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So what DO we bring to the hospital??


You’ve seen the lists. They’re in books, magazines, on-line – they’re everywhere. The trouble is, which to use?

Here are some “BEST  Picks” for Labor and Delivery”

  • Film or Digital Camera (can be of the disposable variety even).bringDon’t forget batteries!!! Remember…our hospital has a policy of no videos for the birth.


bringBreath Mints and/or Chewing Gum. You ARE going to need them 🙂


    • Socks or Slippers with Treads. The hospital socks can be itchy and ill-fitting.
    • Phone Book (written or digital) of those you’d like to share the good news with.
    • Pillows are debatable. The “lists” say to bring your fave. . If you’re set on it, bring one you can part with at the end of it all. Also make sure it is a bright color not white…You may want a warm throw that feels warm and cozy, too.
    • Decks of Cards – Uno and/or Standard.
    • Chargers! Cell phone, PDA, Camera  bring
    • Rice Sock – this is very cool. Take a big men’s sweat sock and fill it 2/3rds with rice. Knot the open end. When you encounter back pains in labor (or even while pregnant) just microwave the sock for no more than 2 minutes and presto, it fits nicely in the curve of your back.
    • Music – another source of debate. Some people come with the boom box bigger than the bed and their whole CD collection. I suggest an iPod or Walkman. The rooms do have cd players and sometimes a music mix is in them.
    • Birth ball…You can bring your own…yet the hospital does have a big red one!

    The number one rule of all is, if it doesn’t all fit in one medium suitcase (like the 14″ x 24″ model) you don’t need it. And guess what? Other people can fetch you things at your command. They have gift shops and cafeterias. People “from the outside” may be summoned to bring you things as well.

    If you over pack, you and your mate are responsible for getting “camp” moved to the post partum floor. And those rooms are small in comparison to the room you just had your baby in.


    Trust me.

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