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What To Bring To Your Delivery

What To Bring To Your Delivery

If you have planned your delivery at a hospital or birthing center, pack your hospital bag at least three weeks before your due date. The last week can be very hectic and tiresome to pack everything you will need at the hospital.

The following checklist will help you what to pack to help you enjoy a comfortable hospital stay:

Paperwork Required By Hospital/Birthing Center

  • Photo ID card
  • Health insurance card
  • Hospital registration papers (if you have pre-registered)
  • Pregnancy medical file, including over-the-counter and prescription medicine information
  • Birth plan (birth preferences)
  • Contact information of the doctor who will be caring for your baby, so the hospital can let the office know your baby has arrived

Essential Items For Mom

  • Nightgown and bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Bra and nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Socks (several pairs)
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, lip balm, lotion, and deodorant
  • Hair ties (scrunchies)
  • Comfortable and loose fitting clothing to wear home

Essential Items For Labor Coach

  • Stopwatch or watch with a second hand for timing contractions
  • Phone list of contacts to announce your baby’s birth to friends and family, including a cell phone, phone card, calling card, or change for calls
  • Snacks and drinks for the coach, and, if allowed by the hospital, for you
  • Massage rollers, massage oils to relieve back pain from labor
  • Focal point. Bring the object you have chosen to use to focus your attention during labor

Essential Items For Baby

  • An approved baby car seat
  • Going home outfit for baby
  • Receiving blanket
  • Warm clothing to wear home and a heavy bunting or blanket (if the weather is cold)
  • Baby socks
  • Baby hat (especially for cold weather climates)
  • Baby car seat. A car seat is required by law and should be properly installed in your car before you leave the hospital.

Other Important Things

  • Money for parking
  • Camera
  • Books, magazines, or tablet to help you pass time
  • Music (portable music player and favorite tapes or CDs)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Items that comfort or soothe you, such as such as crystals, prayer beads, lockets, and photographs