everything about giving birth

Necessities

From the 37th week onwards, you should have at least a suitcase ready to take to the hospital or birth center containing the following items: (even if you prefer a home birth)

  • Sleepwear
  • Clean clothes
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Insurance details
  • Check-up card of the midwife
  • Money for unexpected expenses/ € 2 coin for wheelchair
  • Glucose/dextrose
  • Baby clothes (suit, romper, hat, socks, wrap/blanket)
  • Maxi-Cosi
  • Camera with charged batteries and chargers
Things you need during birth

Home birth

For a home birth, it is important that you have the following items at home:

  • Blocks or empty crates so that the top of your mattress is elevated at around 80 centimeters (30 inches). (This is necessary for a good working position for midwives and maternity nurse)
  • You have a maternity package at home (can be requested through your health insurer)
  • 2 buckets
  • 2 garbage bags
  • Roll of toilet paper or kitchen roll
  • 10 cotton hydrophilic diapers
  • 2 hats for the baby and 1 set of clothes
  • 2 aluminum hot water bottles for the baby, including covers
  • 1 thermometer (digital)
  • In case of a bath delivery, a bed near the delivery pool

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