What to bring with you

As you approach 36 weeks of pregnancy, we would encourage you to start packing a bag ready for your trip to the maternity unit. Whatever you decide to bring is your personal choice, but we have put together some suggestions below.

For labour

  • Any hospital notes, a copy of your birth plan and list of contact telephone numbers
  • Comfortable clothing (including something to wear in the birthing pool if you wish)
  • Large bath towel
  • Maternity pads and disposable underwear
  • Toiletries including soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and lip balm
  • Hair bands or clips for long hair
  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Refillable water bottle
  • High energy sweets and drinks
  • Other snacks, such as cereal bars or fruit
  • Music – CDs or iPod (we have a docking station)
  • Camera

After delivery

  • Comfortable clothing (including nightwear and a nursing bra)
  • Baby clothes including babygros, vests, scratch mittens, hat, blanket and something warm to go home in
  • Nappies
  • Cotton wool

For partners

  • Comfortable clothing (remember it gets very warm in the unit) and a change of clothes
  • Suitable indoor footwear (flip flops or slippers)
  • Toiletries
  • Meals and snacks (please note only mothers receive free meals in the maternity unit)

Don't forget! If you are travelling by car you will need change for the car park and a car seat for your baby's first journey home. It is better to use the main hospital car park (pay on exit) as you won't know how long you will be here.