Have you ticked all the boxes for D(elivery)-Day? The ultimate birth and hospital checklist

By Beverley Scheepers
on May 30, 2015

So, you have your birth plan drawn up, you’ve done your pre-natal education classes, and your due date is fast approaching. But are you ready to go? Being adequately prepared for the big day can go a long way to reducing stress and making the whole process much smoother and more enjoyable. The last thing you want to be worrying about when you’re starting labour is trying to find a hair tie, or charging the batteries for the SLR!

Packing for hospital checklistI usually advise my clients to have their hospital or birthing bag packed by 36 weeks, ready and waiting in a convenient spot to be grabbed at a moment’s notice. Below is a handy checklist I provide my clients as a starting point, which can then be customised based on your specific situation - the type of birth you are striving for, the birthing location (home / hospital / birthing centre), and what facilities and support services are available to you.

Hospital Packing checklist

  • Toiletries – mini travel-sized bottles are great. 
  • Food and drinks for you and your partner – snack food which will last in the bag for several weeks (muesli bars and dried fruit are great), a bottle of water, and a non-caffeinated, non-carbonated energy drink to hydrate and energise you. 
  • Surgical pads / maternity pads – some women bleed a lot after delivery for a few days, especially during your first shower.
  • Natural laxative food – start this a few days before your due date, and continue for a while afterwards as required.
  • Breast pads – disposables are easiest for the birth bag. You can move on to the reusable ones at home.
  • Maternity bras – a comfy tank top style works best in a hospital bed.
  • Luxurious ultra-soft tissues and toilet paper – you will appreciate this when you are in the hospital or birthing centre!
  • Lip balm
  • Hair ties / clips
  • Phone charger
  • Camera and charger – video and photo, unless you are using your phone camera for it all.
  • PJs – whatever is going to be the most comfortable and practical. A button-up top can work well for breast feeding. Pack at least 3 sets, and you may wish to include a dressing gown and slippers too.
  • Socks – your feet can get quite cold during labour. Socks with non-slip soles are great for walking around on slippery hospital floors.
  • Clothes for you - a comfortable outfit for when you leave the hospital, including comfy slip-on shoes.
  • Clothes for the baby – a few onesies or body suits, and perhaps some singlets and a beanie depending on the season.
  • A wrap – or two, and perhaps a blanket for leaving the hospital if you’re having a winter baby.
  • Nappies – just a small pack of newborn size.
  • Medicines – any regular medications you are on or may need during your hospital stay. Check with your doctor or midwife as to whether you need to bring compression stockings.
  • Labour / birthing aids – anything you intend to use during labour or delivery, like a fit ball, TENS machine, heat pack, music player and speakers or headphones, etc.

Preparing the way

In addition to having your bags packed, there are a few other things to be checked off the list to make sure you are adequately prepared for delivery day. You would ideally like to avoid dealing with any unexpected surprises, so plan ahead and plan well! Here are some more aspects to consider to help you prepare for the big day:
  • Plan how you are getting to the birthing location. Who is driving, what route are you taking, and will this differ depending on the time of day, or day of the week?
  • Check what parking options are available at the birthing location.
  • Get your baby seat installed by a professional / licenced installer a few weeks before your due date.
  • Keep a list of important contacts with you at all time – doctor, midwife/doula, partner, mum, designated driver, etc, as well as any relevant medical information (health conditions, medications, private health cover, and so on).
  • Keep spare / old towels in the car in case your waters break while you’re out.

Remember – a little time spent planning before, saves a lot of time problem-solving after. So plan ahead, be prepared, and enjoy!

** This post is adapted from some of the many handy checklists available in my book "Preparing your home and life for baby", which is the ultimate handbook for first time expecting parents. Learn more here, or go straight to purchase here.



My 10 Commandments of Organising: #1 "Organised" does NOT mean "neat and tidy"

By Beverley Scheepers
on May 21, 2015

Last weekend I had the pleasure of speaking to a full room of mums in business on "Organising your workspace for greater success" at the Motivating Mum Brilliant Biz Mums Expo. My session was based around My 10 Commandments of Organising, and was really well received, so I decided to share the main points here for you too!

Commandment #1 - "Organised" does NOT mean "neat and tidy"

Rather, "organised" DOES mean having space and systems set up to allow you to function and flow through daily life with ease and efficiency. This will be different for everyone, as we all have a unique organising personality, so don’t be afraid of trial and error while you figure out what works best for you - especially if you are a creative person, or run a creative / arts & crafts business from home...

Your home office / studio CAN be organised, if it is set up in a way to support you and what you are trying to achieve in that space.

Stay tuned for the next post on Commandment #2 - Clutter exists due to a lack of decision + action. Until then, happy organising!

My chat with Pinky McKay

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on December 03, 2014

The delightful Pinky McKay who has published many books and conducted countless seminars around the world, also runs a Parenting by Heart program, where she interviews an expert in their field each month for the members. I am proud to be one of Pinky's experts, and was interviewed in October about my book "Preparing your home and life for baby - a practical guide for expectant parents", as well as...

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3 Little Organising Secrets for new mums

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on September 14, 2014

Having a baby is definitely one of the biggest life changes we experience. Everything we know about how to manage our time and space seems to go out the window, and we can be left feeling overwhelmed with unfamiliar chaos. (This was certainly my experience - and the main reason I chose to work with expecting mums and young families!)

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As I say to all my clients, regardless of their life stage -...

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Why "In-trays" are the enemy!

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on August 28, 2014

Recently there was an advert on TV for a large office supply retailer which said "Get your office organised with these stackable in-trays", and I would cringe every time I saw it! 99% of the time, in-trays are part of the problem, NOT the solution, and it is very rare to come across people who are using in-trays effectively.

This is the reality of in-trays...
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Look familiar?

In my opinion, the only...

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Be right back...

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on May 21, 2014

Huge apologies, we have had a break in transmission due to unforeseen circumstances but shall resume very soon!

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My Top 5 Tips for Effective Decluttering

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on March 05, 2014

As promised previously in my Top 5 tips for effective storage, today I bring you my Top 5 tips for decluttering. Remember my definition of why clutter exists in the first place?

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Therefore - in order to DEclutter, we need to address the decision AND action parts to make progress.

#1 Have a vision

Clearly define your end goal and desired result, so that you can go back to that vision to refocus and...

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HOW TO :: Create your Home Command Centre in 3 Easy Steps

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on February 09, 2014

School is back, swimming and cricket start next week, and forms and dates to remember are flooding in from all directions. Sound familiar? This could easily get overwhelming and out of control, if it were not for my trusty Home Command Centre - aka drop zone; launch pad; flight deck... there are many different things to call it - basically, the one central point in my home where I can manage my...

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GUEST POST :: "Sugar Blues" - Naturopath's advice and Special Offer!

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on January 24, 2014

To kick us off in the blogosphere for 2014 (and to get us back on the straight and narrow!), we have a guest post from the delightful Helen Goodwin - mum, Naturopath, and owner of Just for Today Living. I love her practical advice and super easy-to-follow tips. I'm also thrilled to be able to offer you a whopping 30% discount off her brilliant new program starting in Feb!! Read on for more...

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HOW TO :: Cut the Christmas card clutter

By Bev - Home And Life Organising
on December 12, 2013

Last month on Facebook I shared a guest post that I wrote for Mamas Group on rethinking our approach to Christmas - rethinking gift-giving, rethinking gift-wrapping, and rethinking preparations (read it here). There is one more thing we can rethink - a big contributor to general Christmas clutter - the ubiquitous Christmas card!

Now that my little man has started school, we have received waaaay...

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