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What to Bring to the Hospital

In preparation for your upcoming hospital stay, the Women and Children's Program in your hospital has developed the following list of items.

For mother: 

  • Medicare card.
  • Robe and slippers.
  • Comfortable nightwear that allows for skin to skin with baby.
  • Supportive bra or nursing bra (We encourage sports bras, no underwire).
  • Personal items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, brush/comb, deodorant, soap, and lotions.
  • Please no scents!
  • Do not wear nail polish or shellac polish.
  • Full size underwear (4 - 5 pairs, no thongs). You will be given 1 pair of mesh panties for immediate use post-delivery. 
  • Sanitary napkins (maxi or super absorbent pads).
  • Breast pads.
  • Breastfeeding pillow if you wish to use one.
  • Comfortable outfit to wear home.
  • Prescription medications (Nurse is required to view the actual prescription on the bottle).
  • Birth plan (when completed, discuss with Doctor).

Please note - Do not bring valuable items or large amounts of money to the hospital.

For newborn: 

  • 3 - 4 receiving blankets.
  • 3 - 4 baby sleepers.
  • 1 blanket.
  • 1 small package of newborn diapers size 1.
  • Small containers of baby soap, diaper cream and shampoo
  • Outfit for going home
  • Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS) approved car seat ( Online Car Seat Resources Transport Canada-Keep Kids Safe