I spent a lot of time thinking about what I should bring to the hospital when I went into labor. I packed and re-packed my go bag, leaving it next to our front door and then putting it in the car. You know, just in case things were hectic when the moment finally came. With as much time I had spent thinking about my own bag, it's pretty funny that it was actually the things in my partner's hospital bag that made the biggest difference when it came to how I handled childbirth, and how he was able to adequately support me during labor and delivery. Who knew, right?!
My partner didn't think of everything, of course, but the little things — like my favorite peppermint foot lotion and a geeky Adventure Time "bacon pancakes" t-shirt that's an inside joke between us — made me smile and brought me joy during labor. And for the record, when you're pushing another human being out of your body it's not easy to feel "joyful." My partner also brought a ridiculous amount of electronic devices that allowed him to stay connected with work and with family, and two chargers for every device. He also brought snacks, which ended up being important to both of us when it came to maintaining our strength and avoid getting cranky during the entire ordeal.
In the end my husband brought everything he needed to be comfortable while I was in labor and that, in turn, helped me get comfortable, too. Often times it's the little things that make a big difference, and thankfully my man knew exactly what to pack for the big day.