Hospital Bags, what should I pack?

Your baby is almost here and  if you are not having a home birth,  it’s time to start packing bags, here is a list that might help you decided what to bring with your to your birth center or hospital birth.

Note: Most hospital stays are up to 2-3 days after delivery, while if you deliver at a Birth Center you can be home with your little one within 24 hours. keep this in mind while you back your bags, and check with your care provider about how long your stay will be at your facility.


 Delivery bags For labor.
• A picture ID (driver’s license or other ID), your insurance card, and any hospital paperwork you need
• Your birth plan, if you have one
• Eyeglasses, if you wear them. Even if you usually wear contact lenses, you may not want to deal with them while you’re in the hospital.
• A bathrobe, a nightgown or two, slippers, and socks. (Hospitals provide gowns and socks for you to use during labor and afterward, but some women prefer to wear their own.) Choose a loose, comfortable gown that you don’t mind getting dirty. It should be either sleeveless or have short, loose sleeves so your blood pressure can be checked easily. Slippers and a robe may come in handy if you want to walk the halls during labor.
• Bathing Suit or something to where in shower or bath if you prefer, one that’s loose and comfortable.
• Whatever will help you relax. Here are some possibilities: your own pillow (use a patterned or colorful pillowcase so it doesn’t get mixed up with the hospital pillows), music and something to play it on, a picture of someone or something you love, anything else you find reassuring. (If you’re going to be induced, think about bringing something to read or watch because it may be a while before labor is underway.)
• Your Doula- Doulas are labor assistants that will help you and your partner during labor. If you have one remember to call her when you contractions start.
For your partner/labor coach
• A camera or video camera with batteries, charger, and memory card. Someone has to document the big event! Some hospitals don’t allow videotaping of the birth itself, but there’s usually no rule against filming during labor or after the birth. If you plan on using your phone to take photos or video, make sure it’s fully charged and pack your charger.
• Toiletries
• Comfortable shoes (and flip flops for shower)
• Snacks and something to read or watch, (If delivering at a birth center, most let you eat as well during labor, so make sure you pack extra for you as well as your partner.)
• Money (or a credit card) and change for vending machines
• A bathing suit. If you want to take a bath or shower during labor, you may want your partner to get in with you to support you or rub your back.
• Change of clothes, especially if you deliver at a hospital and your partner stays with you the whole time.
After you deliver
• A fresh nightgown, if you prefer to wear your own and a change of clothes ( for day 2 at hospital) if you prefer to not be in a nightgown.
• Your cell phone and charger. After your baby’s born, you or your partner may want to call family and friends to let them know the good news. Make a list of everyone you’ll want to contact so you don’t forget someone important when you’re exhausted after delivery.
• Did we mention Snacks! After many hours of labor, you’re likely to be pretty hungry, and you may not want to rely solely on hospital food. So bring your own – crackers, fresh or dried fruit, nuts, granola bars, or whatever you think you’ll enjoy. A bottle of nonalcoholic champagne might be fun for celebrating, too.
• Toiletries: Pack a few personal items, such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, a brush and comb, makeup, and a hair band or barrettes. Hospitals usually provide soap, shampoo, and lotion, but you might prefer your own.
• Comfortable nursing bras, or loose fitting sports bras
• Several pairs of maternity underpants. Some women love the mesh underwear usually provided by the hospital, but others don’t. You can’t go wrong with your own roomy cotton underpants. The hospital will provide sanitary pads because you’ll bleed after delivery. Make sure you have a supply of heavy-duty pads waiting at home!
• A notepad or journal and pen or pencil. Track your baby’s feeding sessions, write down questions you have for the nurse, note what the pediatrician tells you, jot down memories of your baby’s first day, and so on. Some people bring a baby book so they can record the birth details right away.
• A going-home outfit. Bring something roomy and easy to get into (believe it or not, you’ll probably still look 5 or 6 months pregnant) so a easy comfortable maternity dress will be perfect, and a pair of flat, comfortable shoes.


