Hospital bag for delivery in Turks & Caicos

hospital delivery bag

On my quest to start an antenatal support group here in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos I have started to receive some questions from expectant mothers on how to best prepare for their delivery.  In order to make the information readily accessible for everyone I will be featuring some of these questions on my blog.

Today I share a list of what to pack in your hospital delivery bag if you are planning on delivering here in Turks & Caicos.  This list was provided by one of the mother’s I have met who has recently given birth on island so the information is fresh and ripe.  Her suggestion is to pack as if you’re going away for 2-3 days.

Packing list for Mum

  • NHIP card (when you go into labour you need to go to the Emergency department to be admitted)
  • Slippers/flipflops
  • Dressing gown
  • An old nightdress or a t-shirt to wear in labour (that you don’t mind throwing out)
  • 2-3 changes of nightwear (that you don’t mind throwing out)
  • 4-5 granny pants / old pairs of knickers you don’t mind throwing out
  • Lip balm/vaseline
  • Face cloths
  • Hair ties, hair band & bobby pins
  • Squirt bottle
  • Ear plugs (you might be sharing a room)
  • Headphones (to listen to a guided meditation or relaxing music)
  • Pen and paper
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Extra pillow or two – this will help you get comfortable after a C-Section or Feeding the baby
  • Snacks and drinks for you and your partner
    • Drinks (I found at the hospital they don’t give you many liquids with your meals so best to bring a gallon or two of water)
    • There is a vending machine in the Emergency Department and the café is open during the day
  • Going home clothes/shoes
  • Toiletries:
    • 1 – 2 packets extra absorbent sanitary pads
    • Maternity bras
    • Nursing pads
    • Hair brush
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Shampoo
    • Shower gel
    • Wipes (you can use baby wipes)
    • Deodorant
    • Essential oils (e.g. lavender)

Packing list for baby

  • Wipes
  • Diapers
  • Vaseline/diaper rash cream
  • 3-4 baby grows (the aircon in the hospital is low so it can be cold)
  • Mittens and socks (you can use socks on their hands if you don’t have mittens)
  • 2-3 blankets
  • Wipes
  • Burp cloths/wash cloth/muslin cloths
  • If not breastfeeding
    • Baby bottles
    • Baby formula
  • Pacifier (optional)
  • Going home outfit
  • Don’t forget the car seat to bring your new bundle of joy home in!!!

If we’ve missed anything out that you would like to add to the list please share it with us in the comments section below.

Comments

  1. kizzy says

    In addition to preparing for giving birth, you can add to your maternity bag:
    * socks as the air condition can get really cold
    *any medications you maybe taking even your prenatal vitamins
    * shaving stick just in case you have to do a c-section and you have to remove all hair
    * wash rag/bath towel for mom to be
    * book/novel/magazine
    * cash for WiFi purchase card
    *hat for baby
    *Lanolin nipple cream if you intend to breastfeed your baby
    * Thank you card for Doctor/ Nurse (optional)

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