In my village we have many traditions, taboos, and things that you can’t do during your pregnancy. For example, pregnant women should not put ginger in their pocket. If women do put ginger in their pocket, their baby will grow a sixth finger or toe. I do follow them all because I try to be respectful. I don’t want to be cursed by ancestors, and above all I don’t want something bad happening to my new baby.”

A sixth finger because of ginger? Interesting.

I was a bit surprised this article didn’t mention any Scandinavian countries, who are regularly praised for some of their birth procedures and protocols — here’s a good article on Finnish children and why they sleep in boxes after being born, for example — but it was interesting to learn about birth and hospital bags from all over the world. I created the contents of my bag based on 10+ years of working with new moms and seeing the resources they need, from ginger chews to hair ties and Chapstick (Burt’s Bees). You can purchase my birth bag here, or feel free to contact me with any questions. I love hearing from expectant mothers on their concerns, challenges, and excitement!