Hospital pillows are pretty horrible. They are usually flat, and they are covered in an impermeable plastic that does not breathe at all. When you’re giving birth, they’re pretty great to stuff between your legs, but one way to make your hospital birth feel a little more homey is to bring a pillow from home. It doesn’t have to be your favorite, but pick one that feels comfortable tucked behind your head. Labor’s rough enough without feeling like you’re laying your head on a slightly stuffed garbage bag. Put at least two pillowcases on it, preferably colored ones so you can easily tell your pillow from the hospital supply. Then after your baby’s born, you can take the top pillowcase off (it will almost certainly be sweaty) and have a fresh pillow ready for your postpartum stay. Ahhhh...good night!
Doula, mother, crunchy minimalist, Christ follower.