As part of our preparation for the arrival of Baby Fleck, I’ve searched the internet far and wide to find a comprehensive list of items that we should bring with us to the birth center. Most of the lists out there are either geared toward a hospital birth or a home birth, so I adapted/created my own tailored for giving birth at a birthing center, with inspiration from Mama Natural’s checklist. Although we may not end up using all the items in the bag, I’ll take comfort in knowing we have them available should we need them. Below is the list of what I plan on bringing to the birthing center for me, my baby, and my husband.

Baby+Company Birth Center Labor Bag Checklist

What to bring for Mom

Comfy clothing

  • labor/nursing gown
  • robe
  • sports bra
  • swim top
  • Yoga pants
  • Tank top
  • Jacket
  • Socks
  • Slippers
  • Flip flops
  • Underwear & postpartum pads
  • Ponytail holder and headband


  • soap
  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • moisturizer
  • lip balm
  • make-up bag
  • toiletry bag
    • contact solution, glasses, shampoo, conditioner


  • Nursing bra and tank top
  • Nursing pads

Essential oils and natural remedies

  • Clary Sage to help keep contractions consistent, and strong
  • Lavender essential oil for relaxation and peaceful feelings
  • Frankincense to help you stay centered and focused
  • BioFreeze for back labor

Food & Drink

  • Trail mix
  • Energy balls
  • Chamomile and red raspberry leaf tea
  • Camelbak Eddy water bottle
  • Champagne/sparkling wine + cups (remember to bring enough for the birthing center staff as well)

Additional Items

  • Baby’s First Year scrapbook/baby book
  • Pillow
  • Mindful Birthing & birth class notes
  • Phone charger

What to bring for Baby

  • Muslin swaddle
  • Take-home outfit/onesie/headband (2)
  • Honest Co diapers + wipes
  • Car seat (properly installed and checked) for the trip home from the birthing center
  • Baby nail clippers

What to bring for Dad

  • “Who to Contact” sheet
  • Cell phone
  • Laptop
  • Camera + charger
  • iPhone charger
  • Ibuprofen/Tylenol
  • Pillow
  • Board shorts/swim trunks
  • Change of clothes