Hospital Birth Supplies

** Mother’s Health Card

  •  2 pillows in distinctive cases
  • 6-8 pairs of cotton panties
  • 1 small unopened bottle of olive oil (for perineum during birth)
  • 1 large package of heavy flow or long “Overnight” sanitary pads (without special surface, e.g. not Always brand)
  • 1 package of newborn diapers & a package of wipes
  • Soap and other toiletries
  • A box or several purse packets of Kleenex
  • Drinks, e.g.: juices, Gatorade, bottles of water for drinking
  • Food for the mother and partner
  • Hospital birth package from midwifery clinic at 36 weeks
  • Slippers, flip flops or sandals
  • Regular or extra strength ibuprofen
  • Regular or extra strength acetaminophen
  • Refillable water bottle for perineal comfort
  • Gravol 50mg

Optional Birth Items

  •  Large, comfortable T- Shirt or nightie for labour
  •  Hot water bottle
  •  1 large towel
  • Warm socks (2 pairs)
  • Pen and papers
  • Deck of cards or other early labour activities
  • Camera and film
  • Music: Battery operated tape/CD player
  • Change for vending machines
  • Disposable underwear
  • Oral arnica

Going Home Items

  • Car seat
  • Baby hat & blankets
  • Outfit for mother and baby to go home

Packing Instructions

It may be useful when packing for the hospital to organize things into two bags. One bag with items for the mother to use in labour. The other one for things to use after the birth (e.g. baby items). You can leave the second bag in the care with the car seat. After the birth, the second bag and the car seat can be brought in.

If Planning to Circumcise

  • Please bring Vaseline in a tube and Sterile Gauze (2”x2”)