What to bring to the hospital

Here are some tips on what’s useful to bring for labor and delivery, and afterward, too. Please leave your valuables, such as expensive jewelry, at home.

For mom

  • A few copies of your care plan, if you’ve chosen to write one.
  • Photo I.D. for checking in and out of the hospital.
  • Anything that might help you to relax and focus: your favorite music, a meaningful photo or object or massage oil. For everyone’s safety, lit candles are not permitted.
  • Eyeglasses and/or contact lenses, if you wear them.
  • Warm socks or slippers and shower shoes.
  • Lip balm, toothbrush and toothpaste, and any other toiletries you might want for a one- to three-day stay.
  • All Providence birth centers have free wireless, so bring a laptop or tablet so you can share updates with eagerly awaiting friends and family.


For your birth partner

  • A change of clothes, toiletries and cash for snacks and meals.
  • A camera and/or video camera.


After delivery

  • A nightgown or robe and undergarments, if you’d rather wear your own instead of what we provide. Keep in mind there will be some bleeding post-delivery, so you might not want to bring your finest or most delicate items.
  • A maternity outfit to wear home. It will take a while to get back to your pre-pregnancy form, and you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible.
  • Nursing bra, if Mom is planning to breastfeed.
  • Toiletries and cosmetics.
  • Contact information for everyone who wants to hear the good news.
  • Notepad and pencil, for jotting down information or questions.


For baby

  • A newborn-size outfit to wear home, including a hat. We’ll provide diapers for baby to wear during the stay. Dress your baby slightly warmer than you’d want to be yourself. When choosing the outfit, remember that the baby still will have his or her umbilical cord stump attached for several days, and will need to have his or her legs free to be strapped into her car seat for the trip home.
  • Receiving blankets, socks or booties, and newborn mittens if you’re worried about baby scratching himself or herself.
  • Some moms bring their nursing pillows with them, although we have plenty of pillows for you to use, too.


An approved infant car seat for the journey home —state law requires it. Make sure to install it properly before you head to the hospital, and that you know how to use it correctly.