What to pack in your hospital bag? – Netherlands edition
When I was pregnant with Noel, I tried to check a lots of blog and tip what to pack in my hospital bag. It was not so easy since here, in Holland there is a different system for labour and delivery.
In case of a normal pregnancy where there were no complications you have the option to give birth at home. The midwifes will go to your place, prepare the room and help you all through the labour. In case you wish to give birth in a hospital it is possible as well, just you have to inform your midwife praxis beforehand.
All mothers who give birth in a hospital without any complication, are asked to go home 2-3 hours after delivery. So actually if your plan is to give birth in a hospital you don’t really need a loads of stuff. Only essentials, or use the list below and pack 1 from each items. In case you have to stay in the hospital for a few days ( 2-3 is usually the maximum), in case of a c-cetion or some complication with you or your baby.
We knew that we should stay at least for 3 days, so I was prepared. Lets take look at the essentials you would need for labour and delivery if you give birth in the Netherlands.
The moment when the hospital let us go home. Lost my shoes during L&D, so I had to go home in my slippers 😀
All hospitals in the Netherlands provide diapers for babies, sanitary pads for moms, special underwear for after birth. Huge, and clean shower with towels. If you have to stay longer an own room, breast pump, breast pads and even nipple cream and nipple shield if needed.
My best decision was to give birth in the Netherlands. I had a positive experience, full with love, with an expert team of doctors.
- 2-3 nursing bras
- 5 bigger slips
- 3 loose pijamas
- 1 robe
- 3-4 pair of socks
- 5 nursing tops or shirts you will be ale to breastfeed in
- 2-3 pants ( don’t take jeans, only comfy ones, maybe leggings or sweatpants )
- make-up ( totally optional I haven’t use at all, was way too tired for it 🙂 )
- toothbrush and toothpaste
- shampoo and conditioner
- maybe a bigger towel, but hospitals provide smaller towels
- pair of trainers
- 3 pair of socks
- slippers ( I would go with a crocs one or similar, good for shower and with socks as well )
- car seat! You can not go home from a hospital, only if you have a car seat with you for the baby
- 3 rompers (long or short sleeves depends on the season you give birth, at least one form each)
- 4 footed sleepers ( this is the best to use, easy to change diaper, and cosy for the baby )
- jacket or a warm pullover
- 3 hats
- 3 pair of socks
- 1 soft blanket
- pacifier ( just in case 😉 )
- 2 burp cloths
He will have the time to go home and pack some more items in case you would need it, and also will be able to change his clothes or have a shower.
- 1 shirt
- 1 underwear
- 1 pants
- 1 pair of socks
- slippers can be useful as well
- some kind of pressed fruit juice
- snacks ( museli bars, chocolate, anything you can take energy from )
- normal food for daddy
- a pillow or blanket from home, so you won’t have homesick
- insurance card with BSN number
- marriage certificate or consent letter of the father
- all papers about the pregnancy
In some hospitals it is possible to register your child after birth. That is why I mentioned all the legal papers. In our case we registered Noel on the 1st day of his life, so we didn’t have to go to the “Gemente” and register him separately. Noel got his BSN number right away, and I could easily add him under my insurance through the internet.
Take all your strength and braveness, have a short but amazing delivery, and enjoy family life once you can hold you baby in your hands! Good luck!
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