Hospital Bag

What do I need to pack in my hospital bag?

The best way to pack for hospital is to be pragmatic and have everything organised in 3 separate main bags that you will take in with you: a main labour bag, a labour bag and a bag for your partner.


You can, then, have a fourth bag with extra clothing, underwear and items like pads and nappies ready at home for your partner to grab in case you have an extended hospital stay.


What Should I Pack?


The main bag


You’ll need some key things like toiletries, night clothes and underwear, and a change of clothes, aswell as Maternity pads, Any regular medication you are on, Your maternity notes and Your birth plan if you have one.


Your post-birth bag


Your post-birth bag should include everything you’ll need immediately after giving birth and for that first toilet trip:- Like flip flops, Night dress, Maternity pads, 1 pair of pants, My Expert Midwife Spritz for Bits


You labour bag


This is a small bag that will hold essential items you may need during labour, such as:- A refillable water bottle, Hair-ties, A hand-fan, A flannel, Lip balm, TENS machine/wheat bag.


For a full list, and more hints and tips, that also includes what to pack for your baby and your partner see our full Hospital Bag blog. 

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At My Expert Midwife we are helping you with 5 steps to prepare and recovery for childbirth, Step 3 is your hospital bag where our midwives have broken down all the essentials you should take along and tops tips on how to pack them.

To find out more about our 5 steps on how to prepare and recover from childbirth, follow the link.

Download your FREE hospital bag checklist here

Ideally your hospital bag should be packed and ready to go before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Our midwives have pulled together this handy checklist to ensure you don't miss anything last minute.

What to pack in your hospital bag

Watch our video to find out more.

Why we developed Spritz for Bits

Spritz for Bits was developed by our co-founder and registered midwife Lesley Gilchrist, Listen to why she developed it specially for post birth recovery and those first few hours, days and weeks after birth

Our midwives have chosen these essential hospital bag products that will help you through labour, birth and those first few days and weeks postpartum. Presented in a premium and highly durable My Expert Midwife clear toiletries bag, making it easy to find what you need, when you need it.


Including looking after your perineum with Spritz for Bits and New Soak for Bits, best for breastfeeding and baby's bottoms with No Harm Nipple Balm and No Harm Bum Balm for baby, and Spritz to Uplift.

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