Labor Checklist

Mother’s List of Items for Labor:

  • Lip balm

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Gown and robe (if she prefers them to hospital clothes)

  • Shower cap

  • Plastic Container that can be frozen with ice or cold soft-drink can – for pressure and cold on lower back

  • Warm socks and slippers

  • Hair ties or “scrunchies”

  • Tapes or CDs of favorite relaxing music, and tape or CD player

  • Personal focal point (pictures of anything, flowers) to focus on during contractions

  • Favorite juice, Popsicles, electrolyte-balanced beverage (such as Gatorade), or Rite-Aid Pediatric Electrolyte pops (this brand does NOT have aspartame, like Pedialyte Pops) in a cooler

  • Fan (small, hand-held, battery operated is best)

  • Pillows from home (use brightly colored cases to distinguish from your birth place’s linens)

  • Cornstarch or unscented oil for massage

Birth partner’s list (if using one):

  • Copy of the Birth Plan

  • Watch with second hand

  • Grooming supplies (toothbrush, breath freshener, deodorant, shaver)

  • Food for snacks, such as sandwiches, fruit, cheese and crackers, beverages (consider beforehand what they will do to your breath)

  • Sweater

  • Change of clothes

  • Swimsuit so you can accompany the mother in the shower

  • Paper and pencil

  • Reading materials, or handwork for slow times when the mother does not need your help

  • Phone numbers of people to call during or after labor

  • Change or credit card for pay phone

  • Camera with film and batteries (still or video)

  • Extra film or videotape

  • Baby book for getting the footprints done by the nurse when she does the paperwork

For the mother’s use during the postpartum period:(note:  this should be packed separately and brought into the hospital on the day of discharge – this does not belong in the labor room)

  • Gowns that open in front for breastfeeding, (unless she prefers hospital gowns)

  • Robe and slippers

  • Cosmetics, toilet articles

  • Witch Hazel for perineal care

  • Tasty snack foods, such as fruit, nuts, cheese and crackers – her favorite treats

  • Nursing bras

  • Reading and writing materials, address book, birth announcements

  • Money for incidentals

  • Going-home clothing (you will still be about 5-6 months pregnant-looking)

  • Waterproof pads for the car ride

For the baby: (note:  this should be packed separately and brought into the hospital on the day of discharge – this does not belong in the labor room)

  • Car seat (this should be correctly installed in the car prior to the due date)

  • Receiving blanket for baby

  • Outside blanket, bunting, booties and cap for baby

  • Going home outfit (nightgown or stretch suit)

  • Undershirt

  • Diapers