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Items for Your Labor, Delivery, and Hospital Stay

Part of the Pregnancy For Dummies Cheat Sheet

During your pregnancy, pack portable items you’ll need for your labor and delivery and hospital stay in a bag and keep it in a handy place or in your car. For your trip to the hospital you’ll need:

  • Your partner/labor coach

  • A bathrobe and nightgown

  • Toiletries

  • Sturdy underwear that you don’t mind soiling with blood

  • A change of clothes to wear home, including comfortable, roomy shoes

  • Baby clothes

  • Infant car seat (your partner can bring this item on the day of discharge)

  • Sanitary napkins (if you don’t want to use the archaic ones that most hospitals provide)

  • A camera

  • Video devices. Please check with your doctor or hospital first. Many facilities don’t permit filming.

  • Telephone numbers of family and friends you may want to call

  • Insurance information

  • Cellphone

  • Lollipops or hard candies

  • MP3/CD player, if you want

  • Change for parking or vending machines

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