You have a lot to prepare for in advance of your delivery date.
Things to Do Before Delivery
The following list includes things that should be done before delivery and before you bring your new baby home.
1. Know when to go to the hospital.
2. Be pre-registered at the hospital where you plan to give birth.
3. Have your preferences for labor and delivery (fill out Your Plan for Childbirth PDF).
4. Know day and night phone numbers for your health care provider’s office and the labor and delivery unit.
5. Have transportation to the hospital.
6. Know where to go when you get to the hospital (including the after-hours entrance).
LET’S TALK ABOUT WHEN TO PACK YOUR HOSPITAL BAG
Now’s the time to gather together all the essentials you’ll need during labour and birth and for after your baby is born. Have a bag packed by the time you are about 36 weeks pregnant.
Hospitals vary in their policies about what you are allowed to bring with you when you have your baby. You may want to take a few items from home, such as your own pillows, to make the environment more personal. But be aware that hospitals can be short on space.
If you want, pack two bags: one for labour and the hours immediately after your baby is born, and another for a stay on the postnatal ward.
If you’re driving to hospital, you could leave the second bag in the car.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR LABOUR
1. Your birth plan and maternity notes.
2. Dressing gown. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour. You’ll also need one on the postnatal ward. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better. A dark colour or a busy pattern will help to hide any stains.
3. Backless slip-on slippers, that are easy to get on and off.
4. Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
5. Old nightdress or T-shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy.
6. Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour.
7. Lip balm. Your lips can dry out quickly on a warm labour ward.
8. Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, or a tablet computer.
9. Hairbands or a clip. If you have long hair, you may want it tied up.
10. Music. Take your MP3 player or a CD player and some CDs. Some hospitals provide their own CD players, but check first.
AFTER BIRTH BAG PACK
1. A going-home outfit. You’ll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you’re in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your tummy to go down, so you’ll probably still need your maternity clothes when you get home.
2. Handouts about how to get breastfeeding started, which you received at your antenatal classes. If you have a contact card for a breastfeeding counsellor or specialist, take that with you too.
3. A Nursing bras. Bring two or three.
4. Maternity pads. Bring a couple of packs.
5. Nightshirt or T-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.
6. Toiletries. Decant these into smaller bottles, or buy travel versions, to save on space in the postnatal ward. You may sweat more after birth, so take a deodorant.
Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.
7. Old or cheap knickers, or disposable knickers. Don’t bring your best ones as they will get messy. Big cotton knickers can be useful if you end up having a caesarean, as they won’t rub your wound.
8. Eye mask and earplugs, to help you sleep on a brightly lit, noisy ward.
WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR MY BABY
1. Two or three sleepsuits and vests.
2. Baby blanket. Although hospitals are very warm, your baby may need a blanket if it’s chilly outside when you leave.
3.Nappies. Your newborn will go through as many as 12 in a day.
4. Two pair of socks or booties.
6. One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).
7. Baby car seat. Some hospitals won’t let you leave by car without one.
its very important not to go over board with your hospital bag pack. !