Erika is 37 weeks pregnant and gets tips about how she should pack her hospital bag for the birth of her baby.
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Female Speaker: I'm 37 weeks pregnant. Basically this little one can arrive at any moment, which means I need to think about packing myself a hospital bag, and because, I am a first time mom, I've enlisted the help of a certified Labor and Postpartum Doula, Barbara Ryan. Hopefully, she will help me pack a bag, that'll make my hospital stay as comfortable as possible. [Music Playing] Female Speaker: Barbara, it's crunch time, I am in fact 37 weeks and I have not packed my hospital bag yet. Barbara Ryan You definitely should pack your hospital bag. Female Speaker: When do you suggest doing that? Barbara Ryan Somewhere about 5 to 6 weeks before you're going to deliver. Female Speaker: Well I'm only what -- three weeks away. So I guess, I should get started. Barbara Ryan: Absolutely. Female Speaker: I have kind of laid out my stuff here and feel free to criticize; I'll not be insulted. I want to be comfortable in the hospital, so I am valuing your advice. Where should we start, may be baby first, I guess. Barbara Ryan: Sure, let's see the baby first. Female Speaker: Okay, what do we have, this is what I have -- I have onesie and a pair of socks. Barbara Ryan: That's perfect. You want to definitely, in after you take at home right from the hospital depending on the season, that all depends on what kind of outfit that you bring the baby home, and pair of socks are great in the hospital. Sometimes their little feet get cold, because they only put them in those little kimonos, so those are great to have. Female Speaker: I'm really concerned about keeping the baby not too warm but not too cold, so is this all-- do I need to hat, do I need the onesie, do I need this, all of it? Barbara Ryan: For time of year, it is late fall here, then yes this might work out well. Female Speaker: I may have stuff there for me if I really need it. Barbara Ryan: They have kimonos and Receiving Blankets and those are things if you actually need it. Female Speaker: Okay, and that's basically all baby needs, right. Oh, no, no swaddling blankets Barbara Ryan: Those are great to have as well on hands. The hospital does have them; and if you need then they will give you them. Female Speaker: Okay, let's talk about moms. Do you think mom needs more stuff than baby does. Barbara Ryan: You do, you do. You definitely need your toiletries, your deodorants, your shampoos, your toothpaste, your toothbrush so you definitely want -- your lips get really dry during labor, so you really want to keep this on hands, during labor and after labor. So you want to keep that. Female Speaker: So lip balm would be something and no makeup I' m assuming, I don't need any of that. I am not really concerned. [Cross Talk] Barbara Ryan: You defiantly want hair ties, I use hair ties, here is my break, get your hair out of your face. Female Speaker: That is something that doesn't exist here, that I have to make note of, so I need hair ties. Let's talk undergarments. Barbara Ryan: After the baby is born, you definitely want to have your nursing bra ready, this way you can put that on to keep them in check and keep them you know feeling comfortable, allow your milk starting to come in. Female Speaker: Okay. Barbara Ryan: Definitely want some pairs of underwear nothing too expensive, they might get thrown out, nothing too fancy, buy yourself some new pairs when you are done. Female Speaker: And nothing sexy, right. You want granny pants. Barbara Ryan: Yeah definitely, you feel good with those granny panties, have a feel like you are kind of in there and tucked away, while your stomach is still checking out. The hospital also gives you disposable panties in the hospital. Female Speaker: Really? Barbara Ryan: Yes, and those are fabulous. Female Speaker: But I have to be prepared to throw these away. Barbara Ryan: Right. Female Speaker: Okay, so I've got my bra and I've got my underwear. Let's talk about what to wear on the outside, because I really don't wanted be wearing a hospital