Preparing for a trip to the hospital

Approximately two weeks before the expected term of childbirth (and if you are non-believers, then much earlier), it is necessary to collect all the essentials that you take with you to the hospital, and also what you and your baby will be useful at discharge. 1) Documents

Let's start with a list of what you always have to carry with you from the seventh month of pregnancy, when the birth can begin at any time:

  • Passport and its copy.
  • The policy of compulsory medical insurance (CHI).
  • Generic certificate. If you were not registered in a women's consultation, but were observed during pregnancy in a commercial clinic, you will be issued a birth certificate in the hospital.
  • A completed exchange card with the results of the required tests.
  • Analyzes on AIDS (2 analyzes).
  • Results of ultrasound (if any).
  • The address of the maternity hospital, the contact phone of the doctor with whom you plan to give birth.
  • Mobile phone with charging.
  • The contract for childbirth - if you did it.
2) Things that will be useful during childbirth
    • Cotton robe. In it you will change when you enter the admissions ward of the hospital. Those things that were on you, you need to give to relatives or leave for storage in the hospital.
    • A spacious elongated warm T-shirt with sleeves 3/4 or a nightgown.
    • Cotton and warm socks, but not woolen.
Births can normally occur on any of the days from the 38th to the 42nd week inclusive. Therefore, by the 36th week, you should specify the address of the maternity hospital, the phone number of the reference and admission department and the period when a maternity hospital is being carried out in your chosen maternity hospital.
  • Washable slippers.
  • Anti-varicose stockings - they are worn during labor, if there are problems with the veins of the lower extremities.
  • Drinking at the time of birth. Well, if it is mineral water without gas or a special herbal tea for childbirth. (Herbal tea for delivery is convenient to take in a thermos bottle.) If allowed in the hospital, you can take light meals.)
  • Facial wipes - they are useful when you need to wipe the sweat: a napkin can be moistened with water and applied to the forehead, to the lips.
  • A small bath towel.
3) Things you need after giving birth

After birth, you will need a shirt with fasteners in front or a light robe. Usually in the ward, where the mother is with the newborn, it can be very warm.

  • Hygienic supplies: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, hairbrush, nourishing cream.
  • Hygienic pads with high hygroscopicity for the first days. For the following period, you can take less thick, but well "breathing" (2-3 packs).
  • One-time postpartum panties. They can be purchased at pharmacies and stores for expectant mothers. They are made of non-woven material, sold in sets of 4-6 pieces. There are also mesh elastic postpartum shorts that perfectly hold the gasket and do not interfere with the healing of the joints.
  • Pads for breasts. Reusable pads absorb a relatively small amount of milk. They can be washed. Disposable liners absorb much more milk due to the absorbent and retaining cellulose layer. They will be more convenient if there is a lot of milk.
  • Lining on the chest. If the nipples are retracted, you can prepare the overlays-sombrero. Sombrero is placed on the nipple, so that the baby can suck through the hole in it. Before use, the patch should be thoroughly washed, and during feeding it should be hand held.
  • Cream for the nipples, relieving pain with cracks and abrasions. Nourishing cream for face and hands.
  • Prepare in advance two bras for feeding. Convenient if the bra is with a front buckle.
  • Sterile gauze wipes can be useful.
  • Laxative suppositories on glycerin base or herbal laxative. Perhaps you need an enema.
  • Cotton socks are suitable.
  • In advance, get acquainted with the list of products that can be brought to the hospital after delivery. Remember the rules of nutrition during lactation. Be sure to consider the season: spring, summer, winter, autumn. Tell this to the Pope or the person who will come to you in the hospital. Be especially attentive to the products the first two to three months after childbirth, if you feed your baby breast, and in the summer.
  • In addition, you may need: a mobile phone and a charger to it; camera; favorite book; player; nail scissors; notebook and pen; a plate, a fork, a spoon, a cup; polyethylene bags for dirty laundry.
4) Things for babies in the hospital
  • Disposable diapers. Put in the bag for crumbs 2 packs of disposable diapers for newborns. The smallest size is indicated on the package: No. 1 (2.5 kg). If you are expecting the birth of a larger child, buy No. 2 (3-6 kg). There are also nappies for premature babies - No. 0 (from 1.3 kg).
  • Special cream for diaper. It should be used in case of redness, irritation or the appearance of diaper rash on the baby's skin.
  • Wet wipes. They are indispensable when changing diapers. Choose napkins without fragrances and with a minimum of vegetable and cream additives.
  • Baby soap. Better and more convenient - with a dispenser. It should be practically odorless, it can contain extracts of string and chamomile.
  • "Anti-scratch" - mittens without fingers, so that the baby does not hurt himself with nails.
  • Cotton socks of the smallest size (2-3 pairs).
  • The first clothes.
5) Things to extract

On the day of discharge you will be taken to the discharge room along with the crumb, where you will have the opportunity to put yourself in order and change clothes. A nurse at this time will change your precious child. So, you will need:

For Mom. Clothing for the season, convenient for feeding, as well as shoes (preferably without heels). Yes, and do not forget about cosmetics. But only hypoallergenic, without sharp odors. And also hair dryer, tongs, hair styling products and everything that you usually use, indulging in beauty.

For the baby. Previously, it was customary to take a child out of the hospital in a blanket or a smart envelope, bandaged with a ribbon. Now this option seems acceptable only if you will give birth next to the house and carry the child in your arms. And if you have to go in the car and, accordingly, put the baby in the car seat, then the envelope will not work. Therefore, it is better to prepare for the extract for the crumbs only cap and overalls for the season. And, of course, we need to think over all the other details: the lower suit, the cap, etc. However, it is also not recommended to wrap the baby too much: it is enough to dress the baby the same way you would dress yourself, plus one more layer.

Pick up from the hospital:

1) exchange card (for yourself and for the child; make a copy);

2) a certificate in the registry office for the registration of the child;

3) a leaflet with recommendations and a conclusion about the health of the child (it is necessary to specify what procedures were performed, what medications were administered to the child).

Read on this topic:
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  • Before birth: test for readiness
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