What to pack for the Hospital

Having the things you’ll need at the hospital or birthing center packed and ready to go well in advance of your due date is important. You probably won’t have the time or energy to do it once you’re in labor, and you’ll have that peace of mind knowing that it’s already taken care of.

Labor Bag Checklist

Your labor bag will contain essentials and things that will help you feel comfortable during labor For

Expectant Moms:

  • Insurance card and hospital paperwork
  • Eyeglasses (if you need them)
  • Loose, comfortable clothes
  • Book, magazine, tablet or cards for early labor
  • Bathrobe Socks and slippers
  • Hairbands, ties or barrettes Lip moisturizer Rolling pin or tennis ball for backache
  • Massage lotion and tools
  • Hot rice sock Aromatherapy scents
  • Sentimental item from home, such as a favorite pillow or blanket
  • Focal point, such as an ultrasound or vacation photo
  • Music
  • Birth ball (if not provided by hospital)
  • LED candle
  • Birth plan

For Partner:

It helps to have your own bag of things to make you comfortable during labor and an overnight stay. Bring practical things, and don’t be surprised if you’re also put in charge of documenting the whole experience.

  • Directions/map to hospital
  • Camera, camcorder and/or memory card and batteries
  • Snacks
  • A few dollars and loose change for parking and vending machines (do not bring more cash than you’ll need, credit cards or other valuables)
  • Mints or chewing gum for fresh breath (your partner may be extra sensitive to odors during labor)
  • Basic toiletries, including a toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant
  • Change of clothes
  • Bathing suit in case you help your partner in the tub or shower during labor
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Phone numbers of friends