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What to pack for the hospital

For Mom

  • newborn footprintsYour insurance card or medical card (required at admission desk)
  • Childbirth class book and booklets from prenatal classes
  • Copies of your birth plan
  • Relaxation music
  • Lip balm
  • Massage oil or lotion
  • Camera, extra batteries
  • List of people to notify of baby’s birth
  • Cell phone (you are allowed to use this in the Women and Infants Center area)
  • Baby book (for footprints, guest signatures)
  • Robe, socks, slippers, nightgown
  • Bras: If breast feeding - 2 nursing bras; if formula feeding - well-fitted maternity or sports bra
  • Your breast pump if you already have one from your insurance company
  • Shampoo, conditioner, comb/brush, other hair care items
  • Deodorant, lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Clothes and shoes to wear home (a loose outfit that you could wear at five months pregnant)
  • Items to entertain your other children (DVDs, games, books)
  • Copies of your Living Will and/or Power of Attorney, if you have them

For your partner/coach

  • Change of clothing
  • Snacks
  • Change for vending machines

For baby

  • Clothes for hospital baby photo and/or for going home
  • Socks or booties
  • Hat or cap if desired
  • Infant car seat (Illinois law requires your baby to use one)
  • Three receiving blankets (for use in car seat)
  • One heavy blanket (to cover car seat)
  • If formula feeding: a pacifier, if you plan to use (hospital does not provide any)

During your stay with us the hospital will provide

  • Blow dryer
  • Hospital gowns
  • Disposable panties and sanitary pads
  • Baby gowns and blankets (will need your own for home)
  • Enough disposable diapers for your hospital stay (have a supply ready at home)
  • If formula feeding: ready to use bottles of formula (you will need your own supply for home)