BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuWhat to bring to your labor and deliveryPrenatal care - what to bringThe arrival of your new son or daughter is a time of excitement and joy. It is often also a hectic time, so it can be hard to remember to pack everything that you will need at the hospital.About a month before your baby's due date, make sure you have the items below. Pack as many beforehand as you can. Use this checklist as a guide to get organized for the big event.Items for MomThe hospital will supply you with a gown, slippers, disposable underwear, and basic toiletries. While it is nice to have your own clothes with you, labor and the first few days postpartum are most often a very messy time, so you may not want to wear your brand-new lingerie. Items you should bring:Nightgown and bathrobe Slippers Bra and nursing bra Breast pads Socks (several pair) Underwear (several pair) Hair ties (scrunchies) Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, lip balm, lotion, and deodorant Comfortable and loose fitting clothing to wear home Items for BabyItems to bring for the new baby:Going home outfit for baby Receiving blanket Warm clothing to wear home and a heavy bunting or blanket (if the weather is cold) Baby socks Baby hat (such as for cold weather climates) Baby car seat. A car seat is required by law and should be properly installed in your car before you go to the hospital. (The National Highway and Safety Administration (NHTSA) -- www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#age-size-rec provides recommendations on finding the right care seat and installing it correctly.) Items for Labor CoachItems to bring for the labor coach:Stopwatch or watch with a second hand for timing contractions Phone list of contacts to announce your baby's birth to friends and family, including a cell phone, phone card, calling card, or change for calls Snacks and drinks for the coach, and, if allowed by the hospital, for you Massage rollers, massage oils to relieve back pain from labor The object you have chosen to use to focus your attention during labor (the "focal point") Items the Hospital Will Need from YouItems you will need to bring to the hospital:Health plan insurance card Hospital admissions papers (you may have to be pre-admitted) Pregnancy medical file, including over-the-counter and prescription medicine information Birth preferences Contact information of the health care provider who will be caring for your baby, so the hospital can let the office know your baby has arrived Other Important ItemsOther items to bring with you:Money for parking Camera Books, magazines Music (portable music player and favorite tapes or CDs) Cell phone, tablet and charger Items that comfort or soothe you, such as crystals, prayer beads, lockets, and photographs Open ReferencesReferencesGoyal NK. The newborn infant. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 113.Kilpatrick S, Garrison E, Fairbrother E. Normal labor and delivery. In: Landon MB, Galan HL, Jauniaux ERM, et al, eds. Gabbe's Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 11.Wesley SE, Allen E, Bartsch H. Care of the newborn. In: Rakel RE, Rakel DP, eds. Textbook of Family Medicine..9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 21.AllVideoImagesTogTalking to your MD Questions to ask your doctor about labor and deliverySelf Care What to bring to your labor and deliveryWhat to include in your birth planAfter a C-section - in the hospitalRelated Information Review Date: 3/31/2020 Reviewed By: John D. Jacobson, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda Center for Fertility, Loma Linda, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Links to other sites are provided for information only -- they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- © 1997- All rights reserved. A.D.A.M. content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.Content is best viewed in IE9 or above, Firefox and Google Chrome browser.