to stay at a birth center around four to six hours after the birth, meaning you won’t need to pack as much as you might for a longer hospital stay. There are also more home comforts at a birth center – from full kitchen facilities to bath tubs to soak in – which again can influence what you might want to bring with you.

To help you get started, we’ve pulled together a recommended checklist for you. Use it as a rough guide and simply add to the core list to personalize it for you and your partner. Remember, if you have any questions or worries, don’t hesitate to call your birth center – they are there to help you get the birth you’ve always dreamed of!

Things to pack for you:

  • Your birth plan
  • Insurance card and phone number
  • Comfortable clothes (and shoes / slippers) to wear during labor, (and perhaps a sports bra / bikini top if a water birth is your preference)
    • Top tip: if you are planning a photographer to capture this special arrival, think solid block colors and minimal logos for both you and your partner
  • Headband and hair ties to keep hair out of your face during delivery
  • Favorite drinks – think juice, coconut water or electrolyte drinks – and nourishing snacks for both labor and postpartum.
    • A lot of birth centers like ours, have cooking facilities for you to use, so you can even some of your home cooked favorites with you for a well-earned post labor treat!
  • Essential oils and massage oils
  • Back labor massage tools
  • Rice sock / heating pad
  • Books, magazine, games for relaxation
  • Hand-held fan
  • Your preferred toiletries  – we’d recommend some soothing lip balm too.
  • Glasses / contact lenses and solution
  • Phone / camera / video camera, plus chargers
  • Call list (if you’re old school and like to have a hard copy)
  • Music player – for your relaxing labor playlist
  • A fresh nightgown, nursing bras and spare old dark underwear for post delivery
  • Maternity pads
  • Comfortable going home clothes
  • Loose change for unknown expenses, like parking fees. Just in case.

 

Things to pack for Baby: 

  • A few different outfits and hats – including accessories for newborn photos, plus the outfit you want baby to go home in
  • Blankets, including a swaddle blanket
  • Cloth diapers (if choosing to go cloth) or disposable diapers
  • Wipes
  • Burp cloths
  • A gift from baby for big brother or sister for that precious first meeting
  • Infant car seat
    • We’d advise playing around with the seat prior to baby’s arrival, just to ensure you feel confident installing the seat in the car, as well as securing baby safely in the seat. If in doubt, go to a car seat inspection spot for installation support.

Just to be super prepared, you might also want to pack a hospital bag in case of transport, consisting of additional spare clothes, pads, toiletries, diapers, wipes etc.
We hope this helped. Good luck mamas to be, you will be great. You’ve totally got this!

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You Guys Rock!

winner-badgeWe won a ‘Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award 2016’. Hooray!

We are absolutely thrilled to be named ‘Hippest Baby and Maternity Shop’ in SoCal. Thank you so so much to everyone who voted for us – you guys are the best. And you ALL need to share this wonderful moment with us, because we are much more than just a business, Babies in Bloom is a community. A place to not only shop, but learn and share family experiences, whatever your parenting style (no judgement here!). You make us who we are and that’s a big part of what makes us winners.

Some wise old soul once said: ‘Customers may forget what you said, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.’ And we truly believe that. We aim to make all our customers feel heard. Feel supported. Feel excited. Feel inspired. Feel confident, and just feel special – like every mama and mama-to-be should. Daddies, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles too. The whole family.

And thanks to you, we feel pretty special right now too. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you once again for taking the time to vote for us. And thank you for shopping small. We hope to see you really soon!

 

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Happy Birthday to Us!

image3What a party to remember! A big thank you to everyone who attended our Babies in Bloom Birthday Extravaganza – it was so good to see you and your beautiful growing families.

Our hearts are warmed and overwhelmed by the support that our community continues to show not just us, but each other too. We are so proud to offer a safe sanctuary for all parents and parents-to-be to meet, learn, support and shop small.  What an honor it is to watch parents grow in excitement and confidence, as well as share their valuable experiences, via our facilities. We think we have the best job in the world, and today’s birthday fun just proved it!

Our doors opened at 9am, offering the first 50 families a special gift bag with purchases, followed by a completely free pre-natal yoga class for those moms-to-be looking for ways to relax and bond with their growing baby. (If you missed our free taster, but are interested in yoga classes, check out our events calendar – we run classes twice a week at the boutique.)

image1-3We were also so lucky to host a Hullaballoo concert for our families. There was a sea of toddler wiggles, clapping hands and musical instruments throughout the performance!  Our favourite was definitely the ‘Sippy Cup’ song for coffee loving Moms. We triple challenge you to get this song out of your head. We haven’t stopped singing it yet. ‘She’s got a growwwwn up sippy cup, she goes to Starrrrbucks to fill it up….’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSXjlvdziQw
We’re hoping the adorable petting zoo from Nettie’s Party Pals, the free pony rides on the adorable 12 year old Magic, the bounce house, the carnival games and yummy popcorn meant that your little ones napped like champions for the rest of the afternoon / that night. We certainly did!image2

If you were unable to stay for the afternoon to attend the Babywearing and Car Seat 101 classes – fear not, we also have those running throughout the month at the Boutique. Again just check our class calendar for future dates.
And finally for those who entered our raffle on the day, we sure hope you were victorious! There were some fabulous prizes were up for grabs – enjoy!

Now the big question….how do we top that for next year’s birthday?

 

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International Day of the Midwife

unnamedIn honor of International Day of the Midwife this week (May 5th), we are taking a moment to celebrate the AMAZING work midwives do!

They strive tirelessly to ensure safe and positive birth experiences, and there is no finer example of this than the dedicated midwife in Houston who hit the headlines last month by riding an inflatable swan to a client during a major flood. Nothing was going to stop this woman from attending a birth!

13EE610BECB842B1AA07F808AC85FEAEIt takes such a special type of person to be able to penetrate someone’s life while they prepare to bring a brand new life of their own in to the world.  From building trust and forming a connection to offering support, advice and endless reassurance – midwives are rocks. What a lasting imprint they make on so many lives. We are so so grateful for their devotion, passion, empathy and strength.

Looking for a midwife?

Finding a midwife can be a daunting task. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ job – we know just how important it is to find the right person to share your incredible journey with. We have a healthy list of recommended practitioners listed here, but what are the next steps to help you try and make your birth everything you want it to be?

First, take your time. Don’t rush this. We recommend checking out potential midwives websites –especially client testimonial pages. Don’t forget to ask like-minded mama friends for recommendations too. After this research phase, you can create a short list of midwives for interviews.

For interviews, prepare a thorough list of questions covering all your areas of preferences and concerns. Ask them about their general pregnancy and birth philosophy to see if it mirrors yours. Ask them about their training and experience. Ask them what happens if you go past 42 weeks. Ask them what their newborn protocol is (these can vary greatly). Ask them anything that is on your mind. Even ask them about their own birth experiences if you choose…whatever it takes to build that all important trust and connection with them.

And last but not least, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. You will know when you have found ‘the one!’ Never stop listening to that voice inside your head, even if you have already found a midwife, but feel that something isn’t quite right. Remember, mama knows best! Do what feels right for you.

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