As your delivery date approaches, a list of things to pack to bring with you to the hospital may be helpful. Here are a few lists to consider:

For Labor:

  • Picture identification
  • Insurance card and/or prenatal record (if your physician provides one)
  • Eyeglasses or contacts (you may want to leave contact lenses at home, or bring an extra pair and their care supplies)
  • Your birth plan or guide (if you have one)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Any comfort items you may want to bring:
    • Pillows
    • Music player (plug-in auxiliary ports are in each room for playing music)
    • Electric tea candles
    • Something to read or watch before labor begins (remember to bring your chargers)
    • Aromatherapy aids
  • Chapstick and lotion(s)
  • Hair ties
  • Socks (two pairs that can be thrown away, if needed)
  • For those using hydrotherapy in tubs or showers, a sports bra or long tank top might be helpful
For Your Partner/Labor Coach During Labor:
  • Camera with batteries, charger and memory card
  • Toiletries
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Bathing suit ( in case you want a partners help and support while using hydrotherapy for labor pain)
  • Something to read and watch
  • Snacks
  • Money/Credit card for food
  • Change for vending machines
After Delivery:
  • loose comfortable night gown
  • Toiletries
  • Nursing bras
  • Maternity underpants ( make sure you are stocked at home with heavy flow sanitary pads) Stretch panties and pads are provided in the hospital
  • Comfortable clothing for going home, comfortable shoes ( not pre-pregnancy clothing)
  • Robe if desired

For Your Baby:

  • Car seat, with base installed in car (Learn about the Child Seat Inspections we offer!)
  • Going home outfit
  • Blankets
  • Hats
  • Breastfeeding support pillows
What Not to Bring:
  • Jewelry
  • Large amounts of cash
  • Other valuables
  • Medications (unless instructed by provider)
  • Diapers
  • Breast pump (we will provide you one if needed)