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What to bring with you

As you approach 36 weeks of pregnancy, we encourage you to start packing a bag ready for you and your baby, regardless of where you are planning to give birth. You will normally stay in hospital from six hours to two days following the birth of your baby — therefore you need only bring enough clothes and other personal items for this length of time. If you stay longer, you can ask friends or relatives to bring extra things for you. Whatever you decide to bring is your personal choice. We have put together some suggestions below.

For you

  • Any hospital notes, a copy of your birth plan and list of contact telephone numbers
  • An old T-shirt for labour or any comfortable clothing (including something to wear in the birthing pool if you wish)
  • Pair of socks for labour
  • Personal items—toiletries, tissues, tennis ball or wooden massager, massage oils, pillow, water spray, lip salve
  • Toiletries including soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and lip balm
  • Hair bands or clips for long hair
  • Energy tablets
  • Snacks, magazines, newspapers, puzzle books (for you and your partner)
  • Change for the car park and phones
  • Breast pads
  • Maternity pads and disposable knickers
  • Towel
  • Support bra to wear while breastfeeding
  • Dressing gown, slippers, nightwear
  • Music—CDs or iPod
  • Camera

For your baby

  • Baby grows or gowns — baby grows are the best for warmth and comfort
  • Vests and cardigan
  • Hat
  • Baby bath towel
  • Nappies
  • Cotton wool
  • Baby blanket

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.