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The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

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  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Packing your hospital bag for labor and delivery

Published in Birthing Services, For the Health of It Author: Melissa Bruns, BSN, RN, RNC-OB, IBCLC

You painted the nursery, washed the baby clothes and completed the childbirth class; now it is time to pack your hospital bag for the labor, delivery and hospital stay. We recommend you have your bag packed by week 36 — just in case baby decides to make an early arrival.

For mom

  • Bring a photo ID and insurance information
  • A copy of your birth plan and your preferences
  • Anything that makes you comfortable (favorite music, cotton socks or slippers, pillow, T-shirt, yoga pants, robe, aromatherapy (but please leave diffusers at home), etc.
  • Snacks
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Personal care items
    • Lip balm
    • Contact lens case, solution and eyeglasses
    • Shampoo and shower gel
    • Lotion
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Comb, brush, hair ties
    • Deodorant
    • Makeup, if desired
  • Supportive nursing bra (one without an underwire is recommended), tank top or pajamas
  • Nursing pillow
  • Nursing pads
  • Loose, comfortable outfit for going home (think early pregnancy size and you may need a full cup size larger than before you were pregnant)
  • The hospital provides gowns, bathrobes, sanitary pads and disposable stretch panties for your stay.
  • Leave valuables (purse and wallet) at home
  • Remove all body piercings and jewelry including earrings before coming to the hospital

For the partner/labor support person

  • Bring a photo ID
  • Comfortable clothes (T-shirt, sweatshirt, extra set of clothes, if spending the night)
  • Snacks
  • Small amount of money
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Camera and/or video recorder, batteries and chargers
  • Laptop and cord, if desired
  • Leave valuables (purses and wallets) at home
  • Special gift for older siblings who will be visiting after the birth, if desired
  • Personal care items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

For baby

  • Car seat. Learn how to use and install the seat in your vehicle before coming to the hospital. We recommend you make an appointment with a certified technician to check the safety and fit of the seat in your vehicle.
  • Baby book (for footprints)
  • Hat and blanket for going home
  • Special outfit for hospital photo, if desired
  • “Going home” outfit
  • The hospital provides everything your baby needs during your stay (diapers, T-shirts, blankets). At discharge you may take your baby’s crib cards, comb, bulb syringe and any remaining diapers.