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Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

I was just wondering if things here are the same as in the U.S. For those who have given birth in Switzerland, what do us pregnant women need to pack in our hospital bag for the stay after the birth of our child? Breastpump, nursing pads, feminine pads, baby clothes, etc? As you can see, I am in the nesting/preparing stage!
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

Quick answer for you - as I am running out of the door:

my hospital provided:
Breast Pump, Breat pads, Maternity Pads, baby clothes

I did take some baby clothe, nice toiletries and snacks - the food wasnt very good and really quite small portions (I needed to snack a lot when getting BF going)

Will add more if I can think of it

congratulations by the way
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I took clothes for the new baby (incl warm stuff for leaving), clothes for me, including an big old t-shirt I used for the birth which I could chuck out later - no amount of Persil was going to shift that mess!

Don't forget your usual wash kit.

The hospitals usually have their own supply of breast pumps and pads.

After the birth and during our stay I used the hospital's supply of baby clothes because they then take them away and wash them so you don't have to bother.

A couple of books and magazines for while you are waiting for labour to kick in properly.

Slippers for wandering around.

Nightdresses should be able to be opened to allow easy access for bfeeding and a dressing gown is a good idea, too.

I found that anything I forgot could be brought in by whomever was visiting me so it's not the end of the world if you forget, say, slippers.

You should have had a bit of literature through from your chosen hospital which gives you a list of "don't forgets", too.

Odd things I wish I had brought with me were stuff like a large water bottle because the hospital glasses weren't big enough to quench my thirst when I first started bfeeding.

Oh and a manual with operating instructions for the little pink screaming thing they put in your arms, but I never managed to find one of those.
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

The hospital provides baby clothes, but if you are expecting little ones then take your own. My boy was < 3 kgs (at 41.5 weeks) and the smallest size was soo big.

The maternity pads they provide are huge and old fashioned with no wings, so if you can find some nice cotton ones with wings I would take them. They give you a weeks worth of nice net nickers too

In Zug the washkit was provided, so was 2L of bottled water each morning.

Don't forget your marriage certificate, birth certificates, passports, permits ect to register the birth.
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I forgot (but it probably goes without saying) - bring your camera and a supply of batteries.
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

This is very refreshing and calming; I think Monsieur used it more than I did!

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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

If you plan to take some photos taken in the first few hours after the birth, don't forget the camera and check the batteries etc first.

At the birth of our first, I happily snapped away and then when we got home, I realised I hadn't put a film in the camera

We're got the bags packed now and I'm on standby....and the camera's okay.
The wife... oh, she's at work
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

Sorry to butt in and post on a ladies thread
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

A name for your child. They bug you no end until you tell them your childs name so make sure you and the childs father are totally sure and in agreement beforehand of the name(s), spelling etc.
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A name for your child. They bug you no end until you tell them your childs name so make sure you and the childs father are totally sure and in agreement beforehand of the name(s), spelling etc.
Very true - I was being asked as soon as he was out (before the birth process had even finished) I didnt relasie they had to be registered within 2 days..

this was quite difficult for us - as he was born in one hospital, transferred to another, but needed to be registered at the 1st - lots of trips back and forth for the hubbie
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Very true - I was being asked as soon as he was out (before the birth process had even finished) I didnt relasie they had to be registered within 2 days..

this was quite difficult for us - as he was born in one hospital, transferred to another, but needed to be registered at the 1st - lots of trips back and forth for the hubbie
We were asked to complete all the forms before the induction process started
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this was quite difficult for us - as he was born in one hospital, transferred to another, but needed to be registered at the 1st - lots of trips back and forth for the hubbie
Wow, two hospitals! Was your baby high risk and the first hospital not able to handle it?

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We were asked to complete all the forms before the induction process started

So, you had to state the name before you even gave birth?? That is scary! I want to name my girls when they are born so I can put the name to the face. I do already have names picked out, whew!

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Wow, two hospitals! Was your baby high risk and the first hospital not able to handle it?
he decided that he wanted to make his entrance a little earl - he arrived at 33 weeks (via induction after waters going for quite some time) and we were warned that if he had breathing problems he would need to be transferred to the specialist hospital.

he arrived at 4.52pm - then at about 7pm was transferred to the SCBU in the CHUV in Lausanne - where he stayed for 2 weeks.

We hadnt decided on a name for him so we were 'ordered' to give him a name before he left the hospital

Dont worry - these things happening are quite rare - and he is a big bouncy 8 month old now
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We were asked to complete all the forms before the induction process started
how on earth can you do that!!!
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Yes, both times I was asked to fill out the forms before the child was born.


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how on earth can you do that!!!
They wanted both a boys and a girls name, just in case.
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They wanted both a boys and a girls name, just in case.
We had named our son when we found out he was a son rather than a daughter at an earlier scan. My husband seemed to like addressing the bump by name...

Anyway, we were asked to fill forms in not long after coming in to be induced.

I think the nurse just wanted to practise her bestest handwriting for the little card they put in the cot which shows name, weight, length, etc...
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Re: Hospital Bags: What to pack for the stay at the hospital after birth

I should give birth of the baby girl in June, but we have already received some papers from hospital and Stadt Dietikon that we need to fill out and send it back to them (some green card). They ask for both (female and male) names...and it was written that you won`t be able to change it...for our first daughter that was born in USA we decided in the hospital, after she was born...
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I should give birth of the baby girl in June, but we have already received some papers from hospital and Stadt Dietikon that we need to fill out and send it back to them (some green card). They ask for both (female and male) names...and it was written that you won`t be able to change it...for our first daughter that was born in USA we decided in the hospital, after she was born...
You can here too, just don't fill in the cards, tell them you not decided, there's not much they can do about it !
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I should give birth of the baby girl in June, but we have already received some papers from hospital and Stadt Dietikon that we need to fill out and send it back to them (some green card). They ask for both (female and male) names...and it was written that you won`t be able to change it...for our first daughter that was born in USA we decided in the hospital, after she was born...
We got the same type of form. But upon enquiring, we're told we could leave the names bit blank and would have up to three days after the birth to decide.
We filled in the form but left the names blank.

What can they do - make up the names for you?


Give the hospital a call as I guess there may be different rules for different ZH communes but things aren't as draconian here as people make out.
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