The hospital is prepared to meet the needs for both you and your baby, but we recognize that most women are more comfortable with familiar items. Below is a list of recommended items to have packed.
We recommend packing your hospital bag(s) about one month before your due date. Once they’re packed, keep them handy either in your car or near the door, so that you will be ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Please keep in mind that storage within rooms are limited and we must maintain a clear path to ensure safe care for both moms and babies. Most items should fit in 1-2 bags.
Most moms want to pack their own of the following items, but we have them on hand in the event they are needed
For your support person:
For your baby:
What NOT to pack:
The hospital supplies the following for all patients:
Your hospital stay and what to expect will be determined by your care team (you, your provider, and your nursing staff) as well as your condition.
Women who deliver vaginally usually go home in 1-2 days; women who deliver via Cesarean delivery usually go home in 1-3 days.
Discharges for infants are based upon the pediatrician and parent’s discussion and care needed. Generally speaking, mothers and infants discharge the same day. In the event that your infant needs medical care beyond your stay, you will be offered a room to stay in so that you can continue to care for and bond with your baby.
As much as possible, the hospital promotes rooming in; this means that mom and baby should not be separated unless medically necessary. This helps promote bonding and the comfort of new parents to learn how to care for newborns.
During your hospital stay, you will be given information about your delivery and postpartum education as well as education on how to care for yourself and your baby.
We encourage you and your support person to practice caring for your infant while you are in the hospital so that we can answer questions and ensure you feel comfortable going home.
You will see many people throughout your stay: