Birth Center Packing & Checklists

Have these ready by your 34th week(ish) home visit

To Do:

  • Order uterine toner if you are a first time mom, a VBAC mom or have always been induced.  
  • Purchase calcium lactate
  • Purchase motherwort tea
  • Select your pediatrician and set tentative appointment for baby’s first check-up
  • Arrangements for any extra postpartum services that you would like
    • You have unlimited, free, office visits. Home Visits are $75 per
    • If you want a print of your placenta, get 18” x 24” watercolor paper
  • Install car seat
  • Make sure that gas tank stays full
  • Tape our phone numbers to your fridge
  • Attend CPR training 
  • Research carseat safety
  • Take the 7 Sisters course to help you prepare and to organize your postpartum time. Call Michelle 928-202-8944. Classes are available online and in person. 
  • Attend our Preparing For Birth series
    • Prenatal
    • Birth
    • Breastfeeding
    • Postpartum & Baby
  • Camera and video camera if you want (empty cards, new film and charged battery)

Packing lists:
Have your bags packed by the time of your 34-35 week home visit.

For Mom:

  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Socks x2
  • Pajamas
  • Clothes to wear home 
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals 
  • Comfortable underwear x2
  • Glasses/ Contacts
  • Swim suit or Sports bra for getting in the birth pool (naked is fine too) 
  • Nursing Bra or Tank (no underwire) 

For Baby: 

  • Car seat (installed properly) 
  • Clothes to wear home
  • A favorite baby blanket 

For Partner: 

  • Change of clothes 
  • Swimsuit for birth tub 
  • Pajamas
  • Comfortable walking shoes


  • Charging cables
  • Camera / Video recorder
  • Favorite snacks or drinks
  • List of people to call
  • Favorite pillows and blankets 
  • A nursing pillow 
  • Extra cash and coins 

The Phoenix Birth Center provides: 
Toothbrush/Tooth Paste Shampoo/Conditioner Body Wash, Deodorant, Hair Ties
Chapstick, Massage and Essential oils. Some Snacks 


If early labor begins at night or if you have been in early or pre labor throughout the day, please, please sleep at night.  Sleeping when you can is the most important thing that you can do to maintain your strength for labor.  Enjoy ½ a glass of red wine and a salt bath with a few drops of lavender. You can take Benedryl if you need extra help getting to sleep. 

When true labor starts, take 4000 mg of calcium lactate, in pill form, with a glass of milk, and 2 of your B complex supplements.  Enjoy a high energy, high calorie meal if you can. Start sipping your teas.   1 cup motherwort tea to settle nerves, reduce pain and to support uterus function. 1 cup of red raspberry tea. 1 tsp of herb to one cup of boiling water, steep for 10 min. add sweetener to taste