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What to Bring to the Hospital for Childbirth

Now is a great time to start preparing for your delivery. One of the things you can do prior to your hospital stay is make a list of all of the important things you’ll need to take to the hospital for you and your baby. Babies can surprise us, and the same goes for childbirth. Because of this, we recommend packing your things several weeks before your scheduled due date, in case you need to come to the hospital unexpectedly.

Essential items you’ll want to include are your insurance information, a list of any medications you're taking, and if possible, the actual bottles of prescription medication.

Packing for You & Baby

For Mom 

As you pack your hospital bag, be sure to include any items you think you’ll need or want during your labor and postpartum. Some must-haves include:

  • Bathrobe/nightgown (if you want to wear your own)
  • A pillow (if you would like your own)
  • Socks and slippers
  • Bathroom essentials
    • Hair care products
    • Lotion
    • Make-up
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Healthy snacks
  • Glasses or contacts
  • Cell phone / tablet and charger
  • Going-home comfortable clothing (usually about the size you wore during the fifth month of pregnancy)
  • Nursing bra
  • Lanolin cream for nursing

For Baby

These items can be brought in before or after delivery:

  • Infant car seat with base already installed
  • Going home outfit and outfit for baby photo
  • Cotton or muslin swaddle blanket
  • Fleece blanket/car seat cover for winter
  • Socks or booties
  • Cap

For Your Partner or Doula

Below are some comforting items that will help your doula, birthing coach, or partner take care of you during the delivery:

  • Your birth plan
  • Extra pillows, robe, slippers and healthy snacks and drinks for your partner
  • Comfortable shoes and clothes for at least two days 
  • Swimwear, if they want to join you in a birth pool
  • Toiletries

As you prepare for your stay, think about the things that make you feel comfortable and happy, and incorporate them into your plan. Nothing is too sentimental or insignificant. Our team at SSM Health is here to support your wishes and provide you the best birthing experience possible.

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