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We encourage you to bring only what you will really need while you are in the hospital. Please leave valuables at home. The following labour and delivery checklist is a guide for the important items you may need.

For labour

  • Your health card
  • List of current medications (including vitamins and herbal supplements)
  • Your birth plan and pre-natal medical records, if you have a midwife
  • Robe, dressing gown, wrap, sweater
  • Slippers and/or socks
  • Lots of undergarments
  • An old nightdress or a t-shirt to wear while in labour
  • Massage oil or lotion, if needed
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, games, etc.
  • A headband or hair elastics
  • Pillows
  • Personal toiletries, such as shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, and tissues
  • Music and player

For the birth partner

  • Comfortable shoes
  • A change of clothes
  • Watch with a second hand to time contractions
  • Your choice of recording device (mobile phone or a camera)
  • Address book or a list of phone numbers
  • Snacks and drinks

For after the birth

  • Comfortable outfits
  • Nursing bras (2-3)
  • Breast pads
  • Nursing pillow
  • Feminine hygiene products (about 20 liners)
  • Nightshirt wrap or t-shirt suitable for breastfeeding

For your baby

  • An infant car seat (be sure to check the expiry date)
  • Two or three sleepers for baby to wear while in hospital
  • Baby blankets
  • Burp cloths or receiving blankets
  • Diapers, baby wipes, and baby blankets
  • Socks or booties
  • Hats
  • One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest)
  • Pen to complete hospital documents