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With help from doctors, nurses, and moms who've been there, we're partnering with Johnson's Baby to build the ultimate support guide for moms-to-be and new families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What to Pack for the Hospital
During the Pandemic

While many essentials you need to buy when expecting a child will be the same during COVID-19, there are some new things to consider when packing your pregnancy hospital bag. Together with Johnson’s Baby, we chatted with Kristy Zadrozny—a doula and the founder and director of Expecting(nyc)—and nurse practitioner Leah Geoghegan, who outline the items that should be in your go-bag if you’re giving birth during the pandemic.

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Extra Pillows

While the hospital will definitely have pillows for you, they’re probably not going to be as fluffy as you’d like. “I highly recommend at least two pillows,” Zadrozny says. “The last thing you want to end up with is one... flat pancake for the duration of your labor.”Read moreRead less

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A Soft, Warm Blanket

Although a blanket is another item the hospital will surely provide, you might end up with something old and rough because of the increase in patients. “The hospital might be running low these days, and what you... bring will be more comforting than what they have to offer,” Zadrozny says.Read moreRead less

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Pajamas and Slippers

“The labor gown can be scratchy and awkward, so think about bringing a soft, stretchy nightgown to labor in,” Zadrozny says. She also suggests bringing a pair of slippers or shoes for your birthing partner... so they feel comfortable and relaxed for the duration of the labor—which in turn will make you feel calmer. “An extra change of clothes or two for mom, baby, and partner is always good as well,” she adds.Read moreRead less

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Baby Supplies

“The hospital should have diapers, onesies, swaddles, and hats for babies, but bring a few of your own in case they are running behind on stocking up the rooms,” Zadrozny says. Additionally, stock up on... baby products at home, like CottonTouch Newborn Wash & Shampoo and CottonTouch Newborn Face and Body Lotion from Walmart.com.Read moreRead less

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Face Masks and Gloves

Expectant mothers and birthing partners may be required to wear face masks, so be sure to stay up-to-date with the hospital's policies. “[Some laboring women and partners] will be required to keep... their face mask on in labor, and labor can be long,” Zadrozny says. “Perhaps you can get yourself a fabric mask that won't irritate your face or the back of your ears.”Read moreRead less

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Water Bottle with a Bendy Straw

A large water bottle means you have to fill it less often, and it also reduces the number of small plastic cups you’ll use at the hospital. And if it has a flexible, built-in straw, even better. “You may find yourself... in many different positions during labor, so make life easy by having some bendy straws on hand so you can sip while staying horizontal,” Zadrozny says.Read moreRead less

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Inhaler (If You Use One)

This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you or your partner uses an inhaler, make sure to bring it with you. While hospitals would normally be able to provide inhalers, Geoghegan says that they are beginning to run low.

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Toiletry Kit

“Mouthwash, toothpaste, face wipes, and deodorant can make all the difference after a long labor,” Zadrozny says. “Sometimes the hospital has this on hand for you, but there’s a chance supplies... are running low at this time.” Put together a kit with all of those hotel minis you never use, and make a list of everything else you’ll need to throw in your bag at the last minute so you don’t forget any essentials.Read moreRead less

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Towel and Shower Shoes

Taking a refreshing shower can help laboring mothers deal with some of the pain. Don’t forget to bring shower shoes and a nice fluffy towel to keep you comfortable.

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Phone Charger

“You probably can’t have an additional support person in [the room] at this time, but you can still have support as needed,” Zadrozny says. “Making it easy to communicate with your doula and... other support people will make all the difference.” Consider a portable charger too, so you can easily keep your phone juiced while chatting with loved ones.Read moreRead less

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Cover for Baby Carrier

When it’s time to take baby home, you have to make sure your little bundle of joy is fully protected. “Because babies cannot wear a mask, be sure to have a cover for your baby carrier,” Geoghegan says. “If... you use a cloth cover, be sure to wash it when you get home using hot water, and dry it completely.”Read moreRead less

