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

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

  • Insurance information

  • Lollipops or sucking candies

  • Any device with the ability to play music

  • Change for parking, or vending machines

  • Cell phone