maternity care

Checklist: Preparing for Your Hospital Stay

After months of pregnancy, your baby’s arrival can seem sudden and hectic. Start gathering these items a few weeks before your due date so you’ll be ready when it’s time to go to the hospital.

For your arrival at the hospital:

  • Your photo identification (such as driver’s license or ID card)
  • Your insurance card
  • Your prenatal record(s)

For your labor:

  • A focal point, such as a favorite photo or a stuffed animal
  • Favorite music with portable player
  • Lotion or oil for massage
  • Chapstick/lip balm
  • Deck of cards, magazine, book, tablet device
  • Phone charger
  • Nutritious drinks and snacks for partner (vending machine is also available)
  • Vibrating pillow or massager
  • Pillows
  • Paper and pen
  • Camera/video (Note: Videos during birth are not allowed)

For postpartum (your hospital stay after delivery)

  • Comfortable clothes for after delivery (comfy and baggy)
  • Nursing gown
  • Nursing bras
  • Boppy pillow
  • Eyeglasses, contact lenses
  • Hair ties, hair care, cosmetics, mouthwash, toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Baby book
  • Birth announcements

For going home:

  • Loose-fitting, comfortable going-home outfit for mom (such as leggings)
  • Going-home outfit and blanket for baby
  • Car seat
  • Car seat cover (optional)

Download a PDF of this checklist so you can print it.