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What to Bring

Packing a bag in advance will help you get out the door quickly and easily when you are actively in labor. Some items to consider when packing your bag:

  • Comfortable clothes for you, your birth partner and a going-home outfit for your new baby. Consider packing a robe, slippers or socks to make you feel more comfortable while you are recovering. Pack a nursing bra if you plan to breastfeed.
  • Toiletries. Pack shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, hairbrush, lotions, hair ties or hair clips, lip-balm, make-up, etc. Pack toiletries for your birthing partner, too.
  • Don’t forget the camera, along with extra batteries, chargers for your phones, or a docking station. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the hospital.
  • Feel free to pack snacks. You are welcome to bring a small cooler to keep in your room. We offer a full service cafeteria and a Greenberry’s coffee shop in the lobby.
  • An item to use for focus during labor.
  • A list of medications and vitamins you are currently taking.
  • Your valid state ID, your insurance card, any hospital paperwork or documentation you will need.
  • If you plan to use a doula make sure to have their contact information
  • A car seat and appropriate outer wear for the baby to wear when leaving the hospital.