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What to Bring to the Hospital

Pack a bag in advance and be ready for the big day. There will be a number of personal items that you’ll want to bring with you to the hospital. The Women’s Center offers this “Hospital Bag” checklist from A to Z to provide some guidance.

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  • Car Seat – Make sure it’s installed, ready to go, and that you know how to properly use it.
  • Comfy Clothes – Loose lounge pants, nursing tank top, and cozy zip-up or bathrobe.
  • Clothes to Go Home
  • Footwear – Slippers, no-skid socks, or slip-on shoes.
  • Glasses and their Case
  • Health Records
  • Lanolin – Soothes you and safe for baby when breastfeeding.
  • Lip Balm
  • Nursing Bra
  • Nursing Pads
  • Overnight Items for Your Partner
  • Personal Items: Pads, Underwear and Diapers –We’ll provide pads and mesh underwear, however, some moms like bringing their own protection to be more comfortable.
  • Phone and Phone Charger – Tip: Remember to take it with you when you leave.
  • Pillow – We have pillows, but yours is probably more comfy.
  • Snacks –You’ll have your hospital meals, but pack some snacks like granola bars, crackers or trail mix, too.
  • Toiletries –Small bag with your toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, hair ties, deodorant, and travel-sized lotion, shampoo, and conditioner.


Nice to have with you but are not essential:
  • Cozy blanket
  • Tablet to connect to your favorite streaming movies
  • Whatever items make you comfortable and happy

Things You Do Not Need

We provide you with a gown, panties, pads, diapers, wipes, and formula.


Cameras and video recorders are allowed in the labor and delivery room. However, recording and photographing of procedures, including the delivery of the newborn is not allowed. Still photos may be taken of the newborn when brought to mom.

In the Labor and Delivery Operating Room, only still cameras are allowed - no video cameras.