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What to pack for my labor bag?

Hi ladies!!  Its about the time that I should pack my bag for when I go into labor.  What did you find ESSENTIAL?  What item(s) just took up space in your bag?  I do not want to overpack, but I want to make sure that I don't have to send Evan back to the house for anything. 

A little background:
- Birth center (attached to a hospital) that is very forward thinking and mother friendly.
- Only 10mins from home.
- They can accommodate vegetarian/vegan diets no problem!
- Evan will not be spending the night as we still have Bella to tend to and do not want to board her.  *This might change depending on when/if my Mom can make it up (7 hour drive for her).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!!  :flower:

I'm sorry, I didn't mean to scare you. The fact is, severe tearing like that doesn't happen that much.

She was only 6 lb 12 oz. The whole day is a complete haze, and I'm still not exactly sure how I ended up where I ended up.

Warning - this is a bit harrowing, don't read if labor stories scare you...

I had a planned homebirth, with the most respected midwife in my area. Even the OB that did my ultrasound had really great things to say about her. I loved her, and still do....but in retrospect, I'm not sure that all the right choices were made - on our part or on hers. My baby was 3 weeks late to start with. My water broke 4.5 days before she was delivered. I was in labor for 3 days at home. Eventually, the midwife was using her fingers to push my cervix aside, which probably wasn't the right thing to do. Finally, I just gave up and we went to the hospital, I needed the pain relief.

My midwife advised us to basically lie to the hospital staff about when my water broke because they would schedule an immediate c-section and put my  baby in the NICU....so we did. I was hysterical when I was admitted and they gave me a drug (I don't know what) to calm me down. It basically erased all my memories for several hours. Fortunately, the epidural was great and I didn't experience any more pain, even with all the tearing as she was crowning. The first drug wore off, and I can remember things after that.

My temperature was normal when I arrived at the hospital, but at some point it went to 104. At that point, they decided the baby needed to come out NOW, and used a vacuum. They tried four times and the fourth time worked at getting her out. Her position wasn't optimal- her head was turned to the side and she had a giant welt and bruising on the side of her head for the first week. She was placed in the NICU to monitor for infection because of my temperature and because my water broke a long time ago (even though they thought it had broken only 12 hours earlier). Fortunately, there was no infection and she was perfectly healthy.

The repair right after birth took 4 hours, but the doctor did a really, really great job. I have no complaints about the hospital delivery staff at all. They were great.

My whole reason for wanting a homebirth wasn't about having a "natural" unmedicated birth. For me, it was all about postpartum. Having the baby right there on my chest without quibbling for it...I know you could find an OB who was "friendly" to that sort of thing, but I didn't see myself as asserting or demanding enough to get it in a hospital. We don't have any birthing centers here. Well, she ended up in the NICU. I saw her briefly after my surgery and then not again until the next morning because I was so out of it (fortunately, my husband went and visited her alot). I felt guilty for a long time. But she is great now, so wishing for something different would be wishing for another kid.

For a long time, I said if I had another baby, I'd try again at home with the same midwife....I just had a love affair with the fantasy in my head about my baby's birth. Now I think I could get what I want with a friendly OB, with pain medication. But I'm not having another baby, so the point is moot (that decision has nothing to do with the birth...we knew it would only be one kid since the outset of our marriage).

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Youch, and I thought a 2  hr induced labor that went too fast to get pain meds was bad or the 12 hrs of back labor with the anesthesiologist unavailable although my OB sent me to the hospital at 8 hrs for pain relief.  Oh, it was 19 yrs ago and they were remodeling to have labor/delivery/recovery as one room.  She flipped over and wanted out NOW!  My Dr had gone to lunch saying I would be OK until her got back  LOL.  She crowned in the hall as they were wheeling me from labor to delivery.  The Dr did the epesiotomy (sp?) without Novocain.  I have no idea what the Dr's name was who delivered her was.  #3 I finally got the epidural in time, at least in theory, but his heart rate dropped and it did not take effect right so it was an emergency c-sect, vertical incision for speed.  Again, it happened so fast my Dr was on the way.  The resident did the surgery, my OB closed.  We called our youngest our smurf because he was blue at birth.  It is cases like that which make me scared for anyone considering a home birth although I know they are rare.

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I'm sorry, I didn't mean to scare you. The fact is, severe tearing like that doesn't happen that much.

She was only 6 lb 12 oz. The whole day is a complete haze, and I'm still not exactly sure how I ended up where I ended up.

Warning - this is a bit harrowing, don't read if labor stories scare you...

I had a planned homebirth, with the most respected midwife in my area. Even the OB that did my ultrasound had really great things to say about her. I loved her, and still do....but in retrospect, I'm not sure that all the right choices were made - on our part or on hers. My baby was 3 weeks late to start with. My water broke 4.5 days before she was delivered. I was in labor for 3 days at home. Eventually, the midwife was using her fingers to push my cervix aside, which probably wasn't the right thing to do. Finally, I just gave up and we went to the hospital, I needed the pain relief.

My midwife advised us to basically lie to the hospital staff about when my water broke because they would schedule an immediate c-section and put my  baby in the NICU....so we did. I was hysterical when I was admitted and they gave me a drug (I don't know what) to calm me down. It basically erased all my memories for several hours. Fortunately, the epidural was great and I didn't experience any more pain, even with all the tearing as she was crowning. The first drug wore off, and I can remember things after that.

My temperature was normal when I arrived at the hospital, but at some point it went to 104. At that point, they decided the baby needed to come out NOW, and used a vacuum. They tried four times and the fourth time worked at getting her out. Her position wasn't optimal- her head was turned to the side and she had a giant welt and bruising on the side of her head for the first week. She was placed in the NICU to monitor for infection because of my temperature and because my water broke a long time ago (even though they thought it had broken only 12 hours earlier). Fortunately, there was no infection and she was perfectly healthy.

The repair right after birth took 4 hours, but the doctor did a really, really great job. I have no complaints about the hospital delivery staff at all. They were great.

My whole reason for wanting a homebirth wasn't about having a "natural" unmedicated birth. For me, it was all about postpartum. Having the baby right there on my chest without quibbling for it...I know you could find an OB who was "friendly" to that sort of thing, but I didn't see myself as asserting or demanding enough to get it in a hospital. We don't have any birthing centers here. Well, she ended up in the NICU. I saw her briefly after my surgery and then not again until the next morning because I was so out of it (fortunately, my husband went and visited her alot). I felt guilty for a long time. But she is great now, so wishing for something different would be wishing for another kid.

For a long time, I said if I had another baby, I'd try again at home with the same midwife....I just had a love affair with the fantasy in my head about my baby's birth. Now I think I could get what I want with a friendly OB, with pain medication. But I'm not having another baby, so the point is moot (that decision has nothing to do with the birth...we knew it would only be one kid since the outset of our marriage).

I can totally relate to your story.  We had planned a homebirth, as well.  About a month before the baby came, my broken rib (broken during pregnancy, so not much could be done) started absolutely killing me from all of the extra weight.  I ended up on Percocet and bedrest for three weeks, before I finally went crazy and agreed to a scheduled C-Section.  The whole pregnancy was so traumatic for both DH and me (several hospitalizations, fainting spells, two broken bones, etc.) that I never want to do it again.  DH has actually threatened to punch well-intentioned family members who suggest that 'I'll forget' and want to do it all over again.  If, and that's a biggie, I ever do, I will definitely do a hospital birth.  I have so much more to say, and questions for the other girls, but maybe we need a labor stories thread so that I don't hijack LLG's anymore. 

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