Hospital / Birthing Center Checklist

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•  A watch with a second hand. This will help you time your contractions.

•  Hard candies or lollipops. These will help keep your mouth moist.

•  Lip balm. This will keep your lips moist.

•  A small paper bag. This will help if you hyperventilate. You or your coach should let your health care provider know if you hyperventilate during labor.

•  Warm socks

•  Hair tie. This is helpful if you have long hair.

•  Mouthwash. You might need this to freshen your mouth.

Your Coach Needs to Pack

•  Hand-held massager and lotions to massage you with

•  Hairbrush. Your coach can soothe you by brushing your hair.

•  Snacks

•  Phone numbers of the people you want called after the baby is born

•  Tape player and tapes or a radio. Music could help you relax during labor.

•  Camera, tape recorder, video camera. These may or may not be allowed. You may or may not want to use them.

What to Pack For After Delivery

•  Nightgown(s). If you plan to nurse, take nightgowns that open in the front.

•  Underpants, nursing bras, and nursing pads

•  Robe or bed jacket

•  Slippers

•  Toothbrush and toothpaste

•  Comb, barrettes, hair bands, and other items you use for your hair

•  Shampoo

•  Soap in a soap dish or plastic bag

•  Skin lotion

•  Deodorant

•  Makeup, perfume, powder

•  Hand held mirror

•  Any other toilet items you use

•  Sanitary napkins

•  Clothes to wear home. Maternity clothes will still fit best.

•  Pen and paper

•  Address book with phone numbers for people you may want to call.

•  Enough money to pay for small hospital services. Examples: TV, newborn pictures, newspapers, and magazines.

•  Snacks like fresh fruit, dried fruit, and whole wheat crackers. You’ll be doubly glad to have snacks around if you are nursing.

For Taking the Baby Home:

•  An outfit of clothes. Example: an undershirt, a one-piece sleeper with legs, and a newborn diaper.

•  Outer wear. Example: a cap, booties, receiving blanket(s), and a warm blanket if the weather is cold.

•  An approved infant car seat. Do you already have one? If not, ask the hospital or birthing center where you can borrow or rent one.

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