For your baby
• An installed car seat. You can’t drive your baby home without one! Have a rear-facing car seat properly installed ahead of time and know how to buckle your baby in correctly.
• A going-home outfit. Your baby will need an outfit to go home in, including socks or booties if the clothing doesn’t have feet, and a soft cap if the air is likely to be cool. Make sure your baby’s outfit has legs (is not a baby “gown,” for example) so the car seat strap can fit between them. You can bring more Outfits for in the hospital and pictures as well.
• A receiving blanket. The hospital will provide blankets for swaddling your baby while you’re there, but you may want to bring your own to tuck around your baby in the car seat for the ride home. Make it a heavy one if the weather’s cold.
What not to bring
• Jewelry
• Lots of cash or other valuables
• Medications, if in a hospital you’ll be there for at least 2 days, so if there is something you take regularly bring a small pill container, and/or talk to doctor ahead of time so the hospital can provide it.
• Diapers if you deliver at a hospital,  The hospital will provide diapers for your baby while you’re there. Leave your supply at home.
• A breast pump. If you end up needing a to express milk for any reason,  if you are at a hospital, the hospital can provide one. (you may also want to try Hand Expression if a need arises. It is a great way to express milk when a electric pump is not around. Look for our follow up post on how to properly hand express breastmilk.


What was a great help for you to have at your birth? or is there anything on the list that surprised you? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Posioning, What parents need to know.


What you need to know

If the child has been exposed to or ingested a poison

Call Poison help at 1-800-222-1222


A poison expert is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

You may be asked for the following information:

           Your name and phone number

           Your Child’s name age and weight

           Any medical conditions your child has

           Any medicine your child is taking

 The name of the item you child swallowed (read it off container and spell it)

 The time you child swallowed the item (or when you found your child)

 The amount you think was swallowed

If the poison is very dangerous or if your child is very young you may be told to take her/him to the nearest hospital.

If your child is not in danger the poison help staff will tell you what to do to help your child at home.

If child is unconscious, becoming drowsy, having convulsion or having trouble breathing call 911, bring the poisonous substance (safely contained) with you to the hospital.


The different Types of Poisonings,

Swallowed Poisons Any nonfood substance is a potential poison. Do not give anything by mouth or induce vomiting call the poison help right away do not delay calling but try and have the substance label or name available when you call

Fumes, Gases or Smoke Get the child into fresh air and call 911 the fire department or your local emergency number. If the child is not breathing start CPR and continue until help arrives

Skin Exposures If acid, lye, pesticide, chemicals, poisonous plants or any potentially poisonous substance comes into contact with a child’s skins, eyes or hair brush off any residue material while wearing rubber gloves, if possible. Remove contaminated clothing. Wash skin eyes or hair with large amounts of water or mild soap and water. DO NOT SCRUB. Call poison help for further advice


Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Breast Pumps, will my insurance pay for it?

Breast Pumps are covered by most Insurance,                 

How do you get yours?

The new Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most health insurance plans to cover breast pumps. This means you could receive these products for little or no out-of-pocket costs

1. Call the number on the back of your insurance card and request a breast pump directly.

Often times this is the easiest way, and they can give you a list of pumps they cover.

2. Edgepark Medical Supplies, Follow this websites instruction, to easily see the coverage and choices of breast pumps for your insurance.

3. Local WIC offices.

WIC offices offer access to Electric Breast Pumps with a few eligibility requirements. In Osceola County FL, they offer Electric Breast Pumps on loan for mothers who are on WIC and who are either working full time or are in school full time and who are fully breastfeeding.

Step One: Sign up for WIC while Pregnant.

Step Two: Contact and Request a pump just before or just after you give birth to be able to fill out paperwork.

Step Three: 1 -2 weeks before returning to work or school contact the WIC office for a pick up appointment.

Unless the baby is in the NICU or there is an immediate need, pumps do not get loaned before the first month of life. However, once loaned you are able to have the pump for one year.

Some WIC offices offer Handheld nonelectric pumps, for free. but this is based on supply, so don’t be afraid to ask if they have any.

