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Packing your bag for labor and delivery

Published on September 07, 2018

Packing your hospital bag for labor and delivery

Melissa Bruns, BSN, RN, RNC-OB, IBCLC
Regional Educator Outreach
St. Cloud Hospital

Packing your hospital bag for labor and deliveryYou painted the nursery, washed the baby clothes and completed the childbirth class; now it is time to pack your hospital bag for the labor, delivery and hospital stay. We recommend you have your bag packed by week 36 — just in case baby decides to make an early arrival.

For mom

  • Bring a photo ID and insurance information
  • A copy of your birth plan and your preferences
  • Anything that makes you comfortable (favorite music, cotton socks or slippers, pillow, T-shirt, yoga pants, robe, aromatherapy (but please leave diffusers at home), etc.
  • Snacks
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Personal care items
    • Lip balm
    • Contact lens case, solution and eyeglasses
    • Shampoo and shower gel
    • Lotion
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Comb, brush, hair ties
    • Deodorant
    • Makeup, if desired
  • Supportive nursing bra (one without an underwire is recommended), tank top or pajamas
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing pads
  • Loose, comfortable outfit for going home (think early pregnancy size and you may need a full cup size larger than before you were pregnant)
  • The hospital provides gowns, bathrobes, sanitary pads and disposable stretch panties for your stay.
  • Leave valuables (purse and wallet) at home
  • Remove all body piercings and jewelry including earrings before coming to the hospital

Preregistration For Your New Arrival

You can find the needed forms to complete at our Gift of Motherhood page. Just select “Preregistration and Birth Certificate Form” on the page and select the CentraCare Health facility where you will having your delivery. It is requested that you complete these forms by Week 28 of your pregnancy.

You also can find a health care provider to care for your infant on our providers accepting new patients page.

Please note that if mom is in need of a breast pump, the lactation and bedside nurses will have a hospital grade pump available at the hospital.

For the partner/labor support person

  • Bring a photo ID
  • Comfortable clothes (T-shirt, sweatshirt, extra set of clothes, if spending the night)
  • Snacks
  • Small amount of money
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Camera and/or video recorder, batteries and chargers
  • Laptop and cord, if desired
  • Leave valuables (purses and wallets) at home
  • Special gift for older siblings who will be visiting after the birth, if desired
  • Personal care items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

For baby

  • Car seat. Learn how to use and install the seat in your vehicle before coming to the hospital. We recommend you make an appointment with a certified technician to check the safety and fit of the seat in your vehicle.
  • Baby book (for footprints)
  • Hat and blanket for going home
  • Special outfit for hospital photo, if desired
  • “Going home” outfit
  • The hospital provides everything your baby needs during your stay (diapers, T-shirts, blankets). At discharge you may take your baby’s crib cards, comb, bulb syringe and any remaining diapers.

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