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What to Bring to the Hospital

If you are over 36 weeks pregnant, you should have your bag packed and ready. But what should you bring with you to the hospital?

Labor & Delivery Bag
The hospital will only provide a gown and a bed for your labor and delivery. These are some other things you should consider bringing:

  • Your favorite pillow – hospital pillows tend to be kind of stiff
  • Music – personal CD or MP3 player. Many women burn a CD of relaxing and upbeat songs for labor
  • Hard candy to suck on – Jolly Ranchers or Lifesavers work good
  • Phone numbers of relatives & friends
  • Journal
  • Cards or games. You may be in for a long wait.
  • Bedroom Shoes and extra socks
  • Digital Camera
  • Calling card -for long-distance calls or cell phone (cell phones are not to be on in the hospital, but your partner can take it outside)
  • Birth Announcements – start filling them out as you wait
  • Tennis ball – your partner can rub your back with it during contractions
  • Insurance card
  • Contact Lenses with case and solution. Also bring your glasses. Some hospitals do not allow contacts to be worn during labor and delivery.

Post Delivery Bag
Leave this bag in your car until after delivery. Many times they will move you around a lot during labor, so your bag could get lost or stolen.

For you:

  • Brush/comb
  • Toothbrush/ toothpaste
  • Makeup or miscellaneous toiletries
  • Deodorant
  • Two supportive bras
  • Nightgowns
  • Bathrobe
  • Underwear
  • Slippers
  • Breastfeeding pillow
  • Clothes to wear home

For baby:

  • Tee-shirts
  • Lightweight cap/socks
  • Lightweight receiving blanket
  • Warmer blanket or bunting if your baby is born in the cold months
  • Going Home Clothes
  • Car seat  

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