Your birth centre stay may only be for one or two days. Bring your own comfortable clothes and supplies. Even your baby can start life in their own clothes!
Alberta Personal Health Care card and other insurance cards (for example, Blue Cross)
Hospital admission card, if available
Housecoat, slippers, 2 nightgowns, pajamas or sweatsuit
5 to 6 panties and 2 bras (nursing bras if breastfeeding)
Toiletries including toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, tissue, shampoo, 1 package of long maxi sanitary pads
Loose-fitting clothing to wear home (for example, maternity clothing)
Your copy of Healthy Parents, Healthy Children
3 to 4 receiving blankets
3 to 4 undershirts
4 sleepers or nighties
1 package of infant diapers
Hat or toque
1 warm blanket
Laundry bag, or plastic bag for dirty clothing
Baby clothes for going home: T-shirt, outfit, hat, receiving blanket, outer blanket
Approved car seat
Labour and support items
You may want to bring items to help you during labour and birth. Here are some suggestions:
Drinks, juice, popsicles for mom and partner
Lip balm, mouth spray, mints or hard candies to suck on
Focal point, like a picture
Massage tools, like tennis balls or frozen rolling pins
Massage oil or lotion
Snacks for mom and partner(s)
Warm socks for mom
Camera (please ask permission from caregivers before taking their picture)
List of comfort techniques from prenatal classes or Healthy Parents, Healthy Children.
You may also want to make a list of other items you may want to bring.
Reprinted with permission from Perinatal Education, Birth & Babies, Alberta Health Services. Perinatal Education offers over 30 different courses for expectant and new families. For more information about pregnancy and to view the course calendar, visit www.birthandbabies.com.
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