Osceola County WIC office Lactation Hotline (407)343-2087


*Medicaid specific requirements: Florida operates a Medicaid waiver program that coordinates prenatal care through monthly outreach and case management. The program specifically stresses healthy nutrition and breastfeeding habits, but is limited to Medicaid enrollees identified as high-risk for poor birth outcomes or those referred to the program by their health care provider.






Car Seat Safety

What you need to know

Is your child facing and sitting the right way & in the right seat for their weight, height & age?

Here are some guidelines  recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics.

The American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics

Rear-Facing Seat – Birth until age 2 or when child reaches the highest height and/or weight limit of seat
(Typically around 35 pounds)

Forward-Facing Seat – Your child should have a forward-facing seat with a 5point harness until he or she reaches the manufacturer’s highest height or weight limit of the seat.
(Typically 40-65 pounds)

Belt-Positioning Booster Seat – Protect your child with this seat until he or she is at least 4’9’’
(Typically 8-12 years of age).

-Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, every motor vehicle operator in Florida will be required to use a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device for children until age 6. –

Lap and Shoulder Belts – Be sure the lap belt lies across the hips and the shoulder belt across the center of the shoulder and chest. Your child’s legs should bend comfortably at the seat’s edge, with his or her back resting flat against the back of the seat.

All children under 13 should sit in the back seat. Children should only sit in the front seat, if you can turn off your car’s airbags, AND if there is no proper back seat, like in a truck.

Remember to Check your States DMV for state specific laws regarding car seats.

Car seat recalls?To find out if your safety seat has been recalled:
Contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety hotline: (888)327-4236 or their website



If Moms Get Moving, So will Kids

Orlando Sentinel ( March 26, 2014)


The amount of physical activity mothers get is linked to their children’s activity levels, according to a new study from the U.K.

Researchers found that the exact relationship between mother and child physical activity depended on certain lifestyle factors, however.

“It’s a positive thing that maternal activity levels can influence the activity level of a child,” said Kathryn Hesketh. “If more time is spent moving, then activity can increase in both.” Hesketh is the study’s lead author from the Institute of Child Health at University College London. She worked on the study while at the University of Cambridge.

She said her colleagues wrote in the Journal Pediatrics that physical activity is tied to development among kids, but activity levels are known to fall as people get older, especially after they have kids.

For the study, the researchers used data from 554  (4 year-olds) and their mothers. Both kids and mothers wore devices that tracked their movements for 14 to 15 waking hours over the course of a week.

Among children, about five of those hours were spent sitting or standing still. About eight hours were spent on light activity such as walking and about one hour was spent on moderate to vigorous activity like running.

Among mothers, about an hour was spent sitting or standing still, while seven hours were spenT on light and moderate to vigorous activity.

More-active mothers tended to have more active children.  The strength of the association varied depending of the child’s weight, time spent at school, the mother’s education, and the time of the day and week, according to researchers.

Osceola County Birth Network: For Moms and Moms-To-Be

Osceola County Birth Network is a group of birth professionals whose goal is to promote awareness about maternity care and birth services in Central Florida. It formed as a group in 2013 and have evolved into a branch of Birth Network National ( which is a nonprofit organization and is the newest of only three chapters in the entire state of Florida.

Osceola Birth Network has monthly community meetings on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the public library in St. Cloud. The meetings include various workshops for moms, moms-to-be and their families. It offers childbirth classes, breastfeeding support, Doula services, support for teen moms and referrals to community resources for families.

Check out its Facebook page which is Osceola County Birth Network. For further information contact President Erin Greene-Rettig at or 321-247-8477 (321 Birth 77)







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Grief Share in Kissimmee, Florida

Grief Share is a Christian based 13 week video series grief support group meeting at several churches in the Orlando area.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Oviedo. 407-365-3408

First Baptist Church of Windermere. 407-876-2234

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church of Altamonte Springs. 407-831-1212

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Kissimmee, Fl. 407-847-2500


Grief Support For Parents

The Compassionate Friends: Offers local chapters of a national organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents through ongoing support group meetings.  Orlando chapter is the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at Central Christian Church, 250 West Ivanhoe Blvd. Orlando, Fl. 32804. PLease call: 24 hour line at 407-227-2862 or visit

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