Getting the Labor Bag Ready

So most of you know that my daughter Riley is expecting my first grandchild any day now.

I am going to be her support during the birth so I’ve been trying to approach this with my best herbal know-how.   I’ve done this before, but this time it feels stressful.    I’ve put together a bag-of-tricks that I am hoping to use to support her.    I would appreciate any input as to other items I should take along with me.

I have my bag packed and ready to go, for the most part.   I can’t find honey sticks, so if anyone local knows where I could find those…

Labor Bag Contents

Sw. Almond Oil as an unscented massage oil

Peppermint & Rosemary Massage Oil

Lavender Massage Oil

Rosewater in a mist bottle

Peppermint hydrosol in a mist bottle

Raspberry Leaf Tea


Tennis Ball

Hand Massager with Fresh Batteries

Knee Pads

Stress Ball

Relaxation Music of Various Types   (She likes thunderstorms and rain)

A rebozo type sling

Herbals relating to childbirth and lactation


Extra Hair Tyes

Dental Floss

The Labor Progress Handbook by Peggy Simkin

I thought about how best to use aromatherapy for a long time.  I am not okay with directly applying essential oils to a mother’s skin during labor. In large amounts,oils can interact with the endocrine systems in ways that could possibly interfere with labor.  I am not willing to take that chance.

I filled small muslin bags with herb and essential oil blends and seal them in ziploc bags.   The theory is that she can take these out squeeze them like a stress ball or I can just have them out and crush them up a bit to release the scents, but they can easily be stuck back in a bag if she has an aversion to something.  I have three put together.

Relaxing and Centering

  • Lavender Flowers
  • Rose Petals
  • Chamomile Essential Oil
  • Sandalwood Essential Oils


  • Peppermint  leaves and EO
  • Rosemary leaves and EO

Transition Bag

  • Lavender Flowers  and EO
  • Clary Sage EO

As you can imagine, it has been busy around here and with the horrible heat, nerves are a little on edge.   Hopefully it won’t be much longer now.

Published by Stephany Riley Hoffelt

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3 thoughts on “Getting the Labor Bag Ready

  1. Oh Stephany, I am so thrilled about your choices for the labor bag! I so wish I had been this prepared during my daughters births. Riley is going to have such a beautiful experience with your lovely support dear. Was sending you blessings the other nite as I was able to subdue a wicked headache with the assistance of your lavender felted pillow xxxx Nice thoughts angela:)


  2. That is a good idea. The midwives told us that we could have heat packs. I specifically asked because when I was Dyan’s birth, I asked for hot water packs and the Mercy nurses told us it was a fire hazard. I was thinking about carrying in our hot water bottle just in case we get there before the midwives do.

    Darian is in charge of the cooler. It is pretty well packed from what I have seen. 🙂


  3. I would suggest a rice/flax etc. filled bag for heat, but you may run into issues being able to heat it at the hospital. Other options would be a hot water bottle or the self-heating stick on pads, which are nice for after pains as well. They stay hot for a long time and I personally like that they stay put no matter what position I’m in. I also like foods that will come up easily, like pudding and yogurt, and something with a little caffeine. I have long labors, sometimes a little bit of tea is really helpful in the perk-me-up I’m fading period.


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