Packing List for the Hospital or Birth Center

December 6, 2013

It’s  recommended to have everything ready to go when you’re eight months pregnant, since you could go into labor at any time in the weeks before your due date.

What to pack for labor

  • A picture ID (driver’s license or other ID)
  • Your insurance card
  • Your birth plan if you have one
  • Eyeglasses
  • Robe, dressing gown, wrap sweater. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour and you’ll need one for after if you’re staying overnight. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better.
  • Slippers
  • Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
  • An old nightdress or a T shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don’t bring anything new to wear in hospital.
  • Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour.
  • Snacks (chocolate) and drinks for you while you are in labour
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, games and so on.
  • Extra Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable.
  • Toiletries – body lotion, shishado, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, comb, soap, shampoo, shower cap, maxi pad
  • Music to listen to
  • Cellphone and charger
  • Camera and charger
  • Takeout Menus
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