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What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birth

WaterAid, a non-profit focusing on access to water, asked moms around the world to reveal the contents of their delivery baby bag. Here's what was inside.

By Emily Rivas

What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birth

What expectant mothers carry in their bags world wide

What's in the bag?

Non-profit organization WaterAid asked expecting mothers around the world to reveal their labour and delivery essentials. Some women packed medical essentials, while others packed luxuries. Click on to see what each mom packed. 




What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid

Katy Shaw (Australia)

Among the things she packed: Toiletries, diapers, snacks, hat, socks, mittens, clothes for bab, clothes for mom, maternity underwear and pads, nursing pads and massage oils.



Read more: What to pack for a scheduled C-Section

What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid

Agnes Noti (Tanzania)

Among the things she packed: Baby clothes, baby blanket, socks, a basin, a flask and tea.








What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid

Cathelijne Geuze (U.K)

Among the things she packed: Clothes for mom and baby, e-reader and iPod, water bottle, snacks and a hand-knit blanket made by her aunt.



Read more: Newborn checklist 


What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid/Anna Kari

Takako Ishikawa (Japan)

Among the things she packed: Clothes for baby, insurance card, seal impression, consent form for hospitalization, consent form for blood transfusion, mother-and-child health record notebook, patient’s registration ticket, maternity shorts, crop top bra, toiletries and tissue paper.


What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid

Mestawet Legesse (Ethiopia)

Among the things she packed: Sanitary napkins, underwear, sweatpants, a long, loose dres,; a pair of socks and a bottle of Mirinda (orange soda).


What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid / Behailu Shiferaw

Chadla Suyhidy Morales Benjamio (Nicaragua)

Among the things she packed: Sheets, towel, a sweater, some cotton to put in her ears after giving birth and something to tie her hair with.


What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid/Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Kemisa Hidaya (Uganda)

Among the things she packed: Bed sheets, baby sweater and cap, body stockings, two nylon sheets, two pairs of gloves, a pair of razor blades, cotton wool roll for padding and cleaning blood in the process of delivery, washing soap powder, a bottle of disinfectant, bucket and basin for bathing and urination, a flask and cup, a roll of toilet paper, baby receiver to cover the baby, nappies, bedding and emergency money.


What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid/James Kiyimba

Merina Milimo (Zambia)

Among the things she packed: A baby blanket, napkins, a peg for clipping the umbilical cord, chitenge (wraps), cotton wool, sanitary pads, a dish and baby clothes.


What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid/Chileshe Chanda

Tiff Rolf (U.S)

Among the things she packed: Birth plan, pajamas, flip-flops and slippers, snacks, mother's milk tea (to help with breast milk), clothes for baby, a lollipop and Playdoh (a gift from baby's new big sister).


What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid/Sam Morgan

Deanna Neiers (New York City, U.S)

Among the things she packed: Music player, coconut oil, lavender oil, arnica gel, nursing bra and pads, clothes for mom and baby, lollipops and the Mindful Mom-To-Be by Lori Bregman. 




What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid/ Deana Neiers

Marie Lucette (Madagascar)

Among the things she packed: Baby blanket, a compress, cotton wool, nappies, clothes for baby, flip flops, a thermos, a sheet and pads for mom.  Read more: Hospital checklist








What moms-to-be around the world bring with them to give birthPhoto: WaterAid/Ernest Randriarimalala

This article was originally published on Feb 09, 2016
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