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We advise packing a bag well in advance of your due date. Ensure that your birth partner is aware of what is in the bag ahead of time. Here is a suggested list of items:

  • Loose and comfortable clothes or nightshirts to wear during labour: it shouldn’t restrict you from moving around or make you too hot
  • Comfortable and supportive bras, including nursing bras
  • Maternity sanitary pads
  • Toiletries
  • Bath towel
  • Your own pillow for extra support
  • Books, magazines or music
  • Sponge or water spray to cool you down
  • Front-opening nighties
  • Dressing gown and slippers
  • Plenty of comfortable underwear
  • Clothes (including a hat) and nappies for the baby
  • Baby blanket
  • Some snacks for you and your birth partner. Please note that meals are provided for patients only. Birth partners will be asked to provide their own food.