The big day is creeping closer and its all becoming a little more real now. The precious life you’ve felt grow and wiggle inside you is getting ready to make an appearance.
It’s all a little more daunting now that your partner may not be in attendance with you. But deep down you know you can do this. The midwives are amazing. They are so supportive.
Some hospitals are allowing partners whilst others aren’t. It is worth checking their own websites on the big day itself because the rules change so often. If you, like us, have become frustrated with the current inconsistency in rules, please do sign the petition asking the Government to allow ‘partners allowed for the entirety of labour/birth in all hospitals.
The first thing you’re going to need when you feel those first twinges is your hospital bag, packed and ready to go. Most ladies are in and out within 24 hours but it’s sensible to pack enough for 2 days. There’s no need to pack for +3 days. Even if you do need to stay in longer, your partner will be allowed to enter and bring more stuff if needed for extra days and nights.
The essentials of any hospital bag include....
Partner – if they are allowed in with you, then they might like to pack a small bag for themselves.
I know it looks like a lot but really its not too much. This should all fit neatly (apart from partner’s stuff) in a wheelie bag; the kind you might take on an aeroplane. It is best to have a wheelie bag as when you leave you’ll be carrying a teeny person in your arms and won’t want to be shouldering a heavy bag as well.
That’s it. You’ll do great. No two birth stories are quite the same, but just remember we’ve been doing this successfully for centuries and the medical attention you’ll get today is the best it’s ever been. With or without your partner, you are in good hands. And you are stronger than you know.
Good luck mamas.
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