Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hospital check list

Ladies often ask what they should bring with them when to go in to hospital.  This list is a guide and if there is something that you think should be added to make your stay more comfortable, please feel free to contact us.


  • Birth Plan
  • Your maternity notes
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers/Socks (your feet can get cold)
  • Toiletries (hairbrush, toothbrush and paste)
  • 1-2 old baggy t shirts to wear or nighties/pyjamas
  • Massage oil
  • Lip Balm (your lips can get quite dry in labour,e specially if using entonox)
  • Snacks and drinks for you (eg.Sports drink/glucose lollies, muesli bars, bananas)
  • Snacks and drinks for your partner
  • Small amount of cash (there is a locked drawer available on the postnatal ward for your use at Whangarei hospital but please do not bring in large amounts of cash)
  • Hair ties
  • Music eg. iPod or MP3 player
  • Watch
  • Camera or video camera (dont forget batteries and charger)
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Arnica/Rescue remedy
  • Pillow or blanket from  home

  • 2 -3 Feeding bras (buy these later in your pregnancy because your body changes very rapidly)
  • 2-3 packs of maternity sanitary pads (tampons are unsuitable) for when you go home.  While you are in hospital these will be provided.
  • Breast pads. - Your milk will come in on day 3 and there will be leakage, so they are for your comfort
  • Front opening shirts, this is to make it easier when breastfeeding your baby
  • Granny undies - in case you have a caesarean section (more comfortable than bikini undies)
  • Comfortable undies
  • Comfy loose outfit and shoes to wear home

  • Car seat for going home
  • 2-4 baby grows and singlets to wear in hospital
  • Light blankets (depending on summer of winter) or muslin wraps x 2
  • Hat, booties, wrap and blanket for the trip home.

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