Whether you’re an expectant mother or her support person, you may be wondering what to pack for the trip to the hospital for labor and delivery. It’s a good idea to pack your necessities and extras about a month in advance.
The arrival of your baby can be a chaotic time. Salem Health nurses recommend bringing less than what people typically expect. Stick to the essentials on this list to be prepared but not overwhelmed.
Many moms leave with more than they came with — another reason to leave extra items at home. Friends and family often bring gifts. Salem Health will also have some items to send home with you, including a personalized diaper bag, a memento newborn t-shirt, water bottles for mom and support person and two celebratory wine glasses with a bottle of Martinelli’s sparkling cider.
Meals for mom and a support person are provided by Salem Health after your baby is born, so let us do the cooking! The hospital also provides TVs/DVD players, essential oils for relaxation, post-delivery underwear, baby diapers and breast pumps.If you have other questions about what to bring or expect, visit the Salem Health Family Birth center webpage. You can take a virtual tour and learn about the birthing suites, visitor information and other resources.