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It is beneficial to have your bag packed and ready to take to the hospital several weeks before your due date, so when labor begins -- you'll be ready!  Below is a list of common items to pack for both mom and baby:

CHECKLIST: Preparing for your hospital stay
During Your First Trimester (wks 1-12)
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Connect with an obstetric care provider and schedule your prenatal care.

During Your Second Trimester (wks 13-28)
___ Complete the St. Mary’s OB Registration Form and return it to the hospital.
___ Sign up now for a Childbirth Class (deancare.com or ghcscw.com).
___ Sign up now for a Hospital OB Tour.
___ Sign up now for free classes (Breastfeeding, Caring For Your Newborn and Postpartum Care).
___ Read the Notice of Privacy Practices and frequently asked questions.
___ Read your Patient Rights and Responsibilities.
___ Read the Conditions of Admission Agreement. You’ll be asked to sign this form when you come to the hospital to deliver.
___ Write down your birth plan and share it with your obstetric care provider at a prenatal appointment.
___ Acquire a car seat.
___ Schedule a car seat check. Call 608-890-8999 for an appointment. Availability is limited, so please call several months in advance to be sure you get in before your delivery day.
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If you are age 18 or over, please consider completing a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care before you’re admitted to the hospital. Click here for details and forms.

When Your Third Trimester Starts (wks 29-40)
___ Return your OB Registration Form to St. Mary’s Hospital (if you haven’t done so already).
___ Pack your bag for your hospital stay.
___ Arrange for transportation to the hospital and transportation for you and baby when you’re ready to go home.
___ Communicate with loved ones regarding your wishes for visitors at the hospital versus at home.
___ Arrange child care if necessary. Children under 12 must be supervised while at the hospital by an adult other than you or your labor coach.
___ Arrange for someone to care for your pet(s) while you’re in the hospital.



CHECKLIST: Preparing for your hospital stay
___ Clothes for mom
___ Robe and slippers
___ Pacifier (not provided by hospital)
___ Toiletries
___ Camera
___ Clothes for baby to wear home
___ Special outfit for baby’s first picture, if desired
___ Baby book, especially if you’d like footprints added
___ Music CDs, especially if you’d like for relaxation during labor
___ DVDs, if desired
___ Supportive bra, nursing bra if breastfeeding
___ Breast pump and Boppy® or similar pillow if breastfeeding
___ Car seat
___ 3 receiving blankets (in case needed for proper support of baby in car seat)

 

 

   
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