ARTICLE: What the world’s women pack in their maternity bags – in pictures

As someone who didn’t get to pack a maternity bag (Thanks for the early arrival, Chick,) I find it interesting to see what other women think of as essential to their birthing experience. Even more so when those women are in Malawi, Nicaragua, the UK, NYC…

What the world’s women pack in their maternity bags – in pictures




  1. g2the4thpower · February 2, 2016

    Very interesting! I shouldn’t have worn scarves throughout my pregnancy, damn it! 🙂 I couldn’t imagine having to carry water throughout my pregnancy, from sources far away, or not having access to clean water. That’s awful for anyone, let alone expectant moms and their babies!

    • thecommonostrich · February 3, 2016

      Right? It underscores how even the tiniest thing (i.e. having access to clean water) isn’t so tiny for some people. And it serves as a reminder of why infant and maternal mortality rates can be so high. (not to be scary or anything…)

      • g2the4thpower · February 3, 2016

        Oh yes, for sure. What a nightmare that must be. So incredibly scary.

  2. hopingforatakehome · February 2, 2016

    Wow, thanks for sharing this. Definitely a good reminder of how much we have and how lucky we are. A good reminder for me today that we have great medical care here in Canada. I really needed that because this morning I heard about an acquaintance who hemorrhaged after birth and had to have 5 blood transfusions. Mom and baby are doing alright, but obviously a super big scare. I’m 38.5 weeks pregnant and hearing about this seriously shook me up and made me so anxious about labour. Like so scared. Seeing what women in these photos have to deal with in terms of facilities and clean water and hygenic conditions for birth quelled the anxiety a bit because I know we all generally have great care in North America. I need to focus on this.

    • thecommonostrich · February 3, 2016

      And here I thought this was just a toss away post! I’m glad that it did you some good.

      As someone who didn’t have the time to pack a bag because baby crashed the party early, I can reassure that you can have a happy, healthy labor even under less than ideal circumstances. Most of all, worrying about it now isn’t going to impact any outcome. (I know, I know… easier said than done.)

      You’re going to do great, mama!

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  4. Molly · February 2, 2016

    I saw this the other day and I thought it was so interesting. Especially the one who packed razor blades to cut the umbilical cord.

    • thecommonostrich · February 3, 2016

      Yeah. Because imagine if there was no way to actually remove the baby after you’d birthed it. That would be tricky.

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