10 Things You Need to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for Your Birth at Virginia Baptist Hospital

I’ll be honest — I was so excited about my birth, I think that I started packing my birth bag around 30 weeks — maybe even earlier. I carefully planned out everything that I could ever possibly need, what nursing bra I would labor in, sleep in, and wear during my stay in the mother baby unit. Every time I thought of something new that might be useful, I would run to Target or order it on Amazon and add it to my bag.

You probably don’t need to pack your bag at 30 weeks, and you probably don’t need nearly as many things as I packed, but it is a good idea to have it packed at least a few weeks before your due date just in case you go into labor early. Most likely, you’ll have plenty of time in early labor to pack everything if you really need to, but if you’re like me, I was too nervous and excited once labor started and I know I would have forgotten a lot.

Earlier this week, I posted a survey on my Facebook and Instagram to find out what others forgot, or deemed important, in their hospital bags. Between their responses, and the things I have found to be helpful through my own birth and my experience as a photographer, here’s a list of things (outside of the basic necessities like your clothes and toiletries) that you may want to include in your bag!

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I never felt more positive about my body than I did when I was pregnant. Something about knowing that I was carrying a whole human inside of me made me feel empowered and beautiful, and my normal insecurities just sort of faded away. But I know not everyone feels that about their pregnant bodies.

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Recently, I’ve gotten the same question from several different clients; what should I wear to my birth?! in all honestly, the answer to that question is simple — wear whatever you want, or nothing at all!

A lot of women feel most comfortable in little to no clothing during birth. If you haven’t given birth before and you’re not sure what you’re going to want to wear, or you didn’t have a birth photographer and feel like maybe you should have a different plan for this time, here are a few options to consider.

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How to Prepare for your Fresh 48 Hospital Photo Session

Fresh 48 sessions (I usually call them Hello Baby sessions) are sessions that take place in the hospital while mom and baby are recovering from birth. Usually, Fresh 48 sessions take place in mother-baby in the day or two following birth, but some people who really want those early days documented (but aren't interested in, or can't afford birth photography) will schedule a Golden Hour session, which means that I come to the hospital immediately after baby is born and take photos while you're still in recover in labor & delivery. Due to travel times, Golden Hour sessions are only available to those who deliver at Virginia Baptist Hospital or have a home birth in Lynchburg or just outside of Lynchburg.

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