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Plan ahead: Have all items available and packed four to six weeks before due date.
(Expect a two to three day hospital stay, depending on whether you have a vaginal birth or a Cesarean birth)

For the mother and her coach

  • Lip balm
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Washcloth
  • Mother’s eyeglasses (case for contact lenses)
  • Warm socks
  • Hairbrush
  • Rubber band/barrette for long hair
  • Pad and pencil
  • Music (soothing tapes)
  • Focal point (photograph, stuffed animal, etc.)
  • Diversions for mother and coach: cards, light reading material, games, videotapes
  • Lotion, massage oil, baby powder for massage
  • Notes from childbirth class / birth plan
  • List of phone numbers (physicians, relatives and friends)
  • Camera/film/video camera
  • Light snack for coach
  • Any other items which might make you feel comfortable and at home in the hospital
  • Two to three nightgowns (front-opening if breastfeeding)
  • Robe
  • Slippers
  • Two to three nursing bras
  • Three to four pairs of underwear
  • Cosmetics/toiletries/shampoo
  • Loose-fitting outfit to wear home
  • Stationery/thank you notes

For the baby

  • Infant outfit to go home in
  • Car seat properly secured in back seat of car (rear-facing)
  • Light blanket for cool weather