5 Things You Want With You at Your Birth: Engaging Your Senses
Doesn't the hospital have everything?
What do I bring to the hospital with me?
I try to help my clients think through 5 distinct categories: your senses! That's right- hearing, tasting, seeing, feeling, and smelling all play vital rolls in your birth! The combination of comfort items that are brought along vary vastly from client to client just as all other things in birth. When planning items to take in your hospital bag, think about things that appeal to your senses.
I was recently featured in a Huffington Post article explaining the best things to advise parents to pack when preparing for a birth. This got me thinking why? Why do those things make the list? What makes those items the necessary items? So I broke it down to a basic level.
The Pain Gate Theory
Here's how it works:
Don't forget the little things:
You can successfully have a beautiful birth and healthy baby without all of these things. The most important thing you can have is a support person. The more the better. They will act as your personal cheer team and make you feel comfortable in an otherwise foreign environment.