Packing for the hospital

In order to have all of the materials necessary before and after delivery, you may want to pack two bags: an overnight bag for all of the materials you'll need during labor, and a larger bag for your necessary belongings after labor. Pack what you would need as if you were going away for a weekend. Your partner or labor coach may also need a bag for his/her belongings and don't forget to pack a small bag for your newborn baby's belongings! Here is a list of recommended items to bring to the hospital.

For labor

  • Your birth plan
  • Lip balm 
  • Massage oil
  • Massage tools such as tennis balls (in a sock), foam noodle
  • Relaxing music on a CD
  • You can bring your own birth ball if you like
  • Hair tie or barrette, if you think you may need them
  • Comfort Skills class materials

After labor

  • Personal items such as a bathrobe, nightgown, slippers
  • Healthy snacks such as granola bars, crackers, fruit, etc. It is likely that you will be hungry after labor, so make sure to stack up on healthy, plentiful snacks. The nourishment center also has many snacks available.
  • Toiletries
  • A nursing bra and breast pads
  • A going-home outfit. Keep in mind that you will probably need an elastic waistband; you may still look 5-6 months pregnant

For your partner/labor coach

  • Basic toiletries
  • Money for vending machines
  • Reading materials
  • Change of clothes and clothes for sleeping
  • A camera or video camera and film, memory card or batteries
  • Checkbook for birth certificate fee

For your baby

  • A going-home and picture outfit
  • A pair of socks or booties
  • A cap
  • An infant car seat (base needs to be secured properly in your car before baby is taken to car)
  • A blanket, depending on the weather