Preparing for Delivery at the Hospital

Virtual tour of the Lois Hole Hospital

Before you leave the house for the hospital (contractions 5-6 minutes apart):

  • Make sure you have your prenatal papers
  • Leave all precious jewellery at home
  • Remove all piercings except small earrings
  • If you arranged for cord blood donation, bring the kit to the hospital

Grab your bag which may contain:

  • Hair tie for long hair
  • Lip gloss/balm
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste for you and your partner
  • Warm socks
  • Shorts or swimsuit for partner for shower labour
  • Phone numbers for contacting family and friends
  • Camera (only if mother-to-be agrees)
  • Relaxation music or focus item for contractions (if applicable)
  • Massage oil/lotion (if applicable)
  • Snacks for partner/support person

Things available at the hospital:

  • Gown, robe, mesh underwear
  • Washcloths, towels
  • Birth ball (on request)
  • Pillows (on request)

For postpartum stay:

Slippers, socks

Sanitary pads if you have a preference – hospital does provide pads

Underwear (if you prefer your own over the mesh underwear)

Nursing bra and nursing pads

Toiletries

Clothes to go home in

Pens for filling out paper work

For baby:

  • Diapers
  • Receiving blankets
  • Warm blanket
  • Onesie undershirts
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Cap and sweater for ride home
  • Approved car seat and manual to properly adjust the harness to the baby according to the guidelines