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Water birth checklist

Midwife checking the checklist
Midwife checking the checklist

For both a home or a hospital water birth you can use our checklist to help you prepare. This way you can ensure that you have everything on hand for a water birth. You can find many checklists online for a home birth, and many of these items are also relevant when you prepare for a water birth. We have prepared a water birth checklist for you below to help you prepare optimally for a water birth. Keep in mind that this list is not comprehensive: some items on the list might be unnecessary for you while other items might be missing. 

Make sure that you have all items on your childbirth checklist and/or your hospital bag ready go. You will need all of these items for either a home birth or a hospital birth. If you planned for a homebirth, it is also important to still have a hospital bag ready in case you need to transfer to the hospital.

Checklist for a home birth (in addition to the maternity box)

  • Warm (long) socks
  • Icepacks 
  • Lipbalm 
  • Bucket 2x 
  • Garbage bags 
  • Hair tie 
  • Nursing bra 
  • Bedpan

Additional items needed for a water birth 

  • Professional birth pool and accessories 
  • Read through instructional manual, and the points of attention 
  • Sufficient number of dry towels 
  • Bathrobe(s) 
  • Clean bucket 
  • If desirable: swimwear (top) 


  • Don’t forget to elevate your bed with a bed raiser three weeks before your due date. You can rent or buy bed raisers at most large stores. 
  • Do you have children or animals? Make sure to arrange care for them 
  • Make sure to have a camera or video camera on hand, or a fully charged phone. 
  • Prepared well?

This checklist helps you prepare optimally for a water birth. Read more water birth tips, on, for example, proper clothing, pain relievers, and birthing in your own bathtub.

Have you decided to use one of our birth pools for your water birth?

Take a look here in the shop at the range of birth pools and kits that meet all requirements.


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