What You Really Need in Your Birth Center Bag for Him and Her

birth center bag checklist

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We are gearing up for Baby #4 joining our family any week now! One of the last things I always forget to remember is a birthing bag for our midwife center. A birth center bag for a midwife center is much like a hospital bag. If you are having a hospital birth, this post is still for you AND your birth partner.

In my case my birth partner is my husband, but perhaps yours is a friend or mother. This post is to help you each prepare what to put in your bags (and have ready!) when your water breaks or the contractions hit THAT point of no return. I kind of wanted to title this the “Minimalist Birth Center Bag Guide” because I don’t feel like you *need* that much. Most hospitals and birth centers provide you with a lot of what you need.

birth center bag checklist



Her Birth Center Bag

  • postpartum underwear (This Frida Mom disposable underwear is my favorite underwear–even my midwife commented on how wonderful they were)
  • nursing tank and bra
  • nursing pads
  • diffuser + essential oils
  • robe for post delivery (Love these gowns from Pink Blush!)
  • birthing gown (I have this one from Frida Mom)
  • snacks
  • toiletry bag
  • PJ top + bottom
  • Going home outfit for mom (loose shirt and bottoms)
  • phone charger
  • glasses/contacts
  • chapstick
  • flip flops
  • sports bra
  • water bottle
  • hair ties!


His Birth Center Bag

  • swim trunks (for potential water birth)
  • change of clothes
  • PJs
  • toiletry bag
  • water bottle
  • snacks
  • phone charger

For Baby (in one of your bags!)

  • swaddle blanket (I recommend Solly Baby)
  • Going home outfit
  • Sleeper
  • hat
  • carseat

Why Don’t I Need All the Things?

The truth of the matter is birth centers have diapers, wipes, blankets, and hats for your baby. They provide you with icepacks and pads too along with a bed for 2 (at mine!!) that has pillows and blankets.  You also are not at a center for a very long time (mine won’t keep you past 12 hours). If you are at a hospital you probably will want to double the amount of clothes and other specific items.

I recommend packing your bag about a month before your due date. Some of you are Type A and saying, it is literally *never* too early and this is true too. I also keep a little list for when it is “go time” to add into my bag of things that I use daily (i.e. my glasses and phone charger). Keeping it on a separate paper with my bag helps my know exactly what to get instead of trying to remember those items in panic mode!

That’s it. Enjoy that baby, mama. You can go all things through Christ who gives you strength! (Phil. 4:13)

Birth Center Bag




One Comment on “What You Really Need in Your Birth Center Bag for Him and Her”

  1. We cannot wait for baby #4. We are so blessed to know you and your family. We pray the Lord gives you strength as you raise baby #4.

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