Christine Koh


I'm Christine Koh, a music and brain neuroscientist turned multimedia creative. I'm the founder + editor of Boston Mamas, co-author of Minimalist Parenting, co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast, and creative director at Women Online. Drop me a line; I'd love to chat about how we can work together!

Perfectly Packed


Despite being an excessively organized person who had plenty of time to pack (I went to 42 weeks), my hospital bag was embarrassingly ill stocked. Not only did I fail to pack cute, spirit-bolstering transition clothes for the leaving-the-hospital photos (I still cringe about the fact that I left the hospital in the same maternity track pants I arrived in…), but I forgot to pack other important toiletry basics and much needed self-care/relaxation products. Part of this oversight was due to general cluelessness; part due to the fact that I was busy over-packing Laurel’s bag with an excess of coming home outfits and other unnecessary gear.
Sound familiar? The good news is that there’s a terrific new solution for expecting moms who are unsure of what to pack for the hospital, or not-so-new moms who won’t have time to pack a bag because they’re too busy chasing the kid(s). The Birth’a Bag is one of my new favorite picks for an amazing baby shower or thank-you-for-bearing-my-child gift. Neutral and stylish on the outside (i.e., not embarrassing for dads to tote), but with pretty contrast fabric on the inside, this adjustable shoulder bag doubles as a diaper bag (complete with coordinated changing pad and plenty of pockets to keep gear organized), and is replete with a fantastic array of natural and organic face, hair, and body products, snacks and tea, as well as calming music, a disposable camera, and even a t-shirt for your birthing partner.

Birth'a Bag donates a portion of sales to organizations that support prenatal health and wellness; so picking up one of these fab bags will benefit others, while ensuring that you’ll be properly stocked for your hospital stay. Just be sure to also leave a cute and comfy transition outfit by the door.

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