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Pregnancy and Childbirth: What to Bring to the Hospital

You’re likely feeling anxious as your child’s birth approaches. This is normal. To give yourself some peace of mind, pack a bag ahead of time. Do this 3 weeks ahead of your estimated delivery date. Here is a list of things to remember:

Pregnant woman sitting on bed putting items in overnight bag.

  • Personal care items such as a toothbrush, hair brush, lip balm, lotion, and shampoo

  • Eyeglasses (if you wear them)

  • Nightgown (if you plan to breastfeed, pack one that allows for nursing)

  • Nursing bra if you plan to breastfeed

  • Bathrobe and slippers

  • Many hospitals provide maternity underwear, but you may want to bring underwear that can be soiled because you will have bleeding after delivery

  • Comfortable clothes for you to wear home, such as sweat pants, yoga pants, or other stretchable clothes, because your prepregnancy clothes may not fit after delivery of your baby

  • Personal music player and headphones

  • Camera with new batteries

  • Coins for vending machines

  • Telephone numbers of people to call after the birth

  • Cell phone and charger

  • Insurance information and any other paperwork needed for your hospital stay

  • A list of baby names you are considering

  • An infant, rear-facing car seat for bringing home your baby (this is required by law)

Add anything else that you don’t want to forget:









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