Around your seventh month of pregnancy, it's a good idea to start thinking about the items you will want to take along to the hospital or birthing center when you go in to labor. You can keep it green by planning in advance and thinking about all the things you might need to ease your baby's transition into the world.  Use this checklist as a guide to help you make sure that you have everything you need.
 

Paperwork

  • Green birth plan
  • Health insurance card
For you
  • Organic snacks and ice pops
  • Organic cotton pillowcase
  • Cozy socks and slippers
  • Organic robe
  • Toiletries
  • Non-toxic massage oils and lotions
For your partner
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Prepaid calling card (cell phones are often prohibited in hospitals)
  • Digital camera and/or video camera with rechargeable batteries and chargers
  • Cash for parking meters, vending machines and payphones
  • Phone list
  • Healthy snacks and treats
For baby
  • Organic cotton T-shirts or onesies
  • Organic cotton baby bedding and blankets (check with the hospital first to make sure this is allowed)
  • Non-toxic soaps, lotions and creams
  • Eco-friendly diapers
  • Organic socks, booties and cap
  • Infant car seat
  • BPA-free baby bottles and organic formula (if you choose to use formula instead of breastfeeding)
Post-partum
  • Comfy organic nightgown
  • Nursing bras (if breastfeeding)
  • Comfy, organic going-home outfit
Extras
  • iPod or CD player
  • DVD player
  • Laptop (some hospitals now have wireless internet for instant labor updates)
  • Extra pillows
  • Birthing ball
Of course, this list is just a guide. Feel free to add to it as you see fit. The important thing is to make sure that you gather all of the items you may need ahead of time so that when your labor begins you can grab your bag easily or have a friend pick it up for you.

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