I did a Google search for “birth center packing list” since most of the lists I’ve found were for hospital births and, as most of us know, birth centers and hospitals are very different places. At the birth center, you won’t be there for 3-5 days (hallelujah!) and you can be free to roam, eat, and wear whatever you want. It’s going to be frickin’ awesome.
I found a packing list on a doula’s blog and at the bottom she mentions packing another bag to keep in the car in case you have to be transferred to a hospital. Whoa. I know that it isn’t a likely scenario but I have only thought about the possibility of going to the hospital once since switching to the birth center; during the tour of the BC the head midwife brought it up and told the moms-to-be (including me) about the various contingency plans and how most of them usually play out under normal-but-serious circumstances. When she explained the back-up plans I thought, “Cool, they have a plan in case something bad happens but nothing bad is going to happen.” My mom, who was with me during the tour, was obviously reassured because (at the time) in her mind there is no way that things can go smoothly without interventions and drugs. I think she has come around and is warming up to the idea of doing it the old fashioned way which is nice but irrelevant since it’s my birth, not anyone else’s.
ANYWAY, packing a separate bag for the hospital? Is this one of those times when you prepare for the worst or just assume that everything will be fine and NOT pack an extra bag? I don’t want to be ready in case something goes wrong. That might sound naive or stupid but it’s so important to me to be positive and anything involving the hospital is not positive (at least to me).
What would you do? Pack more stuff just in case?