What to Pack for the Birth Center

Get ready for your stay at an Adventist HealthCare Birth Center.

When Should I Start Packing?

When you reach your 36th week of pregnancy, pack your bags so you’re ready when you go into labor.

Packing List

Make your delivery experience go smoothly by packing certain items for yourself, your support person and your new baby.

What You’ll Need

Bring things you may want during labor and your stay at the Birth Center:

  • Camera and/or cell phone with charger(s)
  • Eyeglasses and contact lens supplies, if needed
  • Headbands or hair ties
  • Lip balm
  • Loose-fitting clothing, pajamas and a robe
  • Medications
  • Nursing bra
  • Primary identification, such as a driver’s license, and insurance card
  • Records from your latest prenatal care appointment, if you have them
  • Slippers with rubber soles
  • Toiletry items, such as deodorant, shampoo and toothbrush

You may also want to pack things that help you relax or feel more comfortable, such as music, focal-point items, reading materials, a small ball to use for counter pressure and pillows.

What Your Support Person Should Pack

Your partner, family member or friend should bring:

  • Cash or credit card to pay for coffee, snacks, gifts and parking
  • Change of clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Medications
  • Pajamas
  • Snacks (nonperishable) and/or beverages (nonalcoholic)
  • Toiletry items, such as deodorant, shampoo and toothbrush

What to Take for Baby

You should have the following:

  • Pediatrician’s name and contact information
  • Seasonally appropriate clothing and blankets for the trip home
  • Properly installed infant car seat

What to Leave at Home

Keep jewelry and other valuables at home.

What Adventist HealthCare Provides

At the Birth Center, you’ll receive several maternity items, including:

  • Hospital and nursing gowns, which are loose pieces of clothing to wear for delivery, after childbirth and to breastfeed
  • Maternity pads, which are larger, softer and more absorbent than regular sanitary pads
  • Maternity underwear
  • Non-slip socks
  • Toiletries (body wash, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush provided, if needed)

Baby Supplies

Rely on our staff to provide baby wipes, diapers, formula, onesies and blankets for your newborn.

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