What To Pack For Childbirth

January 6, 2023By 0

It is a good idea to have your bag packed at least a month before your baby is due. Below is a list of suggested items to bring to hospital. Try to limit your luggage to what will fit in an overnight bag.


  • Maternity handheld record.
  • Medicare card.
  • Birth preferences or plan (if you have one). Please aim to discuss and record your individual wishes as part of your birth plan during your pregnancy.

For yourself

  • Loose and comfortable clothing to wear during labour.
  • A few changes of comfortable day clothes and sleepwear.
  • Maternity bras and comfortable underwear (several pairs).
  • Maternity sanitary pads x 2 packets.
  • Toiletries (shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste etc).
  • Any medications that you regularly take.
  • A black pen to fill in baby’s feeding chart.
  • Mobile phone and charger.

Do not bring valuables – the hospital is not responsible for any lost valuables.

For your baby

  • Newborn disposable nappies (1-2 packets) and baby wipes.
  • Clothing for the baby to wear in hospital e.g. onesies and singlets.
  • A ‘going home’ outfit for baby and baby blanket.
  • Any frozen expressed breastmilk – please ensure this is labelled and is given to the midwives on arrival to be stored in the freezer.
  • Baby capsule already fitted in your car. We cannot check your car seat prior to discharge. 

For labour

  • We encourage you to wear your own comfortable clothes or nightdress.
  • Anything you need to make your stay more comfortable, e.g. favourite pillow, music (you will need to bring your own device to play music), magazines, camera.
  • Snacks and drinks for yourself and support person.
  • A wheat heat pack (no hot water bottles permitted).
  • Massage and aromatherapy oils (no candles permitted).
  • A wide neck drink bottle for iced water in labour.
  • A mirror and sieve if planning to birth in water.

Source: canberrahealthservices