Creating your Labour & Birth Toolkit ... everything you need to birth your baby

Welcoming a new life into the world is both exciting and daunting. As the countdown to the big day begins, may find yourself brimming with anticipation and, at times, a touch of trepidation. Building a comprehensive Labour & Birth Toolbox can be the key to feeling prepared, confident, and supported throughout the journey. From relaxation techniques to essential items and vital knowledge, this blog aims to guide you in curating your personalised toolkit, tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Whether you're a first-time parent or adding to your growing family, this guide will help you assemble the necessary resources to navigate the incredible adventure of bringing new life into the world. 

And, bonus! This can also be a great resource to help you pack your hospital bag too!


Please note that the information provided in this blog is intended for general informational purposes only. The content here does not serve as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is always crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare provider, such as an obstetrician or midwife, before making any decisions or taking any actions related to your pregnancy, labour, or delivery.

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First stage of Labour ... Early Labour

The tools for this stage are all about encouraging your labour to progress naturally while conserving your energy and mental resources.

Birthing ball

Curb walking

Pace walking




Games & TV

Quality time with your partner

Eat as normal, where possible

Sleep & rest as normal, where possible

Analgesics such as Panadol or Nurophen

Second Phase of Labour - Active Labour

By now you may be at the hospital and the tools for this stage are your general labour tools.

For consistent contractions

Clary Sage Oil Essential Oil

Red Raspberry Leaf Tea - to aid your uterus

Caullophyllum 200C or Cimicifuga 200C - for cervix dilation

Gelsemium 30C and Pulsatilla 30C - to keep labour progressing

For pain & discomfort

Familiar pillows or items

Breathing/Breath counting

Gas & Air



TENS machine


Water immersion

Warm compresses


Magnesium oil - for muscle cramping

Arnica 30C - throughout labour to help with soreness

Kali Carb 200C - for back labour

Dates - to ease labour discomfort


Sterile water injections

Opioid relief such as Pethidine


For tiredness/low energy

Honey sticks - a quick and easy form of natural sugar

Nuts and seeds/nut butter/ protein balls - to replenish calories

For energy - Orange, lemon, or other citrus oils

Coconut water - to replenish lost electrolytes

Kali Phos 200C - for overall exhaustion

For distress or panic

Dim lighting


Breathing/Breath counting

Gas & Air


Lavender essential oil

For extreme fatigue or exhaustion

Bone broth - to replenish lost calories and electrolytes

Kali Phos 200C - for overall exhaustion

Epidural to aid a period of rest

Third Phase of Labour - Transition

As your body transitions to the pushing phase you may feel overwhelmed or panicky. Use your calming tools at this time.

Dim lighting



Water Immersion

Breathing/Breath counting

Gas & Air


To relax - Lavender essential oil

Fourth Phase of Labour - Pushing

Finally your baby is ready to be born! Use these tools to help at this phase.

To stay focused - Frankincense

Active birthing positions

Water immersion

Warm compresses

Breathing/Breath counting


Local anaesthetic injections

Arnica 200C 

Final Phase of Labour - Immediate Post-partum

To help you in immediate post-partum recovery use these tools.

Herbal sitz spray - to soothe tender areas and aid healing

After-ease - to calm after birth pains

Magnesium - for constipation that usually sets in post birth. (where to buy)

Peri bottles - to stay fresh and hygienic

Cold compresses

We hope this resource will be helpful as you welcome your little one into the world. As you journey through each stage of your labour you can check in and utilise every tool that may help at that time. Plus this is a great resource to aid you in packing your bag! 

Plus you can download the full toolkit so you have all the information at your fingertips when you need it. Download your FREE mobile version here! ►

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