Hospital Packing List for Your Delivery

packing hospital bag

Dr. Morice’s tubal reversal patients often ask for a packing list when preparing for labor. Many men and women aren’t sure what they should and shouldn’t bring to make their delivery the most comfortable. We’ve come across a lot of packing lists on the internet and wanted to offer Dr. Morice’s moms-to-be a no-fuss, all-inclusive list.

Pack a duffel bag with the items below at least 3 weeks before your due date. You never know when labor will start, and it’s important to be prepared when it does!


- Insurance information and identification

- Birth plan

- 1-2 Maternity bras with nursing pads

- Lip Balm

- Toothbrush and toothpaste

- Hairbrush

- Hair elastics and a headband (it’s best to avoid bobby pins and other clips during labor because they can poke you)

- Eyeglasses and/or contacts and contact solution (Some patients report glasses being a pain when going through labor, so bring both if you have them.)

-  Change and small bills for the vending machine

- Cell phone and charger

-  Camera or video camera and charger

-  A fresh going home outfit (6 month maternity pants and a loose fitting top are best)

- Receiving blanket and outfit for your baby’s trip home (And a thick, warm blanket if it’s cold outside!)

- A car seat installed and ready to go

- A change of clothes and toiletries for your partner


- A warm sweater or robe that you don’t mind getting ruined (These are good for walking around. It can get chilly in the hospital!)

- Photos of your current children to help you get through the process

- Bath towels for you and your partner if showers are available (The hospital will provide towels but they are often thin.)

- Your favorite soap and toiletries for the shower

-  Slippers or non-slip socks (These are nice to have if you want to walk around during labor.)

-  Magazines or other light and fun reading material (to keep you distracted while you’re waiting for labor to begin)

- Snacks

- Sandals for the shower

- A journal

- Your baby’s book (The nurses will sometimes stamp your baby’s feet in the book if you ask)

- Headphones and an mp3 player so you can listen to music if you like

- A small nail file (Your baby’s nails may be long at birth, making it easy for them to scratch themself. Not all hospitals provide these so it’s good to bring your own just in case.)

- A couple changes of clothes (Some women end up staying longer than expected in the hospital. It’s nice to be able to change and feel fresh if this happens!)

- Loose fitting, stretchy, dark colored underwear (the hospital provides disposable underwear but you may find it uncomfortable. Buy some dark colored, cheap underwear for the days after delivery.  Some of our patients even recommend men’s underwear as the most comfortable.)

Dr. Morice is a skilled OB/GYN in Morgan City, Louisiana. He also specializes in low cost tubal reversal surgeries. His tubal reversal surgeries have a high success rate. Please call us at (985) 702-BABY or email us at to learn more about tubal ligation reversal or make an appointment.

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