Download Full Packing List PDF At Johnson's, their purpose is to create a world where every baby thrives, and they believe in supporting healthy pregnancies for a healthy start to life. Visit Johnson’s Baby for more tips on caring for your little one and to discover how they are #InItTogether with expectant mothers and families. This story was published on 5/7/2020. The COVID-19 situation is always changing, so check the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
Download Full Packing List PDF At Johnson's, their purpose is to create a world where every baby thrives, and they believe in supporting healthy pregnancies for a healthy start to life. Visit Johnson’s Baby for more tips on caring for your little one and to discover how they are #InItTogether with expectant mothers and families. This story was published on 5/7/2020. The COVID-19 situation is always changing, so check the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.

How You Can Support Parents-To-Be and New Families in the Age of COVID-19

There are plenty of ways you can continue to make new and expectant families feel special, from replacing in-person baby showers with virtual celebrations, to making a supply run for essentials.

What to Ask Your Doctor as You Approach Birth During the Pandemic

Preparing to give birth during the COVID-19 pandemic can be daunting, but keeping the lines of communication with your doctor open can help put you at ease. Inspired by Johnson’s Baby’s commitment to being #InItTogether and supporting the health and well-being of babies and their families during the outbreak, we’re sharing some key questions you may want to ask your doctor in preparation for having a baby during the novel coronavirus.

OB-GYN Q&A:
How COVID-19 Affects Expectant Mothers And Their Babies

As the world scrambles to understand the novel coronavirus, some aspects of life must go on. More importantly, new life continues to develop. While this is an unprecedented time for all, being an expectant mother through the pandemic can make things feel even more unnerving. As expected, the questions and concerns you have are multiplied and amplified.

A Healthcare Worker’s Open Letter to Expecting Moms: What It’s Really Like on the Delivery Floor

Despite the chaos of COVID-19, women haven’t stopped giving birth. New life enters the world each day, and OB-GYN Dr. Sudhi Trye wants every expectant mother to know what to anticipate. In partnership with Johnson’s Baby’s — a company that’s been caring for babies for more than 125 years and believe in supporting healthy pregnancies — Dr. Trye shares her experience on the delivery floor amid the global pandemic. Read her honest and open letter to expectant mothers.

Note that this is one doctor’s opinion, and experiences differ by care provider, location and hospital.

Step Inside the Delivery Room

To help expectant mothers who are preparing to give birth during the COVID-19 pandemic, real moms, doctors, and nurses share their own experiences from inside the delivery room in this series of self-filmed videos.

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Stephanie Hack, OB-GYN

Stephanie Hack, an OB-GYN and expectant mother in Washington, D.C., shares tips to help women fully embrace their pregnancies in the age of COVID-19.

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Stacy O’Donnell, New Mom

Stacy O’Donnell, a new mom from Westborough, Massachusetts, offers advice for expectant mothers based on her own coronavirus birthing experience.

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Morgan West, OB-GYN

Arizona-based OB-GYN Morgan West provides reassurance for moms-to-be who have questions surrounding pregnancy and the coronavirus.

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Bianca Rodriguez, New Mom

New mom Bianca Rodriguez on giving birth in a New York City hospital during COVID-19, and how expectant families can stay positive in the current climate.

An Open Letter from a Mom Who Gave Birth During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Bringing life into the world is intimidating to begin with, but doing it during a pandemic can be downright frightening. In late March, Jeanne Marie, a mom of two from NYC, did exactly that. In partnership with Johnson’s Baby’s—who is committed to helping individuals and communities manage the impacts of COVID-19—she shares her story and advice for pregnant women. While her experience wasn’t without complications, the positive outcome of her son’s birth makes this an uplifting read for every expectant mother.

Recursos en Español

Johnson’s Baby se compromete a ser #InItTogether con familias nuevas y futuras de diferentes culturas, por eso nos estamos uniendo con ellas para proveerles recursos en español para ayudarlo a navegar la pandemia de COVID-19.

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