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What To Pack

Forgetting something important is the last thing a mother-to-be wants to think about during labor and delivery. For your peace of mind and to ensure a comfortable childbirth experience, we have provided a simple checklist of items for you to bring with you to Bay Medical’s Family Birth Center.

You may want to pack two bags a small overnight bag for the items you will need during labor and a larger bag for everything else that you will need later.
For Labor and Delivery:
        Your Birth Plan if you have oneBe sure to make your physician aware of your wishes in advance so he or she can discuss them with you and answer any questions you may have.
        Your Insurance Card
        Your Pediatrician’s Name and Phone Number
        Hospital Paperwork
        Labor and Delivery Outfit We will provide a hospital gown for you to wear during labor and delivery, or you may bring your own gown that is loose and comfortable and that you don't mind getting soiled.
        Slippers  For walking around the unit during early labor.
        Socks To keep your feet warm.
        Hair Clip or Band To keep hair out of your face during delivery.
        Eyeglasses Even if you usually wear contacts, you will probably need or want to take them out at some point during your stay.
        Pillow from Home To add a touch of familiar comfort, feel free to bring your favorite pillow from home. Simply remember to choose a patterned pillowcase so it won't get mixed up with hospital pillows.

      •        Magazines Expect some down time, but you won't want a novel.
      •        Music and Activities (cards, games)  that are relaxing for mom
      •        Hard candy or gum

For Your Partner/Labor Coach
  • Change for vending machines and snacks
  • Basic Toiletries (Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant.)
  • A Change of Clothes
  • Snacks and Reading Material
  • Camera for all of the important first photos
  • Video Camera (for use after delivery)  – To document those precious first moments of your baby's life.
  • Address Book and Important Phone Numbers  – You will have plenty of calls to make!
For Yourself
  • A Fresh Nightgown and Robe
  • Toiletries  – Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, makeup, hairbrush, shampoo, and soap.
  • Going-Home Outfit  – Choose something roomy and easy to get into that fit during your sixth month of pregnancy, along with a pair of flat shoes.
  • Nursing Bra  To support swollen, sore breasts and keeps breast pads in place.
  • Breast Pads  To stop messy leaks by absorbing milk.
  • Nursing pillow  To reduce the strain on your arms, neck, and back while nursing.
For Your Baby
  • Infant Car Seat  You can't leave the hospital without one! Please make sure your car seat is properly installed, and that you know how to fasten your infant in it safely.

  • Hat  To prevent heat loss by covering your baby's head.
  • Receiving Blanket  Newborns love to be swaddled.
  • Booties/Socks  To keep little feet snug and warm.
  • Going-Home Outfit  A soft outfit for your baby's first homecoming.
  • Outfit for Bay Medical-Sacred Heart billboard photo