Preparing for Labor and Delivery

Preparing for Labor and Delivery Checklist

It’s never too early to pack your hospital bag, labor comes at the most unexpected times. It is hard enough trying to remember your purse while racing out the door, let alone your tooth brush, hair brush and deodorant.

Packing your bag well before your due date could also be helpful if hospital treatment is needed during pregnancy.Preparing for Delivery

We recommend that you pack a bag for labor and leave a separate packed bag for postpartum in the car or with someone else.

Preparing for Labor and Delivery

This prevents you from leaving items behind and dragging all of your stuff around the labor and birth wing. Keep in mind that some of these items will be provided by the hospital, however, every hospital is different. Besides it’s always better to pack your personal items and be safe than sorry.

Things to Do Before Delivery

Here is a list of items recommended for your preparing for labor and delivery hospital trip, feel free to add or delete items that you may feel necessary:


  • Your Labor Bag
  • Pillows from home that you will be able to identify
  • Music to relax you with a CD player
  • Camera with film and batteries
  • Camcorder with charged batteries and accessories
  • Signed copies of your birth plan
  • Your own colored wash cloths
  • Waterproof pads for the car ride
  • Nightgown or big shirt to wear during labor, although a hospital gown will be provided
  • Lip Balm
  • Massage tools (Oils, Massagers, etc.)
  • Baby Book for getting the foot prints done by the nurse when she does the paperwork
  • Focal Point (If you want one)
  • Socks for mom
  • Snacks or drinks for labor support (suckers or hard candy)
  • Your Postpartum Bag
  • Nursing bras and pads
  • Breastfeeding book
  • Going home outfit with cap and booties for baby
  • Receiving blanket (bring a warm blanket if cold outside)
  • More film (gift shop film is pricey)
  • Your own personal robe and maternity gown
  • Sanitary pads (buy the super absorbent for the first few days), and several pairs of roomy underwear
  • Slippers
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Hairbrush
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Any other toiletries, cosmetics or hair styling equipment you want
  • Car Seat with instructions
  • List of people to call after the baby is born
  • Calling Card for Long Distance Calls

Going home outfit for mom (You want to make sure you wear something loose and comfortable. It is common to wear what you came in with some nursing shirts)

Birth Announcements, stamps, envelopes

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What to leave at home

It is just as important preparing for delivery to remember to pack things as it is to leave things. You never want to take any valuables because you never know who will go in your room when your stepping out to go to the nursery, restroom, or shower. Some of these valuables that you might not think of may include:

  • Jewelry
  • Cash
  • Debit /Credit Card

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