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Labor & Delivery

What to Pack for the Hospital

To prepare for your baby’s birth, pack your hospital bags when you reach your 36th week of pregnancy so you’re ready to go when the big day comes. The following guidelines will help you prepare the right items to bring with you to the hospital for your new baby, your support person and yourself.

And because you’ll need some items as soon as you return home, it’s also helpful to stock your home with some items beforehand, including:

  • Sanitary napkins
  • Nursing pads
  • Newborn diapers

Maternity Items Adventist HealthCare Provides

To help your birth experience go as smoothly as possible, you’ll receive several maternity items from Adventist HealthCare for your hospital stay, including:

  • Hospital gown
  • Nursing gown
  • Maternity underwear
  • Non-slip socks
  • Maternity pads
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby T-shirts and blankets

What to Pack for Yourself

For safekeeping, please leave all jewelry and valuables at home. But make sure to pack these essentials for yourself:

  • Primary identification, such as a driver’s license, and insurance card
  • Loose-fitting clothing and pajamas if you’d like to wear something other than a hospital gown after your baby’s birth
  • Robe
  • Rubber-soled slippers
  • Nursing bra
  • Toiletry items, such as a toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant and makeup (body wash, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush provided, if needed)
  • Hair tie or headband to hold your hair back (clips are OK but may poke you if you lay your head down)
  • Eyeglasses and contact lenses (including case and solution), if needed
  • Lip moisturizer
  • Loose-fitting outfit to wear home, sized for when you were approximately six-months pregnant
  • Relaxation tools, such as music, focal-point items, reading materials, a small ball to use for counter pressure, and your own bed pillows
  • Birth plan, if desired
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Camera (or smartphone)

What to Pack for Your Baby

Don’t forget to pack all the things your little one will need once he or she is born.

  • Seasonally appropriate clothing and blankets for the trip home
  • Outfit for his or her official newborn photo
  • Pediatrician’s name and address
  • Properly installed infant car seat

What to Pack for Your Support Person

Make sure your support person also packs some birthing-day essentials, particularly if he or she will stay overnight with you in the room.

  • Pajamas
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Toiletry items, such as a toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant and makeup (body wash, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush provided, if needed)
  • Non-alcoholic beverages and non-perishable snacks in case he or she gets hungry during labor
  • Cash or credit card to use at the coffee kiosk, in the cafeteria, at vending machines and the gift shop, and for parking

Free Birth Consultations

Discuss your birth plan, upcoming delivery and hospital stay one-on-one with a compassionate Shady Grove Medical Center birth advisor.

Maternity Pre-Registration

Avoid extra paperwork when you arrive at your Adventist HealthCare birth center. Pre-register for your hospital stay.

Select Birth Center & Pre-register

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