The Expert’s Guide in Packing Your Hospital Bag
There are dozens of articles out there telling first-time moms what to put in your baby go-bag. The list seems to go on and on...nakakalito minsan! Here’s a list of what to bring to the hospital when you’re about to give birth, straight from an OB-GYN’s perspective.
When you are having prenatal checkups at 30 to 32 weeks, the obstetrician will help you prepare for labor and delivery. It’s best to have two ‘Go bags’ ready anytime.
First on the checklist are the important documents that you must bring, otherwise known as the “birth plan” given by your OB. Some refer to it as admitting papers which you will present to the nurses, midwives or residents in the delivery room. For easy referencing, present your ‘mother’s book’ with all the lab examinations. Other important documents include your ID, PHIC membership ID, marriage contract, and HMO card if you have one.
It’s best to place all these documents in one transparent plastic envelope – this will be endorsed to your accompanying person, who will manage the admission as you will be staying in the labor and delivery room. It’s best that you don’t bring too much cash except for the initial deposit. Hospitals accept credit cards except for professional fees.
You will be provided with a hospital gown all throughout your stay but bringing a covering robe would be useful. Make sure that your clothes are easy to wear, comfortable and ‘open’ in front (so you’re breastfeeding-ready). Don’t forget to bring personal care products, toiletries and items for personal use like maternity pads.
Also, don’t forget your camera, battery pack, chargers, and phones. Most of the hospitals allow pictures to be taken by the hospital staff to document this momentous event.
Pack all things for mom in one bag and prepare a separate bag for the baby. Baby clothes include diapers, socks, mittens, bonnet and blanket. You could also pack things separately for your companion. Anticipate visitors; if you want, you can even bring snacks for them.
This is your ‘moment’! You wouldn’t want to be stressed out. We want you to have a safe and positive experience on this journey to motherhood. Be prepared and discuss any of your anxieties with your obstetrician.
About The Expert
DR. CHRISTIA PADOLINA, OB-GYN
Dr. Christia S. Padolina is the president of the Philippine Obstetrics and Gynecological Society (POGS) Foundation Inc. It is the premiere organization of obstetricians and gynecologists nationwide.
It was a dream come true for her to become a physician. Her mother was sickly and she had so much expectations on the healthcare system being on the other side of the equation. She is a graduate of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. It was there that she realized that she wanted to become an obstetrician Gynecologist. She does not mind waking up in the wee hours of the morning as she finds delivering babies exhilarating.
Her subspecialty in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the University of New Mexico in USA paved the way for better maternal care. She is locally and internationally known advocate for safe motherhood.
The views and opinions expressed by the writer are his/her own, and does not state or reflect those of Wyeth Nutrition and its principals.