Packing Your Bag

Once you have reached the final month of pregnancy, we advise you to have a bag packed and ready for the big day. You need to decide what to pack for yourself and your baby. Please remember that there is limited space available on the wards, so pack lightly. Some women have a bag for labour and birth and another bag for their stay in hospital after birth. Remember that if you forget anything, your partner can get it for you at one of the shops nearby.

If you have your own healthcare record at home, please keep it with your bag and do not forget to bring it with you when you are coming into the hospital.

Bag for your Labour and Birth

  • Loose fitting nightdress or an old long t-shirt;
  • Disposable underwear;
  • Warm socks, slippers and a light dressing gown;
  • Hair bobbins and brush;
  • Wash bag with toiletries – shower gel, sponge, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant and so on;
  • Maternity sanitary pads;
  • Large, dark-coloured towel;
  • Fresh night clothes to wear after the birth, (ideally front opening for breastfeeding) and a nursing bra;
  • Babygro, vest, cardigan and baby hat and nappies for baby;
  • List of phone numbers of family and friends;
  • Camera and batteries;
  • Money for parking meters.

Mobile phones must be switched off in the delivery suite as they may interfere with essential monitoring equipment.

Bag for your stay in hospital

For mother
  • Fresh pyjamas/nightdress for every day
  • Disposable underwear
  • Maternity sanitary pads
  • Bras and breast pads
  • Panties
  • Wash bag with toiletries
  • Large, dark-coloured bath towel
  • Loose-fitting clothes for going home
For baby
  • Babygros or sleep suits
  • Nappies
  • Vests
  • Cardigan
  • Cotton wool
  • Bath towel
  • Baby hats and bibs
  • Outfit for going home

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