What to Bring to Hospital

Labour kit

  • 2 pillows with colourful pillow cases
  • 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of slippers
  • Housecoat
  • Comb, brush, hair pins, hair ties
  • Labour log, pen and notebook
  • Lip balm, gum, suckers
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash
  • Comfortable clothing to wear in labour, 2 t-shirts (large) and stretch pants
  • Books, cards, magazines
  • Snack for support person during labour
  • Watch/stopwatch to time contractions
  • Portable music device
  • Massage cream
  • Tissues
  • Rolling pin, tennis balls, hot/cold packs for back pain
  • Focal point – picture, toy
  • Camera
  • Cord blood banking kit (if registered in program)

Medication reconciliation

Bring a list of the medications that you take including the dosage and how often you take the medications. Remember to include all herbal and over-the-counter medications.

Cellular phone

Birthing Suites – may use outside of patient care unit
Mother and Baby Unit – may use cellular phones 

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Postpartum kit

Leave your suitcase in your car and bring it to the Mother and Baby Unit after the baby’s birth.


  • Pen and paper
  • A watch
  • 3-4 nightgowns with front closure for breastfeeding
  • Slippers or other appropriate footwear
  • 6-8 pairs of cotton underwear (thongs are not suitable)
  • 1-2 bras (nursing bras if you’re planning on breastfeeding
  • 1 large package of heavy flow feminine pads
  • Personal toiletry items
  • Breast pads
  • 3-4 sleepers for the baby
  • 1 package of newborn diapers
  • 1 package of baby wipes
  • A box or several soft purse-size packets of facial tissue
  • Clothing for you and the baby to wear home
  • • please bring clothing appropriate for the time of year
  • • no “knitted” mittens or booties
  • Safety approved rear-facing car seat
  • 1 large refillable water bottle
  • Vaseline in a tube


  • Housecoat
  • Street clothes (if you wish for daytime)
  • Camera/video camera

Please do not wear or bring expensive jewellery to the hospital. Please leave electrical appliances at home.