Family Birthing Center

Packing List

Use this checklist to make sure that you’re as ready as possible before you deliver.


  • We encourage you to preregister for your hospital stay so that you can more quickly settle into your private birthing suite when you arrive.
  • If you haven’t preregistered, bring along your driver’s license or another form of photo ID and your medical insurance card.
  • If you have a birthing plan, bring that too.

Creature Comforts

  • Have a favorite pillow? Music you want to hear during labor? A special photo to set on your bedstand? Bring a few comfort items along, so you can make your stay even more enjoyable.
  • Bring a warm pair of socks in case your feet get chilly when it’s time to push.
  • Encourage your spouse or partner to pack an overnight bag and a change of clothes.
  • Bring the contact information of those with whom you’d like to share your good news.
  • We offer a refrigerator and microwave for your use, so consider packing some snacks or easy-to-prepare meals. (Coffee is always available.)
  • Don’t forget your camera to capture moments before and after the delivery. We offer Wi-Fi, so you can stay connected virtually with your friends and family.

Clothes and Toiletries

Pack your favorite things, including:

  • Pajamas or loungewear for after the birth
  • A robe and slippers
  • An outfit to wear home (keeping in mind that many women leave the Hospital wearing maternity clothes because it usually takes some time to return to one’s prepregnancy shape)
  • At least one nursing bra
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and personal items, such as deodorant and cosmetics (We will provide soap, shampoo and sanitary pads, but you may certainly bring your own if you prefer.)

Baby Items

Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Network

This site is part of the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare network of Web sites, which covers a variety of topics using the same philosophy: When it comes to medical care, we know that you have a lot of options. And we want you to know that you're more than a patient to us. You're an individual. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with state-of-the-art medical care and down-to-earth, personalized attention